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Forum staff reports , Published November 20 2012

Wright's double-double paces NDSU to men's basketball win

PITTSBURGH – TrayVonn Wright had game highs of 18 points and 10 rebounds as North Dakota State defeated Duquesne 57-43 in men’s basketball Tuesday at the Progressive Legends Classic.

Wright scored nine of NDSU’s 15 points during a 15-0 Bison run that vaulted them to a 49-24 lead with 12 minutes left.

“I didn’t realize it was a 15-0 run honestly,” Wright said. “I was just playing.”

“Wright played his best game as a Bison by a long shot,” NDSU head coach Saul Phillips said. “He was really active all over.”

It was the third career double-double for Wright.

“Just starting to relax and get used to the game,” said Wright, a junior. “I’ve been here for three years. It’s about time I get used to things.”

NDSU shined on defense, limiting the Dukes to 19 first-half points. That was the lowest point for a Bison opponent at halftime since February of 2011.

“You can’t hold a team like that to 19 first-half points without an all-around effort,” Phillips said. “It was without question one of the best defensive efforts since we moved to Division I.”

Wright said the emphasis defensively was placed on limiting Duquesne’s transition opportunities.

“They push the ball really hard,” Wright said. “They’re a fast team.”

NDSU committed only two turnovers in the first half and six for the game. That is the fewest turnovers in one game for the Bison in nearly a year.

The Bison carry a three-game winning streak into today’s matchup against James Madison as Progressive Legends Classic play wraps up.

N. DAKOTA ST. (4-1): Wright 8-17 0-0 18, Bjorklund 5-9 2-5 12, Alexander 1-8 0-0 2, Brown 3-3 0-0 6, Braun 3-12 3-3 11, Newell 0-0 0-0 0, Felt 2-6 0-0 6, Zastrow 0-0 0-0 0, VandenBergh 0-1 0-0 0, Kading 1-3 0-3 2. Totals 23-59 5-11 57.

DUQUESNE (1-3): Marhold 4-9 1-2 9, Pantophlet 0-2 0-0 0, Colter 2-8 0-0 5, Jerr. Jones 1-7 0-0 3, Johnson 3-10 2-4 8, Torres 2-6 2-2 8, Binney 0-2 0-0 0, Winters 0-6 0-0 0, Jere. Jones 2-7 0-0 4, Abele 1-1 0-0 2, Martin 1-1 2-2 4. Totals 16-59 7-10 43.

Halftime: N. Dakota St. 34-19. 3-Point Goals: N. Dakota St. 6-16 (Wright 2-3, Braun 2-4, Felt 2-5, VandenBergh 0-1, Alexander 0-3), Duquesne 4-22 (Torres 2-4, Colter 1-3, Jerr. Jones 1-4, Pantophlet 0-1, Binney 0-2, Jere. Jones 0-2, Johnson 0-3, Winters 0-3). Fouled Out: Felt. Rebounds: N. Dakota St. 38 (Wright 10), Duquesne 46 (Johnson 8). Assists_N. Dakota St. 12 (Braun 6), Duquesne 7 (Colter, Winters 2). Total Fouls: N. Dakota St. 16, Duquesne 8. A: NA.