Taking Care of Business
NDSU comes out strong with blowout at home
Published: Thursday, December 5, 2013
Updated: Thursday, December 5, 2013 23:12
Coming off a delayed flight the night before, the NDSU men’s basketball team had to condense its pregame plan in order to keep loose and prepare for Valley City State at the same time. However, Tuesday’s result didn’t show much lack of preparation.
Having just won the Cable Car Classic Championship, the Bison marched into the Bison Sports Arena and took a convincing 86-43 victory over the VCSU Vikings.
“Not one complaint from our guys,” NDSU head coach Saul Phillips said. “We had to do a scouting report (and) shoot-around hybrid today and they handled it like men.”
NDSU started the game off strong with a 31-10 run over the first 13 minutes of the game. TrayVonn Wright got the momentum going with two big dunks to get the Bison up 10-2 in the first four minutes.
The Bison made sure to power their way down low, scoring 42 points in the paint. The 6-foot-8-inch Marshall Bjorklund, with 12 points and five rebounds, led NDSU in the post.
“We’re a veteran team and it shows on nights like tonight,” Phillips said. “It’s a valuable game.”
With Phillips rotating his roster early and often, some bench players saw many opportunities to improve. Phillips said it was a good night for freshman Carlin Dupree, who tied Bjorklund for a game-high 12 points while going 2-of-3 from three-point range while also tying Bjorklund with five rebounds. Those totals were also a career-high for the freshman.
“Every moment that I can get Carlin out on the floor and get him acclimated with his teammates is helpful to us,” Phillips said. “Certainly you can see flashes of what he can do.”
Dupree added: “I’m getting more into the flow. I’m just trying to help my team out, but I still got a long way to go.”
Seven players scored in the first eight minutes and four players finished with double-digits for NDSU, while the Vikings recorded none.
Though VCSU is a NAIA school, Phillips said he wanted to have his team put the pedal to the metal every time they got a chance. He said that he hopes to see more complete performances from every single one of his personnel.
“Hopefully that’s a trend that’ll continue here,” he said.
The Vikings were led by Quinton Peterson, who ended the night with eight points. However, it wasn’t enough to contest with NDSU, who held VCSU to not a single point off of fast breaks.
Dupree, who led the second-team offense for most of the game, said he feels more comfortable leading the charge on both sides of the court every time he comes off the bench.
“I know coach (Phillips) is going to keep helping me and the guys are going to keep working me,” Dupree said. “I’m looking forward to keep working.”
The Bison will travel to play Bryant this Saturday with a following road trip to Ohio State later next week with a journey to Notre Dame soon thereafter. Even though there will be a drastic change of competition, NDSU is looking forward to the challenge ahead.
“We’ve got Notre Dame and Ohio State coming up,” Dupree said. “It should be pretty fun to go against high-intensity competition.”