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NDSU's Eliason will give up last year of eligibility; Dylan Miller suspended

North Dakota State's Spencer Eliason ending his college career early to attend medical school. David Samson / Forum News Service

FARGO — The pursuit of medical school won out over playing another season of basketball at North Dakota State for Spencer Eliason. The junior center says this will be his last season of eligibility.

Eliason, from Chadron, Neb., will graduate in May with a zoology major and a minor in chemistry. That means the Summit League game against Fort Wayne on Saturday, Feb. 17, will be his last at Scheels Center at Sanford Health Athletic Complex.

"It was tough," he said. "One of my goals was to play Division I basketball and I've done that and now it's time to move on to other things in my life I want to achieve."

Eliason, who has started 22 of 26 games, is having his most productive season averaging 4.3 points and 3.4 rebounds. It's outpaced his first two seasons combined. He's shooting 55 percent from the field.

"I'm happy for Spencer that he's happy," said NDSU head coach Dave Richman. "I'm a big happiness guy. Selfishly, he's coming off his best year as a Bison and coming back as as fifth-year senior I think they're could have been some great benefits to our program."

Eliason isn't the only Bison center going through a roster change of sorts. Junior Dylan Miller is currently serving a three-game suspension for what Richman called violating "some department and program rules."

"That's the best way I can say it," Richman said.

Miller will return for the Fort Wayne game on Saturday.

Jeff Kolpack

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