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Eric Peterson, Published December 05 2010

Men's basketball: NDSU continues dominance over Jacks

BROOKINGS, S.D. – A missed shot didn’t necessarily mean an empty possession for North Dakota State on Saturday at Frost Arena.

The Bison ripped down 25 offensive rebounds that led the 28 second-chance points. That dominance on the glass sparked the Bison to an 82-75 victory against rival South Dakota State in Summit League men’s basketball.

“I don’t know if I’ve ever had a team give up 25 offensive rebounds,” SDSU coach Scott Nagy said.

Bison freshman TrayVonn Wright was spectacular on the glass with nine offensive rebounds, including five putbacks in the second half. A rangy 6-foot-7, Wright had three highlight worthy tip-in dunks in the second half.

“He is a bona fide freak athlete and I think he arrived on the scene tonight,” NDSU coach Saul Phillips said. “He gives us something that we haven’t had here, period, athletically.”

Wright, who said he has a 40-inch vertical, finished with 15 points, 15 rebounds and three blocked shots. All were career highs. Wright scored 13 of his points in the second half with many of those coming at key times.

“I just crashed the glass hard every time and try to pick up the misses,” Wright said. “That’s what I was trying to do.”

The Bison (5-3, 1-0 Summit) have won the past nine meetings against the previously unbeaten Jackrabbits (6-1, 0-1) who had won every game this season by double digits heading into Saturday.

“The tougher team wins the battle of the boards and they were tougher,” Nagy said. “The nine in a row doesn’t bother me. Losing tonight like we did really bothers me. … I’m not sitting around counting those things.”

SDSU lost despite a game-high and career-high 36 points from sophomore guard Nate Wolters. Wolters’ 36 points were the most scored in a game at Frost Arena since 2004.

SDSU took its only lead in the second half after senior guard Dale Moss threw down a thunderous two-handed dunk, which was set up by a slick feed from Wolters in transition. That gave the Jackrabbits a 53-51 edge with 10 minutes, 48 seconds remaining and had the announced crowd of 5,547 fans rocking.

Not to be outdone, Wright followed with a tip-in dunk 18 seconds later. That sparked a 7-0 surge that put the Bison in the lead for good. Wright drained a

3-pointer with 8:46 to play to cap that key rally for a 58-53 Bison lead.

“He would come down dropping out of the rafters,” Phillips said of Wright. “We had more dunks tonight than I think we had all last year.”

NDSU (5-3, 0-1 Summit): Tveidt 5-10 2-2 13, E. Carlson 6-15 2-4 14, Bjorklund 4-7 3-3 11, Coleman 1-4 1-2 3, Lundberg 3-10 0-0 6, Zastrow 4-7 2-2 12, Braun 1-4 0-2 2, Wright 6-12 2-2 15, Nagel 3-3 0-0 6. Totals 33-72 12-17 82.

SDSU (6-1, 0-1): Dykstra 1-6 2-3 4, Wolters 12-25 8-11 36, Moss 2-2 0-1 4, Sargent 4-17 2-2 11, Callahan 1-6 0-0 3, Stephenson 0-0 0-0 0, B. Carlson 0-0 0-0 0, White 1-4 4-5 7, Fiegen 5-11 0-0 10. Totals 26-71 16-22 75.

Half: NDSU 37, SDSU 28. 3-point goals: NDSU 4-13 (Tveidt 1-2, Coleman 0-1, Lundberg 0-2, Zastrow 2-4, Braun 0-1, Wright 1-3), SDSU 7-27 (Dykstra 0-2, Wolters 4-7, Sargent 1-10, Callahan 1-4, White 1-4). Total fouls: NDSU 22, SDSU 17.

Rebounds: NDSU 55 (Wright 15), SDSU 37 (Fiegen 7). Assists: NDSU 6 (E. Carlson 2, Zastrow 2), SDSU 10 (Wolters 6). Steals: NDSU 5 (five players with 1), SDSU 7 (Wolters 3). Turnovers: NDSU 18 (E. Carlson 7), SDSU (three players with 2).

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