POCATELLO, Idaho – North Dakota picked up its first Big Sky road win of the season with an 84-76 victory over Idaho State on Saturday at Holt Arena. Junior Quinton Hooker led a trio of Fighting Hawks (7-8, 2-2 BSC) in double figures with 24 points as UND improved to 6-0 all-time against the Bengals (6-9, 1-2 BSC) in league play.
Junior Corey Baldwin chipped in with a career-high 22 points and sophomore Carson Shanks also added a career-high with 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the floor. UND made a season-high 59.6 percent of its field goals and the hot shooting helped the visitors overcome a season-high 21 turnovers and a scoring barrage by Ethan Telfair, who finished with 37 points for the home team.
“It’s a road win and we are back to 2-2 going back home,” UND head coach Brian Jones said. “I’m proud of the team because that is a good Idaho State team. We got a big night from Corey Baldwin and we established Carson Shanks early and those things really paid off for us.”
UND opened the game on a 10-2 run as Baldwin capped that opening spurt with a steal and dunk, then buried his first 3-pointer of the game. The Fighting Hawks would finish 9-for-18 from beyond the arc and Baldwin would go 5-for-11.
The Fighting Hawks started 6-for-7 from the field and finished with a 60.7 percent clip in the opening 20 minutes to take a 42-31 lead into halftime.
Baldwin put UND up 20-11 with another trey, but the Bengals trimmed that deficit down to one thanks to a pair of 3-pointers by reserve forward Stephen Lennox.
Baldwin connected from deep again to quiet that run with his third triple of the half and UND answered with a 12-0 run to take its first double-figure lead of the game.
Hooker gave UND’s its largest lead of the opening half at 16 with the team’s seventh 3-pointer, but the Bengals would trim off seven off that deficit before Shanks ended the scoring with a dunk in the closing seconds.
The 7-footer had a season-high 12 points in the first half and Baldwin finished with 17 to pace the visitors. Telfair had 12 to lead the Bengals.
The second half was a back-and-forth affair before Telfair pulled the Bengals within 55-50 on a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 11 minutes to play, but UND would get the next four points and ISU would not got any closer down the stretch.
Telfair tried to will the Bengals back in the closing minutes with a flurry of points, but UND would seal the win at the free throw line.
Hooker had 19 of his team-high point total after halftime to keep the Fighting Hawks in the lead throughout. UND also dominated the glass, holding a 38-27 edge as Geno Crandall and Drick Bernstine finished with eight apiece to lead UND. Crandall and Bernstine each finished with seven points as well.
UND returns home to play Montana State on Thursday in a Big Sky affair at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.
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