NORTH DAKOTA STATE 80, WESTERN ILLINOIS 69
FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Paul Miller scored 26 points on 11-of-18 shooting, including his 1,500th career point, and North Dakota State dominated inside and pulled away in the second half to beat Western Illinois 80-69 on Saturday.
Cameron Hunter scored 13 points and Tyson Ward had 10 for the Bison (12-10, 4-3 Summit League), who outscored the Leathernecks 32-16 in the paint and trailed by as many as 12 points in the first half.
Miller, who has scored 20 or more points in eight straight games, is the 12th NDSU player to reach 1,500 career points.
Jared Samuelson's 3 put NDSU up for good, 34-32, and the Bison outscored Western Illinois 29-15 in the final 11:30 to take a 42-40 halftime lead.
Spencer Eliason's layup sparked an 8-1 run for a 54-47 Bison lead and NDSU pulled ahead 63-53 with 10:16 left to play after Deng Geu scored seven points in a 9-2 run. Western Illinois closed to 66-59 on Dalan Ancrum's back-to-back 3s, but Hunter's 4-point play made it 70-59 and the Bison won going away.
Kobe Webster scored 24 points and Ancrum had 15 for the Leathernecks (10-10, 1-6), who have lost three straight.
SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 78, FORT WAYNE 76
BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) - Mike Daum tossed in 23 points, including two free throws with 21 seconds left in the game, and South Dakota State hung on for a 78-76 victory over Fort Wayne on Saturday.
Daum added 14 rebounds, giving him double-doubles in six of his last seven games and 12 this season for the Jackrabbits (18-6, 6-1 Summit League). Tevin King added 11 points and 10 rebounds for his first career double-double. Reed Tellinghuisen and Skyler Flatten each chipped in with 12 points and seven boards and David Jenkins Jr. had 10 points as all five South Dakota State starters scored in double figures.
John Konchar paced the Mastodons (14-10, 3-4) with 23 points, nine rebounds and four steals. Bryson Scott finished with 17 points and six boards, while Kason Harrell and Xzavier Taylor scored 12 and 10, respectively.
Fort Wayne shot just 28 percent, including 2 of 13 from 3-point range, and trailed 43-26 at intermission. The Mastodons trailed by seven when Konchar hit back-to-back buckets and Scott added a 3-point play to knot the score at 67 with 5:42 to play. Konchar's 3-pointer with 51 seconds left gave Fort Wayne a 76-75 lead, but Konchar fouled Daum who sank the game-winning free throws.
DENVER 84, SOUTH DAKOTA 68
DENVER (AP) - Joe Rosga scored 23 points, Jake Pemberton added 20 and Denver made 11 of 19 from 3-point range to knock off league-leader South Dakota 84-68 in a Summit League game on Saturday night.
Rosega and Pemberton combined for seven 3s and 27 points as the Pioneers (10-12, 4-4) took a 42-28 lead at the half.
Jake Krafka had 11 of his career-high 12 points in the second half for the Pioneers, while Ade Murkey scored 10.
The Coyotes (18-6, 6-2), who won the first meeting this season 82-71 and had won four straight, were led by Tyler Hagedorn with 16 points.
Rosga had three 3-pointers to start a 16-0 run that put the Pioneers up 20-3 and the lead reached 22.
South Dakota cut the lead to nine five minutes into the second half but a quick 7-0 spurt ended the challenge.