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Eric Peterson, Published December 11 2010

Bison roll to 81-55 win in renewal of basketball rivalry with Sioux

Michael Tveidt and Freddy Coleman had one chance to play rival University of North Dakota. The North Dakota State fifth-year seniors didn’t disappoint.

Tveidt and Coleman combined for 40 points and 18 rebounds to lead the Bison to an 81-55 victory Saturday in nonconference basketball at the Fargodome.

“Look at them, they are both bald,” said NDSU coach Saul Phillips with a laugh. “They have been doing this a long time.”

However, not long enough to play in the Bison-Sioux rivalry prior to Saturday night. The last time the teams played was in February 2004, a game that the Sioux won 76-73 in overtime. A record crowd of 10,709 fans were on hand to watch the renewal of a rivalry that was put on pause for nearly seven years. The crowd was the largest to ever watch an NDSU home basketball game.

“The event part made it a little more fun, too,” said Tveidt, who scored a game-high 23 points. “I think the event thing made it a little better.”

Tveidt and Coleman were at their best early in the second half. They helped the Bison turn a 33-33 halftime tied into an 18-point lead less than nine minutes into the second half.

“I thought their experience and strength really showed to our youth,” UND coach Brian Jones said. “They probably wore us out a little bit.”

The Bison started the second half on a 20-2 run. Coleman and Tveidt combined for 12 points during that crucial stretch. The 6-foot-7 Tveidt capped the game-changing surge with a spinning layup. That staked the Bison to a 53-35 lead with 11 minutes, 51 seconds remaining in the second half.

“We obviously didn’t come out as focused as we needed to be,” said UND junior forward Patrick Mitchell, who finished with 12 points. “Not to take any credit away from them. They came out and took some shots.”

The Bison shot a blazing 70 percent (19 of 27) percent from the field in the second half to pull away from the Sioux. Tveidt made 5 of 7 shots from the floor in the second half for 15 points. Coleman was 4 of 5 from the field in the second half for 11 points. In contrast, NDSU shot 36 percent (12 of 33) from the floor in the first 20 minutes.

“I think it was our movement,” Tveidt said. “I think in the first half we clogged up and weren’t moving enough.”

Phillips said the resolve of his two seniors also helped set up a big Bison second half.

“I’m around two guys here who didn’t let us panic in the second half,” Phillips said of Tveidt and Coleman, who flanked their coach at the press table during the postgame news conference. “What you don’t see is the amount of respect these two draw from their teammates and their coaching staff.”

The Sioux played the Bison even for a half, shooting 37 percent (13 of 35) from the field in the first half. Mitchell and 6-11 center Mitch Wilmer, who came off the bench, each scored seven points in the first half.

“I thought we were extremely tough and focused in that first half,” Jones said. “The game was a tale of two halves.”

UND (3-6): Mitchell 3-7 5-6 12, Benter 1-3 2-2 4, Webb 6-17 0-1 12, Goodman 0-3 0-0 0, Schuler 1-6 1-1 3, Anderson 2-6 1-2 5, Haugen 0-0 0-0 0, Huff 2-10 1-2 5, Allard 0-4 0-0 0, Wilmer 2-3 6-8 10, Brekke 1-1 0-0 2, Clausen 0-1 0-0 0, Archer 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 19-62 16-22 55.

NDSU (6-3): Tveidt 9-13 4-6 23, Carlson 4-7 4-8 12, Bjorklund 4-6 1-3 9, Coleman 7-13 2-5 14, Lundberg 4-6 1-1 10, Felt 0-0 0-0 0, Zastrow 0-2 0-0 0, Braun 1-6 2-2 5, Wright 2-6 1-2 6, Nagel 0-1 0-2 2. Totals 31-60 15-29 81

Half: NDSU 33, UND 33. 3-point goals: UND 1-13 (Mitchell 1-5, Webb 0-1, Goodman 0-1, Schuler 0-2, Anderson 0-2, Huff 0-1, Allard 0-1), NDSU 4-13 (Tveidt 1-1, Coleman 1-2, Lundberg 1-2, Zastrow 0-2, Braun 0-3, Wright 1-3).

Total fouls: UND 23, NDSU 20. Fouled out: Mitchell, Wright, Benter. Rebounds: UND 37 (Huff 7), NDSU 43 (Coleman 14). Assists: UND 5 (Webb 4), NDSU 21 (Tveidt 5). Steals: UND 4 (Webb 2), NDSU 5 (five players with 1). Turnovers: UND 15 (Webb 4), NDSU 9 (three players with 2).

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