MOREHEAD - The North Dakota State University men’s basketball team held Morehead State University to 31 percent from the floor en route to a 69-57 victory on Wednesday night at Johnson Arena.
The Bison improved to 7-2 after posting the win. The Eagles fell to 4-5 after suffering the loss. MSU’s loss, in the first-ever meeting between the schools, was just its ninth at home over the past five years.
“We just need to get better as a team,” Morehead State Coach Sean Woods said. “I thought we would be further along at this point, but that’s obviously not the case. We need to put this one behind us, go back to the drawing board, have a few good practices and get ready for another good opponent on Saturday.”
NDSU junior Taylor Braun led the way for the Bison with 23 points on 11-of-12 from the free-throw line. Junior Mike Felt chipped in with nine points off the bench, while junior Marshall Bjorklund grabbed a game-best 11 rebounds.
The Bison held the Eagles to 27 percent shooting in the first half and used a 26-9 run over the final 12 minutes of period to grab a 33-19 lead at the break.
Sophomore Angelo Warner led the Eagles with 14 points and five rebounds. Junior Chad Posthumus scored 13 points off the bench and recorded a team-high nine boards.
The Bison opened second half with a 10-0 run and led 43-19 at the 16:08 mark. NDSU pushed its advantage to 31 points and MSU got no closer than 10 points down the stretch.
North Dakota State shot 42 percent (22-of-52) for the contest, while MSU was limited to just 18-of-59. The Eagles hit only 2-of-17 from three-point range for their second-lowest clip of the campaign.
“You’re not going to win many games shooting the way we did tonight,” Woods said. “We couldn’t throw it in the ocean and we didn’t bring the type of defensive intensity we needed to stay in the game. We put together a decent stretch (30-11) at the end of the game, but the hole we dug was just too deep.”
Morehead State will return to action when it hosts Missouri Valley Conference foe Indiana State on Saturday (Dec. 8) at 2 p.m. The game can be seen on OVCDigitalNetwork.com and heard on WIVY-96.3 FM or MSUEagles.com.