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Forum staff reports, Published January 16 2011

Men's basketball: Bison lose another road game, fall to 3-4 in Summit

MACOMB, Ill. – North Dakota State didn’t get any better on the road in the Summit League this weekend. A Saturday loss at Western Illinois was against a team that came in 1-5 in the conference.

The Leathernecks made the plays down the stretch to take a 67-62 victory at Western Hall, dropping the Bison below .500 in the league at 3-4. All four defeats have come away from home.

“No, we really haven’t been good on the road,” said NDSU head coach Saul Phillips. “There’s no other way to put it.”

Michael Tveidt’s 3-point play drew the Bison even at 59-59 with 1:51 remaining. The Leathernecks came back with two free throws, making it five straight points from the foul line.

Bison center Marshall Bjorklund’s bucket tied it again at 1:21. Bjorklund was fouled on the play, but missed his free throw. Once again, the Leathernecks responded with Matt Lander’s layup.

Tveidt drew his team within 63-62 with a free throw with 49 seconds left. He missed his second attempt.

TrayVonn Wright’s steal got the ball back for NDSU, but Tveidt misfired on a contested layup with 22 seconds left. Two free throws by Jack Houpt at :17 made it 65-62 and the Leathernecks put it away on two more free throws by Houpt after Bison guard Drew Lundberg missed a jumper.

It was a tough weekend for Tveidt, the team’s scoring leader. He was a combined 6 of 25 from the field in the two games after hitting 4 of 14 against the Leathernecks.

“Somebody has to pick him up, he’s carried us for a long, long time,” Phillips said.

Tveidt led the Bison with 14 points. Lundberg had 11 and Wright 10 off the bench. NDSU, one of the better 3-point field goal shooting teams in the country, was just 6 of 20 from beyond the arc for 30 percent and hit just 38 percent of its overall field goal attempts.

Lander led Western with 22 points.

“Some of that is a reflection on us and some of that is a tribute to those guys in how they attacked,” Phillips said. “I can’t put a pretty face on it. We weren’t near good enough tonight, yet we were still one play away from a win.”

NDSU (9-8, 3-4 Summit): Tveidt 4-14 4-5 14, Lundberg 4-8 1-1 11, Coleman 3-8 1-2 8, Braun 2-5 2-2 6, Bjorklund 2-4 1-3 5, Wright 4-8 2-2 10, Zastrow 1-3 0-0 3, Carlson 1-5 1-2 3, Nagel 1-1 0-0 2, Felt 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 22-58 12-17 62.

WIU (7-10, 2-5 Summit): Lander 4-10 13-14 22, Houpt 4-6 4-4 15, Johnson 5-7 0-1 14, Okafor Jr. 3-4 0-0 6, Price 1-9 3-4 5, Smith 1-6 1-1 3, Mims 1-2 0-0 2. Totals: 19-44 21-24 67.

Half: WIU 26, NDSU 25. 3-point goals: NDSU 6-20 (Tveidt 2-6, Coleman 1-4, Lundberg 2-3, Braun 0-1, Felt 0-2, Zastrow 1-2, Wright 0-2); WIU 8-15 (Houpt 3-5, Lander 1-2, Johnson 4-5, Smith 0-3). Total fouls: NDSU 21, WIU 18. Fouled out: none. Rebounds: NDSU 28 (Coleman 7); WIU 31 (Price 7). Assists: NDSU 12 (Tveidt, Braun 3); WIU 9 (Lander 4). Turnovers: NDSU 11 (three with 2); WIU 15 (Lander, Johnson 4).