North Dakota State men's basketball drops regular season finale to Denver
DENVER -- The North Dakota State men's basketball team heads into the Summit League tournament in a bit of a funk.Denver shot 52 percent from the floor and hit 10 of 17 3-point attempts in a 70-59 victory against NDSU in the regular-season finale...
DENVER - The North Dakota State men’s basketball team heads into the Summit League tournament in a bit of a funk.
Denver shot 52 percent from the floor and hit 10 of 17 3-point attempts in a 70-59 victory against NDSU in the regular-season finale for both teams Saturday.
“They really got comfortable from behind the arc,” Bison head coach Dave Richman said. “Credit them. … We let them get comfortable. We didn’t do our part to take some things away.”
The Bison, who are the two-time defending Summit League tournament champions, have lost two straight games. NDSU secured the fifth seed for this year’s tournament and will face fourth-seeded Indiana Purdue-Indianapolis at 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 6.
NDSU (18-12, 8-8 Summit) split its two games with IUPUI (15-14, 7-9) this season, winning the most recent matchup 63-59 on Feb. 20 at Scheels Arena.
Richman said the Bison have some things to work on heading into tournament play. They’ve lost their last four games away from Fargo.
“We’ve had success in Sioux Falls,” Richman said. “A high level of success the last couple of years.”
Freshman forward C.J. Bobbitt led the Pioneers with 16 points and added six rebounds. Senior forward Marcus Byrd and freshman guard Joe Rosga added 14 points apiece for Denver on its senior day.
“You saw a couple of seniors who refused to lose,” Richman said. “They got going. Bobbitt had a terrific game.”
Senior guard Kory Brown paced the Bison with 20 points and six rebounds.
On the plus side for NDSU, sophomore guard Paul Miller returned to the lineup after missing the last six games with a knee injury. However, he was just 1 for 9 from the floor Saturday, scoring three points.
“He struggled a little bit offensively,” Richman said. “The key for us is getting him out there and moving around.”