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Steve Schaack, ISU Sports Information
2/9/2014 12:04:00 AM
POCATELLO, Idaho- Despite a career-night by Jeffrey Solarin and a second-half comeback by the Bengals, the North Dakota men's basketball team held on for an 80-75 victory in front of a season-best crowd of 2,245 on Saturday night at ICCU Court in Holt Arena.
The loss drops ISU to 8-13 and 5-7 in Big Sky Conference play while North Dakota improved to 7-5 in Big Sky play and 10-12 overall.
Solarin's 20 rebounds tied for the 12th best rebounding performance in ISU history and it was the most by a Bengal since 1975. Solarin out rebounded the entire North Dakota team 20-19. As a team Idaho State had 47 rebounds, 26 on the offensive end. Solarin added a team-high 23 points to lead ISU in scoring. The 23 points tied his career high.
"Scoring 20 points to me is not that big of a deal but getting 20 rebounds is a big deal," Idaho State coach Bill Evans said. "That takes a lot of effort and determination on his part. I am proud of him."
The difference in the game for ISU was on the defensive end as North Dakota shot 60 percent for the game, led by Troy Huff's 22 points.
"We were horrible defensively," Evans said. "We couldn't stop the dribble. We couldn't stop their jump shooters. They pretty much had their way with us. Forty-seven rebounds are unbelievable. You have 26 offensive rebounds and you lose the game while shooting 48 percent. There is now where else to point but at the defensive end."
Idaho State shot 48.1 percent for the game and 52 percent in the second half. Tomas Sanchez played the entire 40 minutes, scored 17 points and had six assists. Chris Hansen had 13 points. Ayibakuro Preh had seven points and eight rebounds.
The Bengals fell behind by as many as 14 points in the first at 46-32 with 1:54 left in the period. ISU scored the last five points to trail 46-37 at the break.
Idaho State made a run in the first 10 minutes of the second half, cutting the UND lead to 52-48 with 14:57 remaining in the game following two Andre Hatchett free throws. Idaho State would take its first lead of the game at 57-56 following a Solarin put back four minutes later.
ISU led 59-58 after a basket by Hansen with 10:34 to play in the game. North Dakota retook the lead for good at 60-59 and never relinquished it the rest of the way.
"We just couldn't stop them," Solarin said. "We out rebounded them but we couldn't get stops."
Idaho State returns to the floor on Saturday, February 15, against SUU in Cedar City, Utah. Tipoff is at 5 p.m.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The first time Idaho State and North Dakota met this season, North Dakota escaped Pocatello with a one-point, 48-47, win. It was no surprise that the second game was just as close, but unfortunately for Idaho State the outcome was the same, a UND victory. This time the Bengals fell 64-59 in their first overtime game of the season.
The first half started as a defensive battle with neither team gain a significant advantage. The Bengals led 16-15 after a jumper by Jessica Tingey with 9:32 remaining, but North Dakota finished the half on an 18-5 run and gain a 33-21 lead at the break.
North Dakota held on to their double-digit lead midway into the second half until a Tingey jumper with 10:05 kicked off a 19-5 Bengal run that gave the Bengals a 51-48 lead with 3:00 minutes to play.
The Bengals held UND to just 20 points in the second half on 6-of-21 shooting (28.6 pecernt).
North Dakota then went on a 5-0 run to take 53-51 lead with 15 seconds remaining. The Bengals found themselves in the same situation as they were in the last meeting with UND, down with a chance to tie the game on the final possession.
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Kara Jenkins missed a 3-pointer but Lindsey Reed got the rebound and found Rebecca Schrimpsher who missed her shot but got her own rebound and put the basket in as time expired to tie the game at 53-53 and force overtime.
North Dakota scored on back-to-back possessions to give themselves a four-point lead with 3:20 remaining in OT.
The Bengals were able to cut the lead to one on a transition jumper by Rebecca Schrimpsher with 1:18 on the clock but UND was able to ice the game with free throws and missed shots by the Bengals.
“The slow start in the first half really hurt us,” Head Coach Seton Sobolewski said. “I was really happy with the effort in the second half, especially on the defensive end. We gave ourselves a chance to win but we couldn’t get over the hump.”
For the second time this season it came down to Rebecca Schrimpsher to make a big shot and for the second time she delivered. This shot was more about effort than a play that was drawn up for her.
“She made a great play to get her own rebound,” Sobolewski said. “She was right in the middle of their bigs and she got in there, got the rebound and made a big shot.”
The Bengals were paced by Lindsey Reed who had 15 points and 11 rebounds both team highs. Jessica Tingey had 14 points and eight rebounds for ISU.
Mia Loyd led UND with 17 points and nine rebounds; Madi Buck had 13 points and also grabbed nine rebounds for North Dakota.
The win gives North Dakota (16-6, 11-2 BSC) a three and a half game lead on second-place Montana in the Big Sky race.
Idaho State (9-12, 7-5 BSC) sits in a three-way tie for fourth. At number three is Southern Utah who sit a half game in front of the fourth place schools but the T-birds play Northern Arizona at home Monday.
The Bengals will face SUU Thursday at 7 p.m. at Reed Gym in the only game of the week for Idaho State.