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Forum staff reports, Published November 19 2012

BIson men prevail over Youngstown State in overtime

PITTSBURGH – Make it three consecutive wins for the North Dakota State men’s basketball team.

The Bison defeated Youngstown State 83-80 in overtime during the Progressive Legends Classic on Monday at the A.J. Palumbo Center.

Junior guard Mike Felt scored 24 points and had six rebounds to lead NDSU (3-1).

“It was a grown man’s win,” NDSU head coach Saul Phillips said. “Youngstown is a lot better than most people around the country would understand. They were relentless and tough as I have seen. Their guard Kendrick Perry was just absolutely relentless.”

Perry finished with 34 points for the Penguins (3-1).

Momentum wasn’t going NDSU’s way at the beginning of overtime.

Youngstown jumped out to a four-point lead, but junior forward TrayVonn Wright and Felt hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give NDSU a 70-68 lead.

The Bison never trailed after that.

“We went into overtime with not a lot of momentum,” Phillips said. “We fell down by four points right away. TrayVonn Wright hit a huge 3-pointer from the corner that was absolutely massive.

“We stayed disciplined and ran our offense even when it looked like it was slipping away from us. We were able to convert on enough possessions to go ahead.”

All six of Felt’s field goals were from beyond the arc. He was also 6 of 6 from the free-throw line.

“My teammates did a great job of finding me,” Felt said. “I owe a lot to them setting screens for me.

“We had a lot of players step up. I think we played really well as a team.”

NDSU was without junior guard Taylor Braun the entire duration of overtime after he fouled out during regulation.

“(Taylor) is our best player and to be able to come through without him is a big step forward for this team,” Phillips said. “It was a type of game that we couldn’t win a year ago, but we are winning now.”

Braun finished with 12 points. Sophomore guard Lawrence Alexander added 17 points and six rebounds for the Bison, who are 3-0 since losing to No. 1 Indiana in the season opener.

NDSU outscored Youngstown 32-5 in points off the bench and was a perfect 10-for-10 from the free-throw line in overtime.

The Bison held Youngstown to 38 percent shooting from the field in the victory.

NORTH DAKOTA STATE (3-1): Wright 3-9 0-0 7, Bjorklund 4-6 3-4 11, Alexander 4-12 8-10 17, Brown 1-5 2-2 4, Braun 6-14 0-0 12, Felt 6-14 6-6 24, Zastrow 0-0 2-2 2, VandenBergh 0-0 0-2 0, Kading 2-5 2-2 6, Aaberg 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 26-65 23-28 83.

YOUNGSTOWN STATE (3-1): Belin 5-11 5-5 15, Eargle 3-14 2-2 8, Allen 4-12 0-1 10, Perry 13-25 4-5 34, Amiker 4-8 0-2 8, Cole 0-4 0-0 0, Chojnacki 0-0 3-4 3, Hain 1-5 0-0 2. Totals: 30-79 14-19 80.

Half: NDSU 34, YS 27. 3-point goals: NDSU 8-15 (Wright 1-1, Alexander 1-3, Braun 0-1, Felt 6-10), YU 6-18 (Belin 0-2, Allen 2-6, Perry 4-9, Amiker 0-1). Total fouls: NDSU 19, YU 20. Fouled out: Wright and Braun. Rebounds: NDSU 47 (Brown 8), YU 47 (Belin 11). Assists: NDSU 11 (Alexander 4), YU 10 (Amiker). Steals: NDSU 1 (Kading 1), YU 5 (Eargle 2). Turnovers: NDSU 13, YU 7.