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Photo by Kirby Lee / USA TODAY North Dakota State guard Taylor Braun, right, celebrates in overtime during the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament against Oklahoma on Thursday at Veterans Memorial Arena. The Bison defeated the Sooners 80-75.

NDSU shows toughness in Sooners game


SPOKANE, Wash. — North Dakota State center Marshall Bjorklund on Friday looked more like somebody who just went through a boxing match than an NCAA basketball tournament game. His teammate, guard Taylor Braun, didn’t look much better.

Black eyes. Facial bruises. There was a liberal use of ice after the upset of Oklahoma on Thursday night.

“A few scratches I guess, nothing too serious that will keep us out of the game,” Bjorklund said.

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Jeff Kolpack
Jeff Kolpack covers North Dakota State athletics, the Fargo Marathon and golf for The Forum. His blog can be accessed at www.bisonmedia.areavoices.com. On the radio, Kolpack & Izzo sports talk show runs from 9-11 a.m. every Saturday morning. April through August, the WDAY Golf Show with Jeff Kolpack runs from 8-9 a.m.