North Dakota State (11-3) at South Dakota (6-9)
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DATE & TIME: Thursday, January 3, 8 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: DakotaDome (10,284) -- Vermillion, South Dakota.
Television: Midco Sports Network. Home Record: NDSU 6-0, USD 4-2. Away Record:
NDSU 3-3, USD 1-6. Neutral Record: NDSU 2-0, USD 1-1. Conference Record: NDSU
2-0, USD 2-1. Series Record:North Dakota State leads, 87-76.
GAME NOTES: The North Dakota State Bison try to stay unbeaten in Summit League
play as they venture to the DakotaDome to face the South Dakota Coyotes.
NDSU earned its third win in a row on Saturday by defeating South Dakota
State, 65-62, in a tightly contested bout at home. The Bison's victory
improved them to 11-3 on the season and 2-0 in conference action. They are
only 3-3 in away games, but two of those losses came to nationally ranked foes
in Indiana and Minnesota. Coach Saul Phillips has his team playing well on
both ends of the floor with a scoring offense average of 70.3 ppg to a much
lower scoring defense mark of 57.4 ppg.
Dave Boots and his Coyotes fell to a 6-9 record on New Year's Eve when they
suffered a 70-50 loss to Kansas State in Manhattan. The setback came two days
after South Dakota completed a 95-72 rout of Nebraska Omaha to build an
early season 2-1 Summit League mark. The Coyotes are even better than the
visitors on the offensive end with an average of 71 ppg on 43.5 percent
shooting from the field, but they need some work on the other end where they
are surrendering 74 ppg.
NDSU survived its last two encounters with South Dakota to increase its all-
time series lead to 87-76. The Bison swept last season's series by a total of
The Bison took a narrow two-point lead into halftime of their bout against
SDSU on Saturday before erupting to knock down 57.9 percent from the floor in
the second period, during which they limiting their opponents to a mere 2-of-8
from 3-point range in the final 20 minutes of action. Marshall Bjorklund
recorded a team-high 20 points, shooting a perfect 8-of-8 from the floor, to
go with five rebounds. Lawrence Alexander scored 18 points and recorded six
assists, while Taylor Braun contributed 11 points off the bench. Braun's
excellent relief work was no fluke. The junior guard has scored in double-
figures in seven straight games and leads the team with 15.4 ppg. Bjorklund
(12.4 ppg, 5.8 rpg) and Alexander (10.6 ppg, 3.8 apg) are both also
contributing in multiple ways on a regular basis.
South Dakota added one of the conference's top newcomers to its squad this
season when Kansas State transfer Juevol Myles became eligible to suit up.
Myles scored just 13 points against his former team his last time out, but he
proved he capable of much more earlier in the month when he poured in 32
points against Morehead State to pass the 20-point mark for the fifth time.
The senior guard is averaging a team-best 15.1 ppg. Trevor Gruis (11.3 ppg,
5.9 rpg) and Karim Rowson (11.1 ppg) are joining the former Wildcat in double-
Despite the addition of Myles to the fold, South Dakota will still be an
underdog against the visiting Bison. NDSU should be able to keep the ball
rolling with its more balanced attack, although it will not be a walk in the
park if Myles heats up.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: North Dakota State 78, South Dakota 72
01/03 10:42:53 ET
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