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Jeff Kolpack, Published November 04 2010

Men's basketball: Fresh frosh, Young Bison help trounce Golden Eagles

It’s Eric Carlson, Michael Tveidt, and when healthy, Freddy Coleman. That’s the hub of the North Dakota State men’s basketball team.

Trying to find the spokes is another matter.

Seven other players can probably lay legitimate claim to a starting position and head coach Saul Phillips at least has a few weeks to figure it out.

“I have less answers right now than any other year,” he said earlier this week. “Truth be told, we have a lot of work to do. A lot of work. We have some unusual interpretations of shot selection at times. But there’s an energy in them and hopefully that carries into the year.”

It carried into Wednesday’s exhibition against Minnesota-Crookston at the Bison Sports Arena. Contributions came from everywhere in a 101-45 victory before 1,115 fans.

Two freshmen – 6-7 redshirt guard Taylor Braun and 6-8 true center Marshall Bjorklund – got starts against the Eagles. That was just an abbreviation of what happened on the floor.

Freshman guard Mike Felt, out almost all of last season with a foot injury and was awarded a medical hardship, was 5 of 6 from 3-point range and finished with 22 points.

“Obviously his shot hasn’t left him,” Tveidt said. “He was hitting them all over the place and also had a couple of nice passes, too.”

It took just under eight minutes for the Bison to grab a 20-point lead at 27-6. They were 10 of 16 from the field, had just one turnover and outrebounded the Golden Eagles 11-4.

On the other end, Crookston never did get an open look in the first half, which ended with a 51-21 Bison lead.

Coleman will be out another two to three weeks with a knee injury. Center Jordan Aaberg did not play because of a concussion. Sophomore guard Dylan Hale and junior guard Damar Wilson are sitting out this season because of NCAA transfer rules.

Freshman TrayVonn Wright had 14 points and seven rebounds and provided a glimpse of his ability with some nifty play around the hoop.

“A lot of athletes,” Tveidt said. “The freshmen all have pretty good new legs. TrayVonn, you saw what he could tonight with a couple of his dunks. We have some new long length to work with.

UMC: Larsen 3-6 0-0 8, Brown 0-3 0-0 0, Hendricks 4-10 3-9 11, Dearden 4-11 0-2 9, Servaty 0-4 0-0 0, Krdzalic 0-2 0-0 0, Anderson 1-6 3-3 5, Boebel 0-0 0-0 0, Schmidt 0-0 0-1 0, Mosby 4-7 0-0 8. Totals: 18-52 6-17 45.

NDSU: Tveidt 4-5 2-2 11, Carlson 5-8 1-2 11, Bjorklund 4-5 0-3 8, Lundberg 3-7 2-3 9, Braun 1-3 4-4 6, Felt 8-11 1-1 22, Zastrow 2-5 0-0 6, Baxter 2-3 0-0 4, Wright 7-16 0-0 14, Nagel 3-4 4-4 10, Newell 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 39-68 14-19 101.

Halftime: NDSU 51, UMC 21. Total fouls: UMC 20, NDSU 23. Fouled out: none. Rebounds: UMC 29 (Larsen 5); NDSU 43 (Bjorklund 8). 3-point goals: UMC 3-11 (Larsen 2-3, Dearden 1-3, Servaty 0-3, Mosby 0-1); NDSU 9-14 (Lundberg 1-1, Felt 5-6, Zastrow 2-4, Baxter 0-1, Wright 0-1, Tveidt 1-1). Assists: UMC 11 (Krdzalic 4); NDSU 23 (three with 4). Turnovers: UMC 19 (Krdzalic 5); NDSU 8 (Tveidt 4). A–1,115.

Bison men’s basketball roster

Name Pos. Ht. Yr.

Fred Newell G 5-7 Fr.

Mike Felt G 6-3 Fr.

Freddy Coleman G 6-3 Sr.

Drew Lundberg G 6-1 Jr.

Nate Zastrow G 6-0 So.

Dylan Hale G 6-1 So.

Michael Tveidt F 6-7 Sr.

Taylor Braun G 6-7 Fr.

Eric Carlson F 6-6 Jr.

Taylor Baxter G 6-5 Fr.

TrayVonn Wright F 6-7 Fr.

Damar Wilson G 6-4 Jr.

Marshall Bjorklund F 6-8 Fr.

Jordan Aaberg F 6-9 So.

Andy Nagel F 6-9 So.

Forum reporter Jeff Kolpack can be heard on the Saturday Morning Sports Show, 9-11 a.m. on WDAY-AM (970). He can be reached at (701) 241-5546.

Kolpack’s NDSU media blog can be found at www.areavoices.com/bisonmedia