North Dakota State Bison basketball has decisions to make after University of Mary route in season opener

FARGO -- It was a season-opening exhibition for the North Dakota State men's basketball team, otherwise known as the who's-going-to-redshirt-and-who's-not open tryout.

FARGO - It was a season-opening exhibition for the North Dakota State men’s basketball team, otherwise known as the who’s-going-to-redshirt-and-who’s-not open tryout.
The Bison got expected solid performances from their returning veterans, grabbed a big first half lead and cruised to a 91-58 win over the University of Mary Wednesday night at Scheels Arena. They also have an important decision or two to make.
NDSU head coach Dave Richman said nothing has been decided on whether to lift the redshirt on any of his true freshmen, but certainly they gave him plenty to consider. Forward Deng Geu had 10 points and five rebounds, guard Khy Kabellis seven points and five rebounds and center Dylan Miller four points and four rebounds.
“We’ll sit down in the coming days with my thoughts and our staff’s thoughts,” Richman said. “And certainly talk to them and their families. There’s nothing I’m comfortable talking about yet.”
The most curious decision is what Richman is going to do with Geu, who showed his as-advertised athletic ability against the Marauders. His length on defense made life difficult for U-Mary shooters. On the other end, he canned a 3-pointer in the first half and wasn’t afraid to mix it up inside despite his sleek 195 pounds.
It was part of a late first half surge culminating with Malik Clements’ steal and 3-pointer at the buzzer that made it a 48-28 halftime lead.
“You guys didn’t see it tonight,” said guard Paul Miller, “but dunking is one of his better suits.”
Geu also mixed in the occasional true freshman mistake, like a turnover that led to a Marauder three-point play with his foul.
“He’s a good player, no question about it,” Richman said. “I think the game is going pretty fast for him and when it settles down, he’ll continue to get better.”
Geu deflected the play-right-away-question saying, “we still have to talk about it.” It was once thought he was a certain redshirt candidate when he signed his letter of intent out of Sioux Falls (S.D.) Washington High School, but he played like he wanted to be in the mix against U-Mary.
“The adrenalin was pumping, I had to take a deep breath and calm down,” he said.
The Bison went with their five veterans in the starting lineup with junior Carlin Dupree and the sophomore Miller at the guards, sophomore A.J. Jacobson and senior Kory Brown at the forward spots and junior Dexter Werner in the middle.
Three newcomers were the first off the bench: Clements, Kabellis and redshirt freshman center Spencer Eliason, an obvious beneficiary of off-season weight training at 235 pounds.
Senior center Chris Kading is still rehabilitating injuries and did not play.
Paul Miller led the Bison with 21 points and Jacobson added 17.
“A new year and definitely a new role for me,” Miller said. “I feel a lot more calm this year. I know more of what’s expected of me. Last year I felt really streaky and this year I feel more consistent.”

UMARY: Jefferson 2-9 3-4 7, Lindquist 3-7 0-2 6, Edwards 3-8 5-5 12, Douglas 1-4 0-1 2, Tyler 3-9 3-4 11, Suggs 4-4 2-5 10, Henry 3-8 0-0 7, Collins 0-3 2-2 2, Gorder 0-1 1-2 1, Mann 0-4 0-0 0, Sparks 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 19-58 16-25 58.
NDSU: Jacobson 4-9 6-6 17, Werner 3-6 1-1 7, P. Miller 7-15 4-5 21, Dupree 2-3 5-6 9, Brown 1-2 0-0 2, Ishola 0-0 2-2 2, Clements 2-4 0-0 5, Kabellis 2-3 3-4 7, Geu 3-5 3-6 10, Eliason 1-2 0-0 2, Wesenberg 0-0 0-0 0, D. Miller 2-3 0-0 4, T. Miller 1-1 2-2 5. Totals: 28-53 26-32 91.
Halftime: NDSU 48, UMary 28. Total fouls: UMary 23, NDSU 19. Fouled out: none. Rebounds: UMary 30 (Jefferson, Suggs 5); NDSU 44 (Four with 5). 3-point goals: UMary 4-17 (Tyler 2-5, Henry 1-3, Collins 0-3, Mann 0-4, Edwards 1-2); NDSU 9-20 (Jacobson 3-6, P. Miller 3-8, Brown 0-1, Clements 1-3, Geu 1-1, T. Miller 1-1). Assists: UMary 6 (Six with 1); NDSU 11 (Brown 4). Turnovers: UMary 14 (Five with 2); NDSU 15 (P. Miller 3). A-1573.

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