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Tom Miller / Forum New Service, Published December 15 2013

UND sails past Presentation in men's hoops

GRAND FORKS – As tradition goes, University of North Dakota basketball fans begin standing at the start of a game and don’t sit until the opposing team scores.

On Sunday afternoon, the North Dakota men’s basketball team tested the endurance of the 1,398 in attendance.

UND didn’t surrender a basket until nearly eight minutes into the game and coasted to a 78-32 win over NAIA member Presentation College at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.

UND, which improved to 3-6, opened the game on an 18-0 run, not allowing Presentation (10-3 overall) of Aberdeen, S.D., to score until a Terry Strong 3-pointer broke the drought.

Presentation, which faced NCAA Division II foe Bemidji State on Saturday night, missed its first 13 shots from the floor, finishing the first half 4-for-32. For the game, Presentation was 9-for-62 from the field, including a 2 of 19 showing from 3-point range.

The 32 points surrendered were the fewest UND has given up since beating Presentation 74-32 last year.

“We needed to get our confidence back after losing five in a row,” UND coach Brian Jones said. “We needed to understand that when we do things the right way you’ll get rewarded. After a long haul on the road, it was good being back at home to compete and win.”

UND was led by Troy Huff’s 19 points and five steals, while Chad Calcaterra (11 points) and Aaron Anderson (10) were also in double figures scoring.

UND has been on the road since Nov. 24, when the Green and White had an emotional 18-point victory over rival North Dakota State at the Betty. Since, UND went winless in Eugene, Ore., against Cal Poly, Oregon and Pacific. The losing skid continued last week in road non-conference losses at Butler and Bowling Green.

The biggest issue during the losing streak – apart from the high-quality competition – was interior defense. UND was allowing opponents to shoot 51.8 percent from the field.

UND has spent the entire season without senior center Brandon Brekke, who hasn’t recovered from concussion symptoms suffered last season. Then against Butler and Bowling Green, UND played without post Ryan Salmonson, who sat out against Presentation, too.

PRESENTATION (10-3): Robinson 2-6 0-0 4, Hendricks 0-6 0-0 0, Davis 0-4 2-2 2, Gillett 2-8 0-0 4, Charlitte 0-1 0-0 0, Haymond 2-11 3-7 7, Threatt-Ray 0-6 2-2 2, Strong 2-8 2-2 8, Dominquez 0-0 0-0 0, Jarvis 0-1 0-0 0, Fischer 1-8 3-4 5, Flemmer 0-0 0-0 0, Goetzinger 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 9-62 12-17 32.

NORTH DAKOTA (3-6): Anderson 4-6 0-0 10, Nash 3-6 2-4 8, Huff 7-10 4-6 19, Webb 0-4 0-0 0, Calcaterra 4-5 3-6 11, Stefan 3-8 0-0 8, Antwi 2-7 1-2 5, Benton 0-0 0-0 0, Blake 0-2 0-0 0, Hooker 2-3 1-1 6, Hobaugh 0-0 0-0 0, Schuler 1-2 0-0 3, Traylor 4-6 0-0 8. Totals 30-59 11-19 78.

Halftime: North Dakota 44-13. 3-Point Goals: Presentation 2-19 (Strong 2-6, Hendricks 0-1, Fischer 0-1, Jarvis 0-1, Robinson 0-2, Goetzinger 0-2, Threatt-Ray 0-3, Davis 0-3), North Dakota 7-20 (Anderson 2-4, Stefan 2-5, Schuler 1-1, Hooker 1-1, Huff 1-2, Blake 0-1, Webb 0-2, Antwi 0-4). Fouled Out: None. Rebounds: Presentation 40 (Strong 9), North Dakota 49 (Calcaterra 12). Assists: Presentation 4 (Strong 2), North Dakota 15 (Webb 5). Total Fouls: Presentation 17, North Dakota 17. A: 1,398.


Miller writes for the Grand Forks Herald