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Saturday's metro college basketball roundup

Recaps from Saturday's local college hoops, leading with the Bison women falling to Omaha.

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North Dakota State’s Ryan Cobbins drives around Omaha’s Sophie Johnston on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, at the Sanford Health Athletic Complex in Fargo.
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WOMEN'S

Omaha 68, NDSU 54

FARGO — North Dakota State pulled within nine after being down big early, but the comeback attempt fell short as the Mavericks held on for a Summit League victory on Saturday at Scheels Center at Sanford Health Athletic Complex.

Omaha built a 31-10 advantage by the 6-minutes, 37-second mark of the second quarter and led 39-23 at halftime. The Bison sliced it to 52-43 after winning the third quarter 20-13. NDSU got within nine again with 3:33 left in the game, but Omaha was able to pull away.

Heaven Hamling led NDSU with 19 points, knocking down a season-high five 3-pointers on 12 attempts. Ryan Cobbins poured in 12 points and matched a season-best for made 3-pointers with four on 10 attempts. Emily Dietz added nine points.

As a team, NDSU knocked down 10 of 27 3-pointers, matching a season high in makes. The Bison shot 34.7% (17 of 49) from the field.

Grace Cave scored a game-high 25 points to lead Omaha (6-8, 2-3 Summit).

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North Dakota State’s Heaven Hamling cuts through Omaha’s Sophie Johnston (42) and Grace Cave (20) to make a pass to her teammate Ryan Cobbins on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, at the Sanford Health Athletic Complex in Fargo.
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North Dakota State’s Emily Dietz reaches for a rebound against Omaha’s Morgann Gardner on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, at the Sanford Health Athletic Complex in Fargo.
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North Dakota State’s Kadie Deaton fights to put up a shot against Omaha’s Morgann Gardner (24), Sam Mitchell (2) and Sophie Johnston (42) on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, at the Sanford Health Athletic Complex in Fargo.
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North Dakota State’s Emily Dietz fights for a rebound against Omaha’s Mariah Murdie on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, at the Sanford Health Athletic Complex in Fargo.
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NDSU (6-9, 2-3 Summit) is scheduled to play at St. Thomas at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Concordia 76, St. Scholastica 47

MOORHEAD — The Cobbers rolled to a Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference victory over St. Scholastica at Memorial Auditorium.

Symone Beld led a trio of Concordia double-digit scorers with an efficient 16 points with six rebounds. Beld shot 6 of 7 from the field, including 2 of 3 from 3-point range. Fargo North graduate Mary Sem followed with 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Emily Beseman rounded out the double-figure scorers with 11 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals.

The Cobbers shot 31 of 64 (48.4%) from the floor, while holding the Saints (0-10, 0-8 MIAC) to 17 of 49 (34.7%).

Concordia (3-7, 3-5 MIAC) is slated to play Augsburg at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday.

MEN'S

NDSU 71, Omaha 67

OMAHA, Neb. — Rocky Kreuser dropped a season-high 25 points and Maleeck Harden-Hayes notched his first career double-double to lead North Dakota State to a Summit League win over Omaha at Baxter Arena.

Harden-Hayes, a Moorhead graduate, finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Kreuser tallied eight rebounds to add to his game-high 25 points. Tyree Eady poured in 14 points with five rebounds and two steals. Grant Nelson recorded seven points, seven rebounds and four blocks.

Nick Ferrarini led Omaha (3-13, 2-3 Summit) with 12 points.

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Both teams shot 37% from the field. The Bison connected on 7 of 21 3-point attempts, while Omaha hit just 2 of 20 shots from beyond the arc.

NDSU (10-5, 2-1 Summit) is scheduled to play at Denver at 8 p.m. Monday night.

Concordia 70, St. Scholastica 62

MOORHEAD — Concordia mounted a second-half comeback to top St. Scholastica in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play at Memorial Auditorium.

St. Scholastica led 33-27 at halftime. The Cobbers won the second half 43-29.

Braeton Motschenbacher came off the bench and scored 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting to lead the Cobbers. Motschenbacher added a team-high eight rebounds. Dylan Inniger followed with 17 points and five boards on 6-of-9 shooting, and Rowan Nelson scored 14 points. Nelson shot 3 of 6 from the field and 8 of 9 from the free-throw line.

As a team, the Cobbers knocked down 27 of 46 shots from the field, good for 58.7%. Concordia shot 65.2% (15 of 23) in the second half.

The Cobbers (3-6, 3-4 MIAC) are scheduled to next play at Augsburg at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday.

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