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Forum and wire reports, Published January 03 2013

Bjorklund powers Bison past Coyotes

VERMILLION, S.D. – Marshall Bjorklund scored 23 points, grabbed eight rebounds and North Dakota State shot nearly 64 percent from the field in a 92-66 win over South Dakota on Thursday night in Summit League men’s basketball.

Bjorklund sparked an 8-0 run to begin the game with two quick layups and NDSU (12-3, 3-0 Summit) never looked back. The Bison shot 63.8 percent from the field, making 37 of 58 attempts including 10 3-pointers and out-rebounded the Coyotes

32-20.

Bjorklund made his first seven field-goal attempts Thursday.

“He had gone two games and a full half of basketball without missing a shot,” Bison head coach Saul Phillips said. “That’s unbelievable.”

North Dakota State dominated inside the paint, outscoring South Dakota 46-22.

“I thought it was a terrific total team effort,” Phillips said. “We had a bunch of guys play strong on both ends. Probably our most complete game of the season.”

Taylor Braun scored 14 of his 19 points in the first half for the Bison, Mike Felt had 15 points while hitting five 3-pointers and Jordan Aaberg had 12 points.

Casey Kasperbauer led South Dakota (6-9, 2-1) with 15 points by hitting five 3-pointers and Brandon Bos scored 14 points.

The two teams combined to hit 19 shots from beyond the arc.

“We came out with a lot of intensity on the road, which is always good,” Aaberg said.

N. DAKOTA ST. (12-3): Wright 3-4 0-0 7, Bjorklund 11-13 1-1 23, Alexander 1-3 0-0 2, Brown 0-0 0-0 0, Braun 7-10 3-4 19, Newell 1-2 1-1 3, Felt 5-11 0-0 15, Zastrow 0-3 1-2 1, Mauch 1-1 0-0 3, VandenBergh 1-2 0-0 2, Kading 2-4 0-0 5, Aaberg 5-5 2-2 12. Totals 37-58 8-10 92.

S. DAKOTA (6-10): Gruis 4-7 1-2 9, Tecker 2-3 0-0 4, Myles 3-9 4-4 11, Bos 4-8 4-5 14, Rowson 1-6 0-0 2, Boots 2-3 0-0 4, Kasperbauer 5-8 0-0 15, Flack 1-4 0-2 2, Robertson 2-4 0-1 5. Totals 24-52 9-14 66.

Halftime: N. Dakota St. 52-26. 3-Point Goals: N. Dakota St. 10-19 (Felt 5-11, Braun 2-2, Mauch 1-1, Wright 1-2, Kading 1-2, Zastrow 0-1), S. Dakota 9-19 (Kasperbauer 5-7, Bos 2-4, Robertson 1-2, Myles 1-4, Flack 0-1, Boots 0-1). Rebounds: N. Dakota St. 32 (Bjorklund 8), S. Dakota 20 (Flack 7). Assists: N. Dakota St. 20 (Alexander 5), S. Dakota 13 (Bos 4). Total Fouls: N. Dakota St. 13, S. Dakota 9. A: 1,741.