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Jeff Kolpack, Published January 28 2011

Tveidt scores 27 points as NDSU men's basketball ends four-game skid

Michael Tveidt thawed out, and so did the North Dakota State men’s basketball team on Thursday night.

Tveidt had 27 points in his best game in three weeks, leading the Bison over Southern Utah. The 87-75 victory before 2,221 fans at the Bison Sports Arena snapped a four-game losing streak and improved NDSU to 4-6 in the Summit.

Tveidt came in hitting just 13 of 42 field goals in his last four games. He looked more in the flow against the Thunderbirds, hitting 11 of 18 shots.

“I was due,” Tveidt said. “It’s the second half of the conference coming around, and we owe some people some wins.”

Tveidt’s 3-pointer and Taylor Braun’s 10-footer gave the Bison their largest lead of the game at 76-64 with 5:03 remaining.

Moments later, another Tveidt trey made it 79-66.

Whatever ailed the Bison last week in poor outside shooting and free-throw percentage was cured Thursday. They hit 20 of 21 free throws (which tied for second in school single game history) and shot 56 percent from the field.

For Tveidt, it’s all in getting more arch on the shot, something both he and head coach Saul Phillips emphasized after the game.

“He got in a rut,” Phillips said.

The Thunderbirds were coming off an 87-61 home loss to IUPUI, where SUU was outscored 47-18 in the second half. But the T-birds hit eight of their first nine shots against the Bison and hung tight in the first half.

Eric Carlson’s 15-foot fadeaway at the buzzer made it 41-37. A quick two hoops by Tveidt and a pair of Drew Lundberg free throws to start the second half made it a double-digit lead and the Bison were threatening to put the Thunderbirds in the distance.

“We lost the game in the first five minutes of the second half and the whole defensive effort,” said SUU head coach Roger Reid. “We shot 52 percent, but unless you make the commitment to play defense, it’s tough to win.”

Carlson added 19 points with an accurate 7 of 9 field goals in his best game in awhile, too.

“Both Eric Carlson and myself had been frustrated,” Tveidt said. “He had a good game.”

NDSU played most of the game without starting guard Freddy Coleman, who Phillips said tweaked an MCL in his knee in practice Tuesday. His status appears to be day-to-day.

“He gave us what he could,” Phillips said.

SUU (6-14, 3-7 Summit): Stevenett 4-5 0-0 8, Davis 5-8 6-8 16, Massey 7-10 3-4 18, Jones 3-6 0-1 6, Brimley 3-10 4-4 12, Heuir 0-1 2-2 2, Taylor 0-0 0-0 0, Nielson 2-7 2-2 6, Wierick 0-0 0-0 0, Koehler 1-1 0-0 2, Hodgson 0-0 1-2 1. Totals: 26-50 20-25 75.

NDSU (10-10, 4-6 Summit): Tveidt 11-18 2-2 27, Carlson , Bjorklund 1-3 1-2 3, Coleman 1-4 0-0 2, Braun 4-7 2-2 10, Felt 0-1 0-0 0, Lundberg 3-7 8-8 14, Zastrow , Wright 4-4 0-0 8, Nagel 1-2 2-2 4, Newell 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 32-57 20-21 87.

Halftime: NDSU 41, SUU 37. Total fouls: SUU 20, NDSU 21. Fouled out: Massey. Rebounds: SUU 24 (Davis 7); NDSU 29 (Braun 6). 3-point goals: SUU 3-9 (Massey 1-1, Brimley 2-5, Nielson 0-3); NDSU 3-9 (Tveidt 3-6, Coleman 0-1, Zastrow 0-1, Lundberg 0-1). Assists: SUU 13 (Jones 5); NDSU 15 (Braun 5). Turnovers: SUU 13 (three with 3); NDSU 10 (Braun 3). A-2,221.


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.

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