Bison Herd Round Up
Published: Monday, December 9, 2013
Updated: Monday, December 9, 2013 13:12
Two unattached wrestlers for NDSU won championships at the Dragon Open hosted by MSUM on Saturday. Redshirt sophomore Josh Rodriquez won the 133-pound title, and redshirt freshman Mitch Bengston won the 141-pound title.
Rodriguez won all four of his matches by major decision. In the final, Rodriguez won a 14-5 major decision over Minnesota’s Nathaniel Thomas. Bengston had one fall, one major decision and two decisions, including a 4-3 decision over MSUM’s Angel Vega in the final.
At 157 pounds, unattached freshman Clay Ream took fifth, with a 4-1 record on the day. At 149 pounds, Cole Sladek took sixth.
The NDSU men’s basketball team came back from a five-point halftime deficit to beat Bryant 66-62 at the Chace Athletic Center on Saturday in Smithfield, Rhode Island.
For NDSU, the game was the first of four contests in the BlackRock Gotham Classic.
In the second half, the Bison posted 42 points that would lead them to their fourth consecutive win on the season, improving their record to 6-3.
Leading the Bison with 18 points and 8 rebounds was senior forward TrayVonn Wright. Scoring all 15 points in the second half was Marshall Bjorklund and Taylor Braun walked away with 14 points, 5 assists, and 4 steals.
NDSU will play at Notre Dame on Wednesday and will be televised on ESPNU.
The NDSU women’s basketball team came up short on Friday and Saturday against the Air Force and Wyoming in the Clune Arena at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.
On Friday, the Bison lost to the Air Force 82-63. Going into the half, the Bison trailed 46-35.
The Air Force lead would be 11 points later on in the second half after Kahla Becken made one-of-two free throws with 13:37 left. The Air Force lead would increase to 15 with 11:34 left in the game and never looked back, controlling the rest of the second half from there.
NDSU’s Brooke LeMar came away with 12 points in the game, and Air Force’s Becken came away with 14 and Jimi Blagowsky with a game-high 26 points.
The Bison then lost against the Wyoming Cowgirls 72-69, falling to 3-6 on the season. The loss came on the final day of the Air Force Classic inside Clune Arena at the United States Air Force Academy.
In the second half, Wyoming cut the Bison lead to four at 53-49 with 12:22 remaining in the game. Wyoming then tied the game at 69 with 1:11 remaining in the game after a missed free throw by the Bison was converted into a layup for Wyoming.
With 27 seconds left on the clock, Wyoming took the lead with 1-of-2 free throws were made. Two more free throws with 9 seconds left increased the Wyoming lead and secured it for good. NDSU had one final opportunity to tie the game, but were unable to do so.
Holly Johnson scored a career-high 31 points in the game for NDSU, along with 12 rebounds. Lewis scored 20 points in the game for Wyoming, along with 21 rebounds.
The women will be playing once again in at 2 p.m. Saturday in Grand Forks to take on rival North Dakota.