(Friday, March 14th)
Final Score: North Dakota 79, Portland State 63
Ogden, UT (SportsNetwork.com) - Aaron Anderson scored 19 points and pulled down six rebounds as North Dakota defeated the Portland State Vikings, 79-63, in the semifinals of the 39th annual Big Sky Conference Tournament at the Dee Events Center.
Also scoring in double figures for second-seeded North Dakota (17-15) were Troy Huff and Jaron Nash with 18 and 13 points, respectively, the former shooting just 3-of-14 from the floor, but 12-of-15 at the free-throw line.
Fifth-seeded Portland State (17-14) was paced by Gary Winston with 14 points, Kyle Richardson chipped in 13 and eight rebounds, followed by Andre Winston and DaShaun Wiggins with 12 points apiece in the setback.
UND scored the first points of the contest and never looked back, shooting an impressive 51.7 percent from the field, although just 1of-7 beyond the arc, en route to a 39-25 advantage at the break. The Vikings made a total of only seven field goals through the first 20 minutes.
The second half saw North Dakota convert only 10-of-31 (.323) from the field, but made up for it with 20-of-25 accuracy at the free-throw line in order to take the win.
Portland State was outscored in the paint, 46-18, and turned the ball over 18 times, leading to 21 points for North Dakota.
With the victory, North Dakota heads to the tournament title game on Saturday to face Weber State for the right to represent the conference in the NCAA Tournament.
Final Score: Weber State 66, Northern Colorado 63 (OT)
Ogden, UT (SportsNetwork.com) - Davion Berry led the way with 15 points and five assists as the top-seeded Weber State Wildcats edged the sixth-seeded Northern Colorado Bears in overtime, 66-63, in the Big Sky Conference semifinals at the Dee Events Center.
For the Wildcats (18-11), Jordan Richardson added 13 points, Kyle Tresnak scored 11 and Richaud Gittens chipped in with 10 points. The Wildcats will advance to face North Dakota in the Big Sky championship game Saturday.
Derrick Barden led all scorers with 21 points for the Bears (18-13), while Tate Unruh scored 12 and Cody McDavis finished with 10 points.
Shooting 46.2 percent from the field, including 2-of-8 from beyond the arc, Weber State took a 27-24 advantage into halftime. Northern Colorado shot 44.4 percent in the half and missed all three of its 3-point tries.
The Bears heated up after intermission, connecting on 59.1 percent of their field goal tries. The Wildcats shot just 41.7 percent but did hit on 4-of-9 from 3-point range. Trailing by seven, 55-48, with just under four minutes to play, the Bears held the Wildcats scoreless down the stretch and scored the final seven points of regulation, tying the game on a 3-pointer by Barden with 1:51 to play. Both teams had chances to take the lead in the final seconds but were unsuccessful, as they went into overtime knotted at 55-55.
The Wildcats opened the extra session on an 8-1 run to take a seven-point lead with two minutes left in overtime. The Bears battled back to get within one with 42 seconds on the clock, but the Wildcats were able to hold on down the stretch to get the win and advance to the title game.
Weber State had the edge in points in the paint, 30-26. The teams were knotted in rebounds for the game at 31-31.
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