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UND Claims 11th Sweep with 5-4 Win vs. WMU
Grand Forks -- Senior Night in UND hockey history is an emotional, gut-twisting experience, in this case for seniors Bryn Chyzyk, Drake Caggiula, Coltyn Sanderson and Colten St. Clair, playing their last regular-season game at Ralph Engelstad Arena. But with No. 2-ranked North Dakota trailing unranked Western Michigan 3-1 after one period tonight, the message changed in the UND dressing room after the period ended. "Everyone was saying, (blank) Senior Night, we need a win,'' Chyzyk said. "We can be as emotional as we want, we need to win this game. The boys listened to that, and got it done.'' Fittingly enough, it was seniors Chyzyk and Caggiula who started and finished the rally in a 5-4 UND victory that propelled the Fighting Hawks to their nation-best 28th win (28-5-3). It also moved them into the No. 1 spot nationally in the Pairwise rankings, passing previous No. 1 Quinnipiac. A sellout crowd of 11,903 watched in frustration as UND fell into a 3-1 hole after one period with some sloppy, uninspiring play. But despite a power play that converted just 1 of 8 chances and generated not many good scoring opportunities, it was the power-play goal by Caggiula, his 18th goal this season, that won it. Chyzyk's short-handed goal at 3:16 of the second period trimmed the deficit to 3-2 and Caggiula's power-play goal at 5:44 of the third period turned out to be the game-winning goal to complete the sweep of the Broncos, UND's 11th series sweep.  FULL STORY
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Denver Tops NDSU Men’s Basketball, 70-59

Fargo -- The North Dakota State men's basketball team lost 70-59 at Denver on Saturday evening, finishing the regular season with a record of 18-12 overall and 8-6 in Summit League play. The Bison will be the No. 5 seed for the Summit League Tournament, opening against No. 4 seed IUPUI in the quarterfinals on Sunday, Mar. 6, at 6 p.m. Senior Kory Brown led the Bison with 20 points and six rebounds on 8-for-14 shooting. Sophomore A.J. Jacobson scored 12 points, and Dexter Werner added 11 off the bench for NDSU. Denver (15-14 overall, 7-9 Summit) shot 52 percent from the floor, including a 10-for-17 effort from three-point range. C.J. Bobbitt led the Pioneers with 16 points. NDSU sophomore guard Paul Miller returned to action for the first time since Feb. 4 after missing six games with a knee injury. Freshman Khy Kabellis also returned after sitting out of Thursday's game at South Dakota State. The Bison were out-rebounded 27-19 in the game. NDSU led by five points at 34-29 just over one minute into the second half, and the Bison were ahead 49-48 after a pair of free throws by Werner with 7:07 remaining. Denver put together an 11-2 run over the next three minutes to go up 59-51.  FULL STORY
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Youngsters Help Bobcats Outlast Blizzard 3-1

Bismarck -- A trio of 18-year-olds helped the Bismarck Bobcats bounce back Saturday as Nick Alexander and Brock Montgomery each scored and goalie Nick Althaus made 24 saves to deliver a 3-1 road win over the Brookings Blizzard at the Larson Ice Center. An evenly played first period saw the teams deadlocked through the majority of the frame until a Bobcat penalty kill when Alex Strand tapped a loose puck in his own zone through to Alexander, who sped past Brookings’ defense and outmaneuvered Blizzard netminder Josh Kuemichel on the ensuing breakaway for a 1-0 lead with 5:37 remaining in the first. Lightly tested in the first, Althaus broke out in the second stanza with highlight-reel saves on Mikael Hakkarainen and Nick Ford to help keep the Cats ahead by one through 40 minutes. Early in the third, Montgomery—named North Dakota’s State Senior Athlete for hockey one week prior with Red River High School—grabbed a loose puck after Joe Tyran had his shot blocked and threaded a low 40-footer that caught Kuemichel off balance, sneaking inside the left post just 2:17 into the third to stretch the score to 2-0.  FULL STORY
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Resurgent Seasons for Marauders Ends with NSIC Semifinal Loss to #7 Dragons
Bismarck -- A resurgent season for University of Mary men's basketball ended a game shy of the Northern Sun / Sanford Health championship. After preseason polls projected the squad to finish near the basement of the league, U-Mary instead won two postseason games and advanced to the conference tournament semifinals before 7th ranked MSU Moorhead ended the Marauders season 89-65. Under the direction of first-year head coach Joe Kittell, the Marauders finished the season 19-12 overall. The 19 wins is the second highest amount of victories for a Marauders squad in the last 14 years. The only other squad to win more in that span was a 2011 U-Mary squad who posted 23 victories. Additionally the 2016 and 2011 units are the only U-Mary men's basketball teams to host and win NSIC postseason contests and advance to the league tournament semifinals. Competitive early, the Marauders used an 8-0 run to grab a 12-8 advantage in the opening minutes. Layups by Bryan Jefferson, Devan Douglas and Rickey Suggs sandwiched between free throws by Douglas and Jefferson gave U-Mary its biggest lead of the day.  FULL STORY
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Beavers Bo Cold in Second Half, Fall in NSIC First Round

Minot -- Minot State University couldn't buy a bucket late in the second half. The Beavers battled No. 3 seed Winona State back and forth much of the way, but the Warriors pulled away over the final eight minutes. WSU outscored MSU 55-37 in the second half to post a 94-75 win in the first round of the 2016 NSIC / Men's Basketball Tournament Wednesday at McCown Gymnasium. Minot State (15-14 overall) took its final lead 47-45 on a layup by Dominique McDonald (Sr., G, Raleigh, N.C.) with 17:31 to play in the second half. It was still just a one possession game with 9:34 to play as Tyler Rudolph (So., F, Bismarck, N.D.) hit a pair of free throws to cut the Warriors lead to 66-63. But it was all Winona State after that. The Warriors (15-12) held Minot State without a field goal for 5 minutes, 26 seconds during a span and outscored the Beavers 16-8 during a stretch midway through the second half to take a 77-67 lead with just 5:59 to play. The Beavers couldn't cut it below an eight point lead from there. In a stark contrast a Minot State win in January during the regular season, the Warriors shot 55.7 compared to just 34.9 for Minot State. MSU was outscored 33-12 on 3-pointers as MSU was held to just 4 of 20 shooting from beyond the arc.  FULL STORY
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Blue Hawks End Season with Loss to Jamestown in NSAA Tournament
Dickinson
-- The Dickinson State University Men's Basketball team ended their 2015-16 season Thursday night in Jamestown with a loss to the Jimmies in the opening round of the NSAA tournament, 93-74. Dickinson State held its biggest lead of the game at the 12:30 mark in the first half when they were up by two points over the Jimmies. The University of Jamestown seen their biggest lead of the game at the 1:42 mark in the second half when they led the Blue Hawks by 20 points. At halftime, the Jimmies held a 37-33 lead after shooting 31 percent from the field, 50 percent from three and 80 percent from the line. The Blue Hawks shot 52 percent from the field, 63 percent from three and 40 percent from the line in the first half. The University of Jamestown then outscored the Blue Hawks 56-41 in the second half leading to a 93-74 victory over Dickinson State. The Blue Hawks finished the game shooting 44 percent from the field, 45 percent from three and 64 percent from the line with 39 rebounds, 11 assists, 17 turnovers, five blocks and five steals.  FULL STORY




By Jeff Baranick
Beulah -- March Madness has sprung! With warmer temps outside and the noticeable lengthening of daylight on the Northern Plains, it's now "hoops' heaven" on the North Dakota prep scene with a mixture of regional and state cage tourneys being held for female and male athletes. With regard to Class B girls, Grand Forks hosted the state tourney this past weekend at the Alerus Center, and the Shiloh Christian Skyhawks won their school's first-ever state title by virtue of a 45-40 upset victory over the 2nd-seeded Watford City Wolves. Leading the way for head coach Daryl Bearstail's 24-3 squad was Sr G Krista Ulmer who tallied 19 points. The Wolves' top scorer was Sr F Katie Mogen with 14 markers. Interestingly, in regular-season action between the two teams a month ago, Watford City--which also finished 24-3 for the season--battered Shiloh Christian in the Skyhawks' home gym 56-34. The Wolves had reached the title tilt with earlier tourney wins over Dickinson Trinity (39-23) and Park River-Fordville-Lankin (54-45). Shiloh Christian advanced to the championship encounter with previous tourney wins at the expense of 4th-seeded Rugby (47-40) and top-seeded North Star (47-45). Other teams winning placement games at the State B tournament were Dickinson Trinity for 7th place (36-30 over Rugby); Fairmount-Campbell-Tintah for 5th place (44-34 over Carrington); and North Star for 3rd place (43-42 at the expense of Park River-Fordville-Lankin). In addition to the Grand Forks-based state tourney last weekend, Bismarck welcomed 16 prep hoops' teams to the Event Center for the annual Class A West Region tourneys for girls' and boys' roundball. When the din quieted late Saturday night, the Century Patriot girls exited the Capital City arena with a cage title, but the Pats' boys' team stumbled to Minot for a runner-up finish. The top-seeded and 2nd-ranked Lady Patriots downed Mandan 69-62, while their male counterparts--seeded 1st for the tourney and ranked #1 in the state--got blitzed by #2 Minot 82-69. On the girls' side of the ledger, joining Century and Mandan at the Super A state tournament next week (also at the Bismarck Event Center) will be Bismarck Legacy and Minot. The Sabers defeated Turtle Mountain 67-58 and the Majettes handled Bismarck St. Mary's 65-45. Among the boys' teams, going to state with Minot and Century will be Bismarck and Dickinson. The Demons, behind a sterling 37-point, 15-rebound effort from Sr P Brayden Thomas, fought off Jamestown 64-58. Meanwhile, the Midgets of Dickinson outlasted the Braves of Mandan 56-53. Finally, on the prep basketball scene, Dickinson and Bismarck will play hosts in this new week unfolding for the Region 7 & Region 5 boys' tournaments. KDKT Sports Radio 1410 will be in the Queen City to cover all eight games to be contested at Trinity's Knights of Columbus Activities Center this Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday (March 7, 8, & 10). Tourney action on Monday commences at 3:00 pm CST with a showdown between top-seeded and 4th-ranked Beulah and archrival Hazen. Other quarterfinal-round pairings have Heart River tangling with Mott-Regent; host Trinity colliding with Killdeer; and Hettinger-Scranton confronting defending champion New England. In the Region 5 extravaganza at Bismarck's Legacy High School, quarterfinal matchups on Monday have 3rd-ranked Shiloh Christian squaring off against Garrison; Turtle Lake-Mercer-McClusky taking on Standing Rock; Washburn opposing Flasher; and Underwood challenging Solen. Regional champions will advance to the state B tournament in Minot scheduled for March 17-19.

Filed by Veteran KDKT Sportscaster Jeff Baranick

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