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Jeff Kolpack, Published December 02 2013

Bison basketball breezes past VCSU

FARGO – Nobody had broken a sweat yet at the Bison Sports Arena when Valley City State head men’s basketball coach Jeff Kaminsky called a timeout. He appeared to give his team a wake-up call.

If any team was in need of an alarm, it probably would have been North Dakota State. The Bison played hard-fought games Friday and Saturday night over the weekend in California, where both started at 10:45 central time.

If that wasn’t enough, Sunday turned into an all-day travel affair, when NDSU’s flight from San Francisco to Minneapolis was delayed, thus causing the Bison to miss their connection to Fargo. They didn’t arrive until around 11 p.m.

“Honestly, it was a little tough but we didn’t complain once,” said Bison freshman guard Carlin Dupree.

NDSU was still sharp in an 86-43 victory Monday night over the Vikings. They shot 57 percent and rarely had a lapse on defense.

Two factors were responsible for that: a veteran team that is used to traveling, and an NAIA opponent in Valley City that physically didn’t match up.

“It shows in nights like tonight,” said NDSU head coach Saul Phillips of his senior-dominated roster. “We had a scouting report-slash-shootaround today and they handled it like men.”

The blowout was another opportunity for Dupree to get acclimatized to the college game. He missed the start of the season with an elbow injury but looked healthy against Valley City with 12 points.

“I’m getting more into the flow,” Dupree said, “but I still have a long ways to go. On defense, I don’t think I’m there yet, getting lost at times. The coaches will work with me on that.”

This one was over early.

The Bison, behind a couple of TrayVonn Wright dunks, jumped out to a quick 19-5 lead in the first seven minutes. It was 41-20 at halftime, with NDSU shooting 53 percent and out-rebounding the Vikings 20-9.

Still, not all was lost for the Vikings, who were looking at other things than the final score. Kaminsky said he was looking to see how his team competed against a higher level team.

“We came out of this a better team,” he said. “And I wanted our team to get a sense of unity with the guys playing for each other.”

VCSU (1-8): Pratt 0-0 0-0 0, Lloyd 1-5 0-0 3, Duske 2-9 4-6 7, McDonald 1-6 0-2 3, Kroeplin 2-6 0-0 6, Shockman 0-1 0-0 0, Krueger 0-1 0-0 0, Thielges 2-2 0-0 5, Peterson 4-5 0-0 8, Ware 1-5 0-0 3, Romeus 2-8 1-2 7, Robinson 0-0 0-0 0, Rambow 0-3 0-0 0, Saavedra 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 15-51 5-10 43.

NDSU (5-3): Wright 3-3 1-2 7, Bjorklund 5-6 2-2 12, Alexander 4-9 0-0 11, Brown 4-8 0-0 9, Braun 3-4 1-2 9, Felt 3-7 3-4 10, Dupree 4-7 2-3 12, Kading 2-4 2-2 6, Aaberg 3-4 3-3 9, Checkal 0-1 1-2 1, Newell 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 31-54 15-20 86.

Halftime: NDSU 41, VC 20. Total fouls: VC 14, NDSU 9. Fouled out: Peterson. Rebounds: VC 24 (Duske 7); NDSU 40 (Kading 6). 3-point goals: VC 8-28 (Lloyd 1-2, Duske 0-3, McDonald 1-6, Kroeplin 2-4, Krueger 0-1, Ware 1-3, Thielges 1-1, Romeus 2-7, Rambow 0-1); NDSU 9-18 (Alexander 3-5, Braun 2-2, Brown 1-1, Felt 1-5, Dupree 2-3). Assists: VC 10 (Duske 4); NDSU 12 (Brown, Braun 3). Turnovers: VC 14 (McDonald 5); NDSU 9 (Aaberg 4). A-1,047.

Forum reporter Jeff Kolpack can be reached at (701) 241-5546.

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