SDSU outlasts Huff and UND
Senior Troy Huff scored a game-high 30 points on 10-of-14 shooting from the floor for UND (3-7), but after falling behind by double digits for the second time late in the contest, the Green and White could not prevent their first home loss in four tries this season.
The Jackrabbits (7-7) won their third straight and got 22 points from senior Brayden Carlson and 21 more from Cody Larson. Larson went 8-for-14 from the field and the Jacks' center took advantage of an under-sized UND lineup that was playing without two of its three big men.
"I thought it was a bad matchup for us today because of their size, but that is who they are," UND head coach Brian Jones said. "I thought our guys battled though (and) were gritty."
Carlson scored half of his points from the foul line and had six points in the final two minutes to seal the win for the visitors.
Carlson also hit a big 3-pointer during an 11-0 run that saw UND have five of its 10 turnovers for the game in a six-possession stretch late in the contest.
That spurt by the Jacks came after freshman Quinton Hooker put UND within a point at 59-58 with just under seven minutes to play.
Hooker's basket capped a 7-0 run by the home that came on the heels of SDSU pushing its lead to 51-42 after the game was tied at 40-40.
A 40-38 lead for UND would be its last of the game after the team erased a 12-point deficit in the first half to square things at 32-32 by halftime. Huff had 19 of his game-high output in the first half.
SDSU shot 68 percent from the floor in the second half after only making 38 percent in the opening 20 minutes. UND held the visitors without a field goal over the final five minutes as Huff and company closed the stanza on a 12-1 run.
Both teams made 8 3-pointers in the contest, but it was timely makes from the Jackrabbits that proved critical in their effort to get back to the .500 mark on the season.
Seniors Jaron Nash and Jamal Webb added 12 points each for UND. Nash had a pair of 3-pointers in the closing minutes and Huff added a 4-point play that trimmed the deficit to 74-70 with 14 seconds to play, but Carlson iced the game with a pair of free throws.
Larson led a 34-27 advantage on the glass for the Jacks with a game-high seven rebounds. Nash, Huff and Webb each had four to pace UND. Huff's 30-point effort was the third time this season he has reached or exceeded that total.
The contest wrapped up non-conference play for the Green and White, who will return from Christmas break with a Big Sky road game at Northern Colorado on Sunday, Dec. 29.
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