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Opening with a bang

It was a night when shots and records fell. Making 20 of its first 24 shots, North Dakota State's men's basketball team jumped out to a 44-6 lead en route to a season-opening 128-64 win over Mayville State on Tuesday night before 2,257 fans at th...

Dejuan Flowers winces

It was a night when shots and records fell.

Making 20 of its first 24 shots, North Dakota State's men's basketball team jumped out to a 44-6 lead en route to a season-opening 128-64 win over Mayville State on Tuesday night before 2,257 fans at the Bison Sports Arena.

The Bison set three school records: most lopsided modern-day win (64 points) to best a 53-point win over North Carolina Central last season, most modern-day points in one half (74) to top the 64 scored on Valley City State in 1989, and most points in a game, breaking the mark of 123 against Minnesota State Moorhead in 1989.

If there was any consolation for Mayville, its 1906 team got beat by more points when NDSU claimed a 92-21 win.

"I don't know what that run was, but it felt like 50-4," said Mayville State head coach Justin Johnson, whose 0-4 team was playing without three starters and one reserve - two sidelined with illness and two for discipline reasons.

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Bison senior point guard Ben Woodside, who had 28 points and seven assists in only 16 minutes of playing time, couldn't recall if he ever played on a team that scored 74 points in one half. The Bison led

74-29 at halftime.

"Maybe in AAU ball when you're used to putting up a lot of points," Woodside said. "Tonight, we got into a flow because of our defense."

Bison forward Michael Tveidt, too, couldn't remember ever playing on a team that scored 74 points in one half.

"Not even close," said Tveidt, who scored 14 points. "If it was close, it would've been with these guys."

Bison head coach Saul Phillips couldn't recall ever coaching a team that had seven players score in double figures. That's what the Bison did Tuesday night, after shooting 75 percent in the first half.

"I told our guys, we have never started a season 2-0 since I've been here," said Phillips, whose team gets a shot at 2-0 Saturday at Idaho.

Less than four minutes into the game, Woodside scored on a fastbreak - making him the No. 5 all-time scorer in Bison history. Woodside surpassed Marv Bachmeier and now has 1,577 career points.

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Less than 10 minutes into the game, Brett Winkelman drained a 3-pointer - making him the No. 12 all-time scorer. Winkelman, who scored 17 points in 17 minutes, surpassed Mark Gibbons and now has 1,366 points.

To add some spark to the scoring show, Woodside lobbed two passes to Winkelman for slam dunks in the first half.

"Me and Winks were connecting tonight," Woodside said.

Mayville, which was picked to finish seventh in the eight-team Dakota Athletic Conference, was coming off Sunday night's 92-61 loss at South Dakota State - a team picked to finish eighth in the 10-team Summit League. The Bison were picked to finish third.

MAYVILLE STATE: Johnson 3-7 7-12 13, Palmer 1-7 4-4 7, Bergerson 2-4 0-1 4, Schafer 4-7 0-0 11, Coleman 1-6 0-0 2, Sanchez 3-4 1-2 7, Kramer 0-1 0-0 0, J. Berge 0-0 0-0 0, Harrison 5-10 0-0 10, Laxdal 1-4 0-0 2, Aman 1-3 0-0 2, M. Berge 0-1 0-0 0, Lentz 2-4 0-0 6. Totals: 23-58 12-19 64.

NDSU: Winkelman 7-8 2-4 17, Tveidt 6-7 1-2 14, Moormann 1-2 0-0 2, Woodside 9-12 7-7 28, Nelson 4-7 0-0 12, Flowers 4-7 2-4 10, Coleman 2-11 0-1 4, Riley 1-4 3-5 5, Pennick 3-7 3-6 10, Carlson 5-7 2-5 12, Vaughan 3-4 0-0 8, Sussenguth 3-3 0-0 6. Totals: 48-79 20-34 128.

Halftime: NDSU 74, Mayville State 29. Total fouls: Mayville State 27, NDSU 18. Fouled out: Bergerson. 3-point goals: Mayville State 6-19 (Palmer 1-6, Schafer 3-6, Lentz 2-4), NDSU 12-19 (Winkelman 1-1, Tveidt 1-2, Woodside 3-3, Nelson 4-5, Pennick 1-3, Vaughan 2-2). Rebounds: Mayville State 28 (Johnson 9), NDSU 49 (Flowers 8, Riley 6, Winkelman 6). Assists: Mayville State 8 (J. Sanchez 3, Harrison 3), NDSU 28 (Woodside 7, Vaughan 6). Steals: Mayville State 1, NDSU 10 (Coleman 2). Turnovers: Mayville State 22 (Palmer 5), NDSU 4. A-2,257.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Kevin Schnepf at (701) 241-5549

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Schnepf's NDSU media blog can be found at www.areavoices.com

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