NCAA Game Summary - North Dakota State at Western Michigan
(Wednesday, March 20)
Final Score: Western Michigan 72, North Dakota State 71 (OT)
Kalamazoo, MI (Sports Network) - Shayne Whittington supplied an 18-point performance for Western Michigan as the Broncos defeated the North Dakota State Bison, 72-71, in overtime for a first round win in the College Basketball Invitational at University Arena.
Whittington went a perfect 8-of-8 from the free-throw line and had three blocks for the Broncos (21-12), who will face Wyoming in the quarterfinals. Brandon Pokely added 14 points with a pair of 3-pointers while David Brown had 12 points and Connar Tava managed 10.
North Dakota State's (24-10) strong season came to an abrupt end despite a 23- point, eight-rebound game from TrayVonn Wright. Wright shot 10-of-18 from the field but just 3-of-10 from long-range. Lawrence Alexander contributed 19 points while shooting 3-of-4 from beyond the arc while Taylor Braun recorded a double-double with 11 assists and 10 points to go with eight rebounds.
The Bison shot 50.0 percent from the floor in the first half and led 32-28 at intermission.
The Broncos responded in the second by shooting 48.1 percent from the floor and outscored NDSU 34-30. Wright was able to hit a jumper with two seconds left in regulation to tie the game for the Bison and send it to overtime.
In overtime, the Bison didn't allow the Broncos to take the lead until there were 13 seconds remaining and Tava hit two shots from the charity stripe to put Western Michigan up 72-71. Taylor Braun had two chances to win the game for NDSU in the final seconds but was blocked by Whittington on a layup attempt with four seconds left and then by Tava on another layup attempt just before the buzzer.
The Bison were unable to score a single fast break point. Western Michigan took full advantage of 14 turnovers committed by NDSU, turning them into 25 points.
03/20 21:57:24 ET