SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — North Dakota State's bid for a third consecutive Summit League men's basketball tournament championship fell agonizingly short Tuesday night at the Sanford Pentagon.

The Bison rallied from a 25-point halftime deficit and tied the game in the final minute, but Oral Roberts scored the game's final three points at the foul line for a 75-72 victory to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament.

Bison senior Rocky Kreuser scored 34 points to help NDSU nearly pull of the unlikely comeback.

The Forum's Mike McFeely was at the Pentagon to cover the game that had high drama in the final minute.

Below is the McFeely's thoughts and observations on the game along with The Forum's Eric Peterson:

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Oral Roberts forward Kevin Obanor dunks against North Dakota State on Tuesday during the Summit League men's basketball championship game at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D. Richard Carlson / Inertia
Oral Roberts forward Kevin Obanor dunks against North Dakota State on Tuesday during the Summit League men's basketball championship game at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D. Richard Carlson / Inertia


Oral Roberts forward Kevin Obanor works around North Dakota State forward Odell Wilson on Tuesday during the Summit League men's basketball championship game at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D. Richard Carlson / Inertia
Oral Roberts forward Kevin Obanor works around North Dakota State forward Odell Wilson on Tuesday during the Summit League men's basketball championship game at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D. Richard Carlson / Inertia

North Dakota State forward Maleeck Harden-Hayes drives toward Oral Roberts' Kevin Obanor on Tuesday during the Summit League men's basketball championship game at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D. Richard Carlson / Inertia
North Dakota State forward Maleeck Harden-Hayes drives toward Oral Roberts' Kevin Obanor on Tuesday during the Summit League men's basketball championship game at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D. Richard Carlson / Inertia

Oral Roberts' Francis Lacis defends North Dakota State guard Sam Griesel on Tuesday during the Summit League men's basketball championship game at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D. Richard Carlson / Inertia
Oral Roberts' Francis Lacis defends North Dakota State guard Sam Griesel on Tuesday during the Summit League men's basketball championship game at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D. Richard Carlson / Inertia