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Bison beat WIU, stay atop league

MACOMB, Ill. -- North Dakota State expanded its lead in The Summit League on Thursday night by shrinking Western Illinois' offense to Nerf hoop proportions.

Forward Michael Tveidt had all 11 of his points in a key second-half surge and the Bison improved to 11-1 in the conference with a 61-52 men's basketball victory at Western Hall. Second place Oral Roberts dropped to 9-2 after losing to Oakland University (Mich.) on Thursday.

NDSU did it despite high-scoring guard Ben Woodside struggling on offense for one of the few times in his career. The nation's seventh-leading scorer was 0 of 12 from the field and finished with seven free throws.

"I couldn't throw it in the ocean tonight, that's for sure," Woodside said. "That happens. Hopefully I got all of my misses out of me."

Several of the 1,308 fans let him know it. But Western Illinois head coach Jim Molinari said he wouldn't have known it -- mainly because the Bison senior was so impressive in other areas.

"He didn't change his expression," Molinari said of Woodside. "He didn't change what he does."

He had six assists. Most impressive, he held Western's best shooter, David Nurse, to 0 of 8 from the field.

"He can go 0 for 12 if he holds his guy to 0 of 8," said NDSU head coach Saul Phillips. "That's a sign of maturity."

NDSU's maturity was on display in the second half after taking a 47-25 lead on Brett Winkelman's 3-pointer with 10:33 left.

The advantage slowly dwindled in half from there over the next seven minutes. But it never dipped below double digits and NDSU made amends for an 83-67 loss here last year.

"We came in here last year and got run right out of Macomb," Phillips said. "It was a layup drill for them."

After inching to a 23-17 halftime lead, the Bison put together 10 straight to take a 34-19 lead in the first five minutes of the second half.

"They came out harder than we did," said Western Illinois guard Ceola Clark. "They're a great team."

Tveidt sat out a large chunk of the first half with foul trouble, but made up for lost time with a 3-pointer and a basket in that span.

"We came out hot on defense and offense with some intensity," Tveidt said. "And I think we took them out of their game."

Another Tveidt field goal and a Dejuan Flowers jump hook made it 38-21 moments later.

"When their fourth option goes 4 of 4, we're in trouble," Molinari said of Tveidt.

Winkelman led the Bison with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Western did not have a player in double figures.

"Definitely a better feeling than last year," Woodside said.

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NORTH DAKOTA STATE (17-5): Brett Winkelman 6-12 5-7 19, Michael Tveidt 4-4 1-2 11, Mike Nelson 3-9 0-0 8, Ben Woodside 0-12 7-9 7, Dejuan Flowers 2-3 1-2 5, Lucas Moormann 2-5 0-3 4, Josh Vaughan 1-1 0-0 3, Freddy Coleman 1-3 0-0 2, Eric Carlson 0-0 2-2 2. Totals: 19-49 16-25 61.

WESTERN ILLINOIS (7-16): Ceola Clark 8-13 2-2 19, David Dubois 6-10 3-8 17, Tommie Tyler 5-7 1-2 12, James Granstra 1-3 0-1 2, Quenton Kirby 1-3 0-0 2, David Nurse 0-8 0-0 0, Josh Rivers 0-5 0-0 0, Rodney Williams Jr. 0-5 0-0 0, Julian Jones 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 21-54 6-13 52.

Halftime: NDSU 23, WIU 17. Total fouls: NDSU 13, WIU 18. Fouled out: Tveidt, Nurse. 3-point goals: NDSU 7-16 (Winkelman 2-3, Tveidt 2-2, Nelson 2-5, Vaughan 1-1, Woodside 0-5), WIU 4-10 (Tyler 1-1, Clark 1-3, Dubois 2-2, Nurse 0-2, Rivers 0-1, Williams Jr. 0-1). Rebounds: NDSU 36 (Winkelman 8), WIU 33 (Dubois 8). Assists: NDSU 12 (Woodside 6), WIU 10 (Nurse 5). Steals: NDSU 4 (Woodside 3), WIU 4 (Clark 2). Blocks: NDSU 4 (Moormann 2), WIU 3 (Tyler 2). Turnovers: NDSU 7 (Winkelman 2), WIU 10 (Dubois 3, Kirby 3).