Crandall made his first 13 field goal attempts in the second half and scored 22-consecutive points for the Fighting Hawks (1-0) during the opening seven minutes of the stanza. He finished 15-for-19 from the field and 7-for-9 from 3-point range after scoring just four points in the first half on 1-of-4 shooting.
"In the second half, he was really dialed in and made some tough shots. He has that capability to take over a game and we all saw that tonight," UND head coach Brian Jones said.
Crandall's crazy spurt helped UND erase what was a 33-30 deficit at the half and give the Fighting Hawks a 10-point lead before the Trojans fought back behind the long-range shooting of Wesley Person.
He had 20 of his team-high 25 points in the second half and his three free throws with just over three minutes to play put the Trojans back in the lead at 77-76. Person, who is the son of former NBA sharpshooter Wesley Person, Sr., sank all three of his 3-point attempts after the break to get his team back in the game.
Dale Jones, who had 11 points in his UND debut, put the Fighting Hawks back in the lead with a dunk and Connor Avants would break a 78-78 tie with a reverse layup on Crandall's fifth assist of the night with just over a minute to play.
After empty possessions by both teams, Troy's Juan Davis, Jr. was fouled by Jones on a 3-point attempt, but would only make two of those to square the game at 80-80 with 13 seconds to go. The Trojans would return the favor by fouling Crandall on a 3-point attempt with three seconds to play.
The junior, who started the game 1-for-5 from the stripe, buried all three of his attempts this time and Troy would turn the ball over on its final possession, giving UND a win over a fellow 2017 NCAA Tournament participant.
Jordon Varnado added 24 points for the Trojans, but the first team All-Sun Belt performer was limited to just six points after the break.
After shooting just 35.5 percent in the first, UND went 20-for-31 as a team after the break. Crandall finished that stanza 14-for-15 from the field and his seven triples were also a new career-high.
"The ball was just going in tonight and Coach Jones gives me a little bit of freedom to take some tough shots here and there," Crandall said. "Once they started going in, he just told me to stay the course, keep the pace and if they're going in, let it fly and if they're not, get somebody else involved."
Freshman Tray Buchanan added eight points off the bench in his collegiate debut. He added a game-high three steals.
UND trailed by as many as 12 points in the first half, but closed the opening 20 minutes on a pivotal 9-0 run. Junior Jafar Kinsey sparked that closing stretch with a 3-pointer and added a layup. He finished with six points in his UND debut.
UND will take Saturday off before returning to action on Sunday against host Hawai'i in a game scheduled to tip off at 9 p.m. CT.
GAME NOTES: Jerome Beasley (2001-03) was the last UND player to score 40 or more points in a game, reaching 41 points twice in his career ... He scored 41 against North Dakota State at home as a junior (Jan. 5, 2002) and matched that total against Augustana in Sioux Falls as a senior (Jan. 24, 2003) ... Crandall's 41 points are a new UND Division I single-game scoring mark ... Quinton Hooker (2013-17) held the previous DI-high of 38, which he accomplished twice in his career ... Crandall's previous career-high was 31 points, which he established twice as a sophomore in 2016-17 ...
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