FARGO, N.D. - North Dakota State strung together runs of 19-0 and 17-0 to run away with an 84-61 win over South Dakota State on Saturday night in both team's regular season finale in front of 4,136 fans at Bison Sports Arena in Fargo, N.D.
"This is our 29th game, and even in our loses we've been in the game, this is the one game we basically we weren't in the entire year," head coach Scott Nagy said after the loss. "There could be a million questions asking why. I can ask and the players can ask, but I don't have the answers to them."
The loss ends the Jackrabbits regular season with an 18-11 overall record and a 10-8 record in Summit League games. The Bison improve to an even 14-14 overall with their 10th straight win over the Jacks and end the regular season 8-10 in league play.
Michael Tveidt led the Bison with 17 points, Taylor Braun finished with 14, Marshall Bjorklund 14 and Mike Felt 12 points in the win.
SDSU scored first on its first possession, but Bison answered with a 19-0 run, capped with NDSU dunks on back-to-back trips down the floor and prompting an SDSU timeout. The run came on an end on a pair of Nate Wolters free throws after an NDSU technical foul.
The Jacks would battle back from the free throw line to get as close as six points, but the Bison scored the last seven points of the half to take a 35-22 lead into the locker room at halftime.
SDSU shot just 4-of-27 from the floor in the half (14.8 percent), with single baskets from four different Jackrabbits. A 12-for-19 effort from the free throw line kept the Jacks in the game, as the Bison's shot 14-of-33 effort (42.4 percent) from the floor, and shot just eight free throws, making five of them.
The 7-0 Bison run to end the first half carried over in the second half, turning into a 17-0 burst and stretching the NDSU lead to 46-24 with 16:25 left to play. Dale Moss broke the run with a layup at the 15:48 mark, the Jacks first points of the half, but the Jacks would get no closer than 17 points the rest of the game.
The Jacks did bounce back to shoot 48 percent in the second half on 15-of-31 shooting, but NDSU kicked up their offense a notch as well, shooting 59 percent on 16-of-27 shooting.
The Jackrabbits return to action next weekend at The Summit League Championships in Sioux Falls as either the No. 4 or No. 5 seed. If IPFW defeats UMKC on Saturday, the Jacks earn the No. 4 seed and plays IPFW. If UMKC beats IPFW, the Jacks get the No. 5 seed and play UMKC. No matter how it shakes out, the Jacks play on Sunday, March 6, at 6 p.m.
NOTES: The Bison lead the all-time series 109-92, with wins in each of the last 10 meetings ... Nate Wolters scored 14 points to increase his sophomore scoring record to 551 points ... Clint Sargent did not make a three-point field goal in the game for the third time this season, and his two points, both from the free throw line, mark his lowest point total since he scored two points at Nevada on Dec. 12, 2009 ... Brayden Carlson's 11 points ties a career-high set on Feb. 5, 2011 at Centenary ... Senior Payton Tivis, a North Dakota native, made his first-career three-point basket in the game