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Junior Lenny Antwi scored 18 points off the UND bench as the home team rolled to a 41-point victory in its season opener.
UND cruises by Cougars in season opener
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Updated: Saturday 11/15/2013 14:13:23 (ET)
by UNDsports.com
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Grand Forks, N.D. – North Dakota dominated visiting Minnesota Morris from the start, using an 18-5 opening run to cruise to a 110-69 victory over the visiting Cougars Wednesday at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. The 110-point outburst was a Division I record for the men in Green and White, who were never really threatened by the Division III foe from southwestern Minnesota.

Senior Aaron Anderson paced the home team with 23 points as UND shot 57.3 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range in its season opener. The Brooklyn Park native went 10-for-13 from the field and made 3-of-4 from beyond the arc.

Reigning Big Sky scoring champ Troy Huff added 18 points for UND, who also got 18 from reserve guard Lenny Antwi. Senior Jaron Nash contributed 15 points and a team-high eight rebounds in his UND debut. The Texas Tech transfer also added a game-high four steals.

True freshman Quinton Hooker was also impressive in his collegiate debut, scoring 17 points off the bench. The 2013 Minnesota Mr. Basketball Award winner also had a team-high four assists.

“I thought defensively is where we set the tone,” UND head coach Brian Jones said. “I thought we really defended their initial thrust and that allowed us to get some easy (baskets) in transition. I thought our guys came out in both halves with a sense of urgency and the right intensity, which is something we have been talking about a lot.”

Anderson scored 18 of his game-high output in the first half as UND jumped out to a 50-24 advantage at the break. Nash flashed his athleticism early in the second half, scoring seven straight points during a 17-4 run that put UND up by 39. Antwi capped the run with one of his team-high four 3-pointers as he went 7-for-11 from the field.

Nash also led a defensive effort that saw UND turn 24 Minnesota Morris turnovers into 30 points. Meanwhile, UND only turned it over six times and the Cougars netted just two points off those miscues.

UND returns to action at No. 20 Wisconsin on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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