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(Wednesday, November 21st)
Final Score: North Dakota State 66, James Madison 44
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Taylor Braun compiled 19 points, seven rebounds and six assists as North Dakota State closed out its Progressive Legends Classic schedule with a 66-44 rout of James Madison at the A.J. Palumbo Center.
TrayVonn Wright contributed 12 points to help the Bison (5-1) post their fourth straight win and third in the Pittsburgh Subregional in as many days. North Dakota State shot 53.3 percent from the field and put together a 14-4 run over the final seven minutes to put the game out of reach.
The Bison trailed 20-19 with under 6 1/2 minutes in the first half, but outscored the Dukes 15-4 over the remainder of the period to build a 34-24 halftime lead.
Braun recorded the final five points of the spurt, including a pair of free throws with four seconds left that accounted for the 10-point spread.
JMU made a bid early in the second half, using an 8-1 flurry capped by Taylor Bessick's tip-in to pull within 37-32 with 13:39 left. Braun knocked down a triple on the other end, however, jump-starting a sequence of seven straight points that extended North Dakota State's advantage to 12.
The Dukes never got closer than nine points the rest of the way.
Andre Nation was the only James Madison (1-3) player in double figures, finishing with 10 points as the Dukes finished 1-2 for the event.
11/21 19:15:13 ET
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