SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Different formula, same result. And North Dakota State's men's basketball team owes no apologies for either.

One night after nearly blowing a 22-point lead before hanging on to beat Kansas City, the Bison were the team rallying Monday night in the semifinals of the Summit League tournament against South Dakota.

The Bison won a meat-grinder 79-75 at the Pentagon to advance to the championship game for the third straight season. Third-seeded NDSU (15-11) will face No. 4 seed Oral Roberts (14-10) in the championship game at 8 p.m. Tuesday. The game will be televised on ESPN2.

Flanked at the postgame interview podium by senior Rocky Kreuser and junior Sam Griesel, Bison head coach Dave Richman pointed to the leadership of his most experienced players.

"Really thrilled with the leadership of this group. I tell everybody who is listening right now what I just told these guys in the locker room: We have simply jumped on the back of three young men who exemplify everything that I want this program to be about," Richman said. "This is their program. It reflects the leadership of the two young men surrounding me right now and Tyree Eady."

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NDSU is looking for its fifth league tournament title in eight years and its sixth NCAA Tournament appearance in school history. The Bison won last year's Summit title, only to have the NCAA Tournament cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kreuser led the Bison with 21 points, including nine in the final 6:09 as NDSU rallied from a 66-57 deficit over the last 7:10 of the game.

Griesel had 16 points, including some key baskets down the stretch, despite 5 of 15 shooting. Eady added 14 points.

Stanley Umude led USD with 23 points. Xavier Fuller had 19 while Tasos Kamateros and Kruz Perrott-Hunt had 14 apiece.

The Coyotes finished the season 14-11.

USD took a 40-32 at halftime while shooting 63% from the field. Kamateros was 5 of 7 from the floor in the half while Fuller was 5 of 6 and had 10.

NDSU finished the half shooting just 11 of 30 (37%). Eady and Dezmond McKinney each had seven points in the first half. The Bison ended the half on a 1 of 6 shooting streak.

The Coyotes outscored the Bison 14-6 over the last 4:48 of the first half. With the score tied 26-26 a Damani Hayes free throw, followed by two free throws from Umude gave the Coyotes a 29-26 lead. Fuller got an offensive rebound and scored a layup for a 31-26 USD advantage.

It was 33-30 after two free throws from Rocky Kreuser, but the Coyotes finished the first half on a 7-2 run. Fuller drove and scored to make it 35-30 and an offensive foul on Kreuser led to a 3-pointer by Kamateros for a 38-30 USD lead.

USD and NDSU met for the fourth time this season, with the Bison winning three.

NDSU (15-11): Cook 2-9 0-0 5, Harden-Hayes 3-4 1-2 7, Eady 5-13 3-6 14, Kreuser 5-7 10-11 20, Griesel 5-15 6-8 16, McKinney 2-5 3-3 7, Skunberg 0-0 0-0 0, Wilson 1-2 0-0 2, Nelson 3-4 1-1 8. Totals 26-59 24-31 79.

USD (14-11): Umude 5-15 11-16 23, Archambault 2-5 0-0 4, Fuller 9-15 0-0 19, Kamateros 6-8 1-2 14, Perrott-Hunt 4-5 2-2 14, Anderson 0-0 0-0 0, Koster 0-0 0-0 0, Hayes 0-0 1-2 1, Heiman 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-48 15-22 75.

Half: USD 40, NDSU 32. 3-point goals: NDSU 3-14 (Cook 1-4, Eady 1-4, Kreuser 0-1, Griesel 0-2, McKinney 0-2, Nelson 1-1), USD 8-18 (Umude 2-4, Archambault 0-3, Fuller 1-4, Kamateros 1-2, Perrott-Hunt 4-5). Total fouls: NDSU 19, USD 24. Fouled out: Kamateros, Hayes. Rebounds: NDSU 35 (Kreuser 9), USD 26 (Umude 9). Assists: NDSU 7 (Eady 3, Griesel 3), USD 14 (Umude 5). Turnovers: NDSU 12 (Harden-Hayes 3, Griesel 3), USD 14 (Umude 5).