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Bison men climb way to .500 mark

A New Year. And for North Dakota State, a new start. It took two months but the Bison men's basketball team finally reached the .500 mark. An expected 78-49 bombing of Mayville State (N.D.) Wednesday afternoon at the Bison Sports Arena moved NDSU...

A New Year. And for North Dakota State, a new start.

It took two months but the Bison men's basketball team finally reached the .500 mark. An expected 78-49 bombing of Mayville State (N.D.) Wednesday afternoon at the Bison Sports Arena moved NDSU to 6-6 overall.

The Bison followed last year's game with Mayville -- a schoolrecord tying 16 3-pointers -- with 13 this time.

"We knew they would be open," Bison guard Ben Nemmers said of the 3-pointer, "but we didn't want to settle for them. We wanted to work on creating great shots."

Nemmers was one of three players with 12 points to lead NDSU, joining guard CoCo Cofield and center David Erbes. Seven players had between six and 12 points.

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It took half of the first half before the Bison defrosted from Tuesday night's spirited win against Northern State (S.D.). Plus, Mayville's 1-11 record coming into the game didn't do much for the motivational factor.

Head coach Tim Miles took a 30-second timeout just 2½ minutes into it with his team trailing 5-2. It wasn't long before four starters got pulled.

"I just felt coming off a night game that I knew the energy would be down," Miles said. "So I wanted to make sure what the guys were giving wasn't good enough. It got better after that."

NDSU's first lead didn't come until 11:37 left on Myron Green's 3-pointer. Still, the Comets hung tough in the first half thanks mainly to NDSU's inability to hit the 3-pointer against a zone defense.

That didn't last.

"At least we finished strong," Nemmers said.

Cofield's back-to-back fastbreak layups gave the Bison their first double-digit advantage with five minutes left.

NDSU finished the half shooting 52 percent and the rout was on.

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It was 57-33 after seven second-half minutes.

The Bison have a chance to enter North Central Conference play with a winning record. They host Northland College (Wis.) Saturday afternoon at 2.

"Everybody's buying into what we have to do," Cofield said.

Nemmers passed Ross Manson for second place for most 3-pointers made in school history.

Robert Lawrence led the Comets with 24 points. Curtis Hong added nine points and nine rebounds.

MAYVILLE (1-12): Paprocki 2-2 0-0 4, Hanson 1-6 0-0 2, Hong 4-11 1-2 9, Lawrence 7-15 6-9 24, Bonaime 1-3 0-0 2, Flaagan 0-0 0-0 0, Mattson 1-4 3-5 6, Lowry 1-4 0-1 2, Ansah 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 17-45 10-17 49.

NDSU (6-6): Nemmers 4-9 0-0 12, Dobmeier 2-7 3-3 9, Cofield 5-7 1-2 12, A. Green 1-5 3-4 5, Kelchen 1-3 0-0 2, Gerber 4-7 0-1 10, Witt 2-4 0-0 6, M. Green 2-6 0-0 6, Erbes 3-6 6-10 12, Smith 0-2 0-0 0, Theis 1-1 0-0 2, Pettis 0-0 2-4 2. Totals: 25-58 15-24 78.

Halftime: NDSU 41, MSU 27. Total fouls: MSU 20, NDSU 15. Fouled out: none. Rebounds: MSU 29 (Hong 9); NDSU 42 (Erbes 9). 3-point goals: MSU 5-15 (Hanson 0-2, Hong 0-2, Lawrence 4-8, Mattson 1-3); NDSU 13-29 (Nemmers 4-7, Dobmeier 2-7, Cofield 1-2, A. Green 0-1, Gerber 2-4, Witt 2-4, Smith 0-1, M. Green 2-3). Turnovers: MSU 22 (Paprocki 7); NDSU 16 (Three with 3). Assists: MSU 12 (Paprocki, Hong 3); NDSU 21 (Nemmers 4). A-536.

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