NORTH DAKOTA STATE 75, OMAHA 58
FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Paul Miller scored 25 points, including five 3-pointers, and Tyson Ward added 17 points as North Dakota State beat Omaha 73-58 on Thursday night.
Miller became just the 12th player in NDSU history to reach 1,500 career points.
The Bison (11-10, 3-3 Summit League) conceded the lead just twice. Things were close before a 16-0 NDSU run featuring two dunks and a 3-pointer from Ward pushed its lead to 17 late in the first half. The Mavericks (7-16, 2-5) got back within eight using a 9-0 run of their own, but two Miller free throws put the Bison up by 10 at the half.
In the second half, Omaha was unable to close the margin to single digits, and NDSU stretched their lead to as much as 19.
The Bison were 10 of 10 from the free-throw line, and held a 27-10 advantage in bench points.
Daniel Norl led the Mavericks with 13 points.
DENVER 70, WESTERN ILLINOIS 58
DENVER (AP) - Jake Pemberton scored 13 points to lead four Denver starters in double figures and the Pioneers beat Western Illinois 70-58 on Thursday night.
Joe Rosga and Daniel Amigo scored 12 points each and Ade Murkey 10 for the Pioneers (9-12, 3-4 Summit League), who shot 56 percent, making 8 of 12 3-point attempts, and won their second straight.
Kobe Webster, who scored all 22 of his points in the second half, got the Leathernecks (10-9, 1-5) within 57-53 on a jumper. But Murkey made two free throws, Donovan Carlisle had a 3-point play and Pemberton made two more free throws for a 64-53 lead with 2:39 remaining. WIU didn't get closer than 10 thereafter.
Webster scored 14 straight points, including three consecutive treys, to give WIU a 47-46 lead before Rosga put Denver up for good at 50-47 with a 3-pointer.
Isaac Johnson added 12 points and C.J. Duff 11 for WIU.