As the defending Big Sky Tournament champions, North Dakota did not give up its trophy without a fight against top-seeded Montana on Thursday. In the end, the Grizzlies (25-7) posted an 84-76 victory over the eighth-seeded Fighting Hawks after outscoring UND 10-4 in the closing three minutes to escape with a win in the first quarterfinal of the tournament.
After a heroic comeback in the opening round of the Big Sky Tournament, it does not get any easier for No. 8 seed North Dakota as it next plays top-seeded Montana in Thursday's first quarterfinal from Reno.
Sophomore Marlon Stewart scored a career-high 29 points and North Dakota stormed back from a 19-point, second-half deficit to knock off Montana State 76-74 in the opening game of the 2018 Big Sky Men's Basketball Tournament Tuesday.
For the second-consecutive season, North Dakota's Geno Crandall claimed All-Big Sky accolades after league officials announced Monday that he was named to the second team.
The defending Big Sky Tournament champions will open their title defense on Tuesday against No. 9 seed Montana State in Reno. No. 8 seed North Dakota (11-19; 6-12 BSC) has never met the Bobcats (13-18; 6-12 BSC) in the league tournament, but this will be the 27th overall meeting between the border rivals.
North Dakota rallied to force overtime in a game it trailed by double digits at halftime, but Portland State's strong close to the extra session lifted the Vikings to a 97-90 victory Saturday.
North Dakota's six-year run in the Big Sky Conference comes to a close on Saturday as the Fighting Hawks take on Portland State in their final regular-season game as a league member. Tip-off against the Vikings is set for 3 p.m. CT.
Conner Avants scored a career-high 26 points and North Dakota picked up its first Big Sky road win of the season with a 90-73 victory over Sacramento State on Thursday.
The (long) "Road To Reno" starts this week for the North Dakota basketball team as it begins a trek that began Tuesday with its departure for California's capital city and will ultimately end at the site of the 2017-18 Big Sky Men's Basketball Tournament.
In a series that had grown accustomed to some tight contests, Northern Colorado broke a trend with a 79-66 victory over North Dakota Saturday in Big Sky play. The 13-point victory for the Bears (19-10, 10-6 BSC) was the largest win in the series for either team since 2013. The last three contests had all been decided in overtime.
After dropping four of their first six home games this season, the Fighting Hawks have won five of their last six and will look to finish off their home slate Saturday with a win over Northern Colorado on Senior Day. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m. CT.
Appearances by four head coaches will make for a jam-packed North Dakota Coaches Show live from the Ground Round tonight.