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WATCH: Dramatic finishes for both Bison basketball teams in WDAY's 10 PM sportscast

Dave Richman's group survived two overtimes, while Jory Collins' comeback attempt fell by the wayside.

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North Dakota State's Rocky Kreuser shoots against Western Illinois during their basketball game Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, in Fargo.
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Drama was in the air for North Dakota State basketball, from Fargo to Macomb.

The Bison men survived a 16-point comeback from Western Illinois and outlasted the Leathernecks in two overtimes, 84-81. Sam Griesel led NDSU's efforts with 23 points, including the go-ahead shot in double overtime to make it 82-81. Tyree Eady backed him up with 22 points.

In Fargo, the NDSU women got off to a disastrous start, let out a furious rally, only to end in calamity.

Trailing by as many as 19 points, the Bison stormed back to grab the lead over Western Illinois inside the SHAC, including a 59-57 lead late in the fourth quarter. The Leathernecks responded with a Danni Nichols bucket with 15 seconds to go, force an NDSU turnover with five seconds, and two free throws from Elizabeth Lutz gave WIU a 61-59 win.

Reneya Hopkins led Jory Collins' group with 13 points, while Abby Schulte had 12.

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See those stories and more in WDAY's 10 PM sportscast.

Zach Staton joined WDAY as a sports reporter in 2018. He grew up in Salem, Virginia loving any sport he could play or watch. Staton graduated from Bridgewater College with a degree in Communication Studies before getting his Master's in Broadcast and Digital Journalism with a Sports Communication Emphasis from Syracuse University.
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