Troy Huff led all scorers with 18 points and classmate Aaron Anderson added 16 to pace the visitors.PORTLAND, Ore. – North Dakota picked up its 10th win in Big Sky play and all but secured a berth in the league's postseason tournament with a 74-66 victory over Portland State on Thursday. Junior
“This was a total team effort,” UND head coach Brian Jones said. “We came out with a purpose and did a great job from the start in this one. This gets us to 10 wins and that is really big for us. It is also our fifth road win in league play and that says a lot about the character of this team.”
Anderson hit six free throws late in the second half to reach the 1,000-point plateau for his career becoming the 33rd player in UND history to do so. With Huff reaching that feat just over a month ago, the duo becomes the first two UND teammates to join that club in the same season.
Huff hit back-to-back 3-pointers midway through the second half to extend what was just a 43-42 lead for the Green and White to seven. The Vikings never really threatened after that as UND (13-15, 10-8 BSC) finished off the season sweep of PSU.
Anderson had 10 first-half points and went 4-for-4 from the field to keep his team in front during the opening 20 minutes. He did not make a field goal after halftime, but went 6-for-6 from the charity stripe to help seal the victory.
“It’s a great accomplishment, but all I care about is the victory,” Anderson said. “It took a while to get that one locked down, but it feels good to win on the road.”
Junior Jamal Webb finished with 11 points and Shane Benton added 10 to give UND four double-figure scorers. Webb added seven assists and seven rebounds.
UND shot 56 percent from the floor in the second half and scored on six straight from the field midway through the stanza to create enough separation to hold off the Vikings down the stretch. UND’s defense limited Portland State to just a 40 percent clip from the field for the game and also collected 13 steals.
UND led by as many as nine points on two occasions in the opening 20 minutes, but the visitors could manage just two field goals in the closing eight minutes, allowing the Vikings to close their deficit to just three points at halftime.
Gary Winston actually put the home team within a single tally thanks to the first second chance points by either team with under a minute to play, but Webb made a driving floater in the closing seconds to put his team ahead 28-25 at the break.
Anderson was perfect from the field in the first half, making all four of his shots, to lead all scorers with 10 points. Sophomore Lenny Antwi added nine points off the UND bench to help give his squad a 15-8 advantage in that category.
UND concludes a four-game road trip on Saturday at Eastern Washington. Tipoff is slated for 4:05 p.m. CT.
Anderson reaches 1,000-point club in win at PSU