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Men's basketball: Bison still seeking end to slump after Saturday's loss

Steele Venter scored 33 points to lead Eastern Washington to a win over NDSU, which fell to 1-8 overall.

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CHENEY, Wash. — Steele Venters scored 33 points to lead Eastern Washington to a 78-70 win over North Dakota State on Saturday at Reese Court.

NDSU led 54-53 with 8:30 remaining after Damari Wheeler-Thomas scored all the points in a Bison 10-0 run in a span of less than three minutes. The Eagles responded with eight straight points.

EWU led 64-59 with less than five minutes left, and the Eagles all but iced it with six straight points.

Wheeler-Thomas and Jacari White both scored 14 points to lead NDSU, and Tajavis Miller finished with 13. Joshua Streit put up six points, five boards, two assists and two steals.

Eastern Washington shot 52 percent for the game, compared to 46 percent by the Bison. NDSU made 12-of-30 (40 percent) from 3-point range, but was hurt by 17 turnovers.

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NDSU fell to 1-8 on the season. The Bison will play at Portland at 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6.

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