North Dakota State vs. Western Illinois: Recap, Stats, and Box Score

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North Dakota State vs. Western Illinois: Recap, Stats, and Box Score
North Dakota State 55
(24-8, 10-7 away)
Western Illinois 43
(22-8, 14-3 home)
Venue: Sioux Falls Arena
9:30PM ET / 6:30PM PT, March 11, 2013
Box Score
1st 2nd Final
North Dakota State 24 31 55
Western Illinois 20 23 43
Top Performers
Points Rebounds Assists
North Dakota State T Wright 19 T Braun 7 T Braun 4
Western Illinois A Link 12 A Link 8 R Roberts-Burnett 2

On Monday, Mar. 11, North Dakota State beat Western Illinois 55-43 in the semifinals of the Summit League Tournament. The Bison now have a record of 1-2 against Western Illinois this season. The Bison were led by TrayVonn Wright, who put up a game-high 19 points, with 15 coming from three-point range. Taylor Braun had 14 points and added seven rebounds. Adam Link finished with a team-high 12 points and eight rebounds for the Leathernecks. Western Illinois (22-8) finished the regular season first in the Summit League with a 13-3 conference record. To get to the semifinals, Western Illinois topped South Dakota (54-53).

North Dakota State Game Notes

  • The win over Western Illinois extended the North Dakota State winning streak to four games.
  • NDSU beat the spread by six points. That makes the 17th time this season the Bison have beaten the spread.
  • North Dakota State has won every game this season (6-0) when its three-point percentage has been 50.0 percent or better.
  • North Dakota State has won 93 percent of the time this season (14-1) after committing 10 or fewer turnovers.
  • The Bison have won 92 percent of the time this season (11-1) after recording 12 or more free throws made.
  • NDSU has won every game this season (6-0) when opponents record 43 or fewer total points.
  • NDSU has won every game this season (13-0) after holding an opponent to under 35.7 percent field goal percentage.
  • This season North Dakota State has won 93 percent of the time (13-1) when Taylor Braun has 14 points or more, 71 percent of the time (5-2) when Lawrence Alexander plays 40 minutes or more, and 89 percent of the time (8-1) when TrayVonn Wright has six field goals made or more.
  • The Bison have recorded more blocks than their opponents for the past four games.
  • TrayVonn Wright accounted for 34.5 percent of the team's points.
  • The top two rebounders (TrayVonn Wright and Taylor Braun) accounted for 46.6 percent of the rebounds.
  • TrayVonn Wright has led the team in scoring eight times and in rebounding 11 times in 32 games this season.
  • Taylor Braun has three straight double-digit point games.
  • TrayVonn Wright had a career high with five three-pointers.

Western Illinois Game Notes

  • The top two scorers (Adam Link and Ceola Clark III) accounted for 48.8 percent of the points.
  • Adam Link accounted for 38.0 percent of the team's rebounds.
  • Adam Link has led the team in scoring 10 times and in rebounding four times in 30 games this season.
  • This was the first foul out of the season for Don McAvoy III.
NDSU PlayersMinsPtsRebAstStlBlkTO
A+TrayVonn Wright331971100
ATaylor Braun381474104
BM. Bjorklund27643101
B-Mike Felt17340000
B-L. Alexander40732102
CChris Kading14220011
CKory Brown27421112
-Jordan Aaberg3000000
WIU PlayersMinsPtsRebAstStlBlkTO
B+Adam Link391280102
BCeola Clark III31912400
C+R. Roberts-Burnett35632101
C+Jack Houpt39721101
CM. Ochereobia15240000
D+Jordan Foster15201000
D+Don McAvoy III24520003

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