K-Heart Sports – 01/19/24


MINOT, ND – Thursday’s scores from the area:
High School Boys Basketball
Class A
Bottineau def. Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood (Class B), 65-55
Nedrose def. New Town, 74-68
Des Lacs-Burlington def. Killdeer, 58-40
Dunseith def. St. John, 80-79
Class B
#9 Garrison def. #10 Wilton-Wing, 53-51
Drake-Anamoose def. Berthold, 58-18
Parshall/North Shore-Plaza def. Alexander, 57-53
Powers Lake-Burke Central def. Kenmare-Bowbells, 68-66
Tioga def. Divide County, 60-38

High School Girls Basketball
Class A
Hazen def. Dickinson Trinity, 48-46
Class B
#4 Central McLean def. New Salem-Almont, 57-24
#7 Kenmare-Bowbells def. Trenton, 55-39
#9 T-G-U def. Glenburn, 66-30
Velva def. #10 Our Redeemer’s, 44-42
Berthold def. Drake-Anamoose, 74-48
Westhope-Newburg def. Harvey-Wells County, 47-45
Bishop Ryan def. Surrey, 49-46
Parshall def. Alexander, 67-21
North Shore-Plaza def. Williston Trinity Christian, 33-20

High School Boys Hockey
Minot High def. Bismarck High, 10-0
Bismarck Century def. Mandan, 6-4

High School Girls Gymnastics
Mandan Meet
1. Dickinson, 148.400
2. Jamestown, 137.950
3. Mandan, 135.325
4. Fargo, 96.150
All-Around Winner: Aspen Roadarmel of Dickinson, 37.800

High School Boys Wrestling
Minot High def. Mandan, 42-20
Bismarck High def. Dickinson, 56-6
Bismarck Century def. Bismarck Legacy, 41-18
Bismarck St. Mary’s def. Jamestown, 48-24

High School Girls Wrestling
Minot High def. Mandan, 58-15
Bismarck High def. Dickinson, 45-24
Bismarck Legacy def. Bismarck Century, 51-24
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (UND) – Five players scored in double figures Thursday night for the North Dakota men’s basketball team who returned home for the first time in over two weeks and grabbed an 87-77 win over Oral Roberts. The victory snapped a seven-game skid against the Golden Eagles, with the previous victory in the series coming on Jan. 8, 2021 in Tulsa. B.J. Omot led the Fighting Hawks with 25 points, joined in double figures by Tyree Ihenacho with 22, Tsotne Tsartsidze with 14, Treysen Eaglestaff with 12 and Amar Kuljuhovic with ten. Tsartsidze and Ihenacho each had double-doubles with 12 and 11 rebounds, respectively.
The first few minutes of the game were pedal to the metal for both teams, going up and down the floor at a furious pace. Excellent shooting early by NoDak gave the hosts a 15-6 lead after four minutes of action. The green and white expanded their lead up to as many as 14, following back-to-back dunks from Omot. The Golden Eagles would come back and trim the Fighting Hawks lead to four, but UND held off the run and built back a seven-point lead at intermission at 44-37. Early in the second half, hot three-point shooting from Oral Roberts trimmed the UND lead to under five, but each time the visitors made a push the Fighting Hawks had an answer and kept the Golden Eagles from taking the lead. Omot pushed the lead back up to double digits with 14:30 to go, and kept it up most of the second half. With 2:05 to go it was a five point game, but the green and white closed the game strong with Omot and Tsartsidze hitting clutch free throws and a deep three from Ihenacho to seal the deal. North Dakota will host Denver on Saturday with a Noon tip off.
TULSA, Okla. (UND) – The North Dakota women’s basketball team fell in Summit League action, 71-55, to Oral Roberts Thursday night at the Mabee Center. Following a first half where the score stayed within single digits throughout, the Golden Eagles began to pull away in the third quarter, as they outscored the Fighting Hawks 26-13. ORU shot .474 percent from the field and held the Hawks to .333 percent with 10 turnovers that led to 13 ORU points. After a 6-0 UND, fueled by four points from Mikayla Aumer and a Kiyah Hurst bucket, the Hawks cut the ORU lead to 35-34 three minutes into the third. The Golden Eagles, however, outscored the Hawks 20-7 over the final seven minutes and closed out the quarter with a 12-0 run. Kacie Borowicz recorded her fifth career double-double and paced the Hawks in scoring for the 11th time with 19 points and 11 rebounds. She was followed by Kiyah Hurst’s 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting. Kiera Pemberton also pulled down double-digit rebounds with 10.
The Fighting Hawks held Oral Roberts to 6-of-22 shooting in the first quarter but surrendered nine offensive rebounds that turned into six ORU points. Kiyah Hurst scored the first five points for the Hawks and connected on one of UND’s two three-point baskets in the opening 10 minutes. Borowicz knocked down a three-pointer to take a 10-9 lead, but the Hawks would fail to connect on a triple again, finishing the game 2-of-15 from deep. After being outrebounded in the first quarter 16-10, the Fighting Hawks responded in the second period by controlling the rebounding battle 12-9 without surrendering an offensive rebound. Four straight points from Hurst, followed by six in a row for Borowicz gave NoDak a 28-24 advantage with 1:47 remaining in the half. The Golden Eagles took a 29-28 lead into the intermission by scoring the final five points of the half. Both Borowicz and Hurst reached double-figures in the first half with 13 and 11 points, respectively. ORU grabbed its largest lead of the night, 62-41, with 8:49 left in the final frame. UND cut the lead to 13 following a Sammiyah Hoskin bucket but the Golden Eagles would hold a double-digit lead throughout the fourth on their way to a 71-55 win. North Dakota will travel to Denver, Colo. for its next Summit League contest on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. against Denver.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (UND) – University of North Dakota head football coach Bubba Schweigert announced the hiring of Jake Landry as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks’ coach on Thursday afternoon. Landry returns to UND with a wealth of coaching experience and will enter his 14th season as a collegiate coach in 2024. Most recently, Landry spent the previous two seasons as the offensive coordinator and quarterback coach at St. Thomas. Over his two seasons, the Tommies had 14 individuals reach All-Pioneer Football League status and compiled a record of 18-4 (15-1 Pioneer Football League). With his guidance, the Tommies won the PFL conference title and had one of the most explosive offenses in the FCS in 2022, ending the regular season ranked No. 1 in the PFL in scoring offense (32.6 points per game) and No. 2 in both rushing offense (200.2 yards per game) and total offensive touchdowns (22). St. Thomas finished the 2022 regular season ranked No. 19 in the FCS Coaches’ Poll with a record of 10-1 and a perfect 8-0 standing in conference play. The Tommies were unable to participate in the FCS playoffs in 2022 due to the recent transition from NCAA Division III.
Landry also comes to North Dakota with FBS experience, spending time at Temple and Northern Illinois. He served as the quarterbacks coach for the Owls in 2021 and helped the Temple quarterbacks combine to throw for 2,041 yards and 10 touchdowns before being named one of the AFCA 35 Coaches Under 35. His time at Temple started as an offensive analyst for the offensive line and running backs and his coaching helped the Owls reach the 2019 Military Bowl. Prior to his time at Temple, Landry was the running back coach at Northern Illinois in 2018 and he was part of the staff that won the 2018 Mid-American Conference Championship. With the help of his leadership, running back Tre Harbison was named to the All-MAC Second Team after rushing for 1,034 yards and five scores in 2018.
Landry served as the offensive coordinator and quarterback coach at Wisconsin-La Crosse during the 2016 and 2017 seasons. As the offensive coordinator, the Eagle offense led the WIAC in passing yards both years. He earned the title of WIAC Co-Assistant Coach of the Year in 2017 when UW-L posted an 8-2 record to finish with its most wins since 2006 at the time. He spent three years at NIU (2013-15) at the start of his coaching career, working with the quarterbacks in 2013 and 2015 and the linebackers in 2014. The Huskies received bowl invitations each season he was on staff and NIU played in the MAC Championship game all three years. Before his first stints at Northern Illinois, Landry served two seasons as the wide receivers coach at Minnesota Duluth as a graduate assistant. In both 2011 and 2012, the Bulldogs won the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference North Division title. The Bulldogs averaged 46.5 points per game in 2011 and made a quarterfinal appearance in the NCAA Division II playoffs.
UND fans should recognize the Landry name, as he played quarterback at the University of North Dakota from 2007-10. He started the last two seasons and was also a team captain. He still holds the No. 8 career completion percentage in UND history with a completion percentage of 59.6. Landry currently holds the longest pass play in UND’s Division I history, which was an 85-yard strike to Greg Hardin at Northern Illinois on Sept. 11, 2010. Landry earned his bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of North Dakota in 2011. He also holds two master’s degrees, with one in education from Minnesota Duluth (2015) and one in sports management from Northern Illinois (2020).
FARGO, N.D. (NDSU) – The Denver men’s basketball team defeated North Dakota State, 78-70, on Thursday evening inside the Scheels Center. The Pioneers improved to 12-7 overall and 3-1 in The Summit League, while the Bison fell to 8-11 overall and 1-3 in the league. NDSU senior Boden Skunberg led the Bison with 15 points and six rebounds. Junior Jacari White finished with 14 points and a pair of steals, and NDSU sophomore Damari Wheeler-Thomas had 12 points and four assists. Touko Tainamo led Denver with 21 points. Denver shot 54 percent for the game, compared to 44 percent for the Bison. NDSU struggled from three-point range, making 5-of-24 (21 percent). The Pioneers led 37-34 at halftime. NDSU pulled ahead on a bucket by White just over five minutes into the second half, and the teams traded the lead 11 more times over the course of the second half. White drained a three to give the Bison a 64-60 lead with 4:15 remaining, but Denver scored seven straight to take the lead for good. The Pioneers held a 69-68 advantage with just over one minute left when DU’s Tommy Bruner made a clutch three-pointer. NDSU had won 11 straight meetings with Denver prior to Thursday. NDSU will host Oral Roberts on Saturday at 1 p.m.
DENVER (NDSU) – The North Dakota State women’s basketball team assembled a key 11-0 run with under five minutes to play to help pick up an 84-63 win at Denver on Thursday night at Hamilton Gymnasium. With the win, the Bison extend their win streak to four games and improve to 10-7 (4-0 Summit) on the season. It marks the first time since the 2009-10 season that the Bison have started conference play 4-0 and it was also the first win for NDSU at Denver since 2016. After NDSU entered the fourth quarter with a 56-51 edge, Denver (4-13, 1-3 Summit) chipped the deficit down to two, 58-56, following a pair of free throws from Jordan Jones at the 9:01 mark. The Bison answered to slowly stretch their lead to eight, 66-58, after Taryn Hamling provided a spark with a steal and fastbreak jumper with 4:25 to play. The Bison then rattled off a game-best 11-0 run capped off a by a layup from Abbie Draper to increase the lead to 77-60 with 1:25 to play to put the game out of reach. The Bison went on to close out the remaining time to pick up the 84-63 win. Elle Evans led the way for NDSU logging her second double-double of the season with a game-high 22 points and game-best 10 rebounds. The Edwardsville, Ill., native shot 9-of-17 from the field and added two steals and one assist to her stat line. Heaven Hamling added in 15 points with six rebounds and two assists. She also increased her career points total to 1,459 over four seasons, which is the most in the Bison Division I era and ranks ninth all-time. Abby Schulte rounded out the group reaching double figures in scoring for the fourth time this season 10 points and a team-high three assists. As a team, NDSU shot 56.1 percent (32-57) from the field and 53.3 percent (8-15) from three with nine different players in the scoring column. The Bison netted 46 points in the paint and the bench contributed 25 points. NDSU will continue its road swing at Oral Roberts on Saturday. Tip-off is set for 12:00 p.m.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Anthony Edwards scored 26 of his 28 points in the second half and the West-leading Minnesota Timberwolves beat the injury-ravaged Memphis Grizzlies 118-103 on Thursday night. Rudy Gobert had 17 points and 10 rebounds and tied his season high with six blocks, Naz Reid scored 20 points and Mike Conley had 17 points and 10 assists. Minnesota outscored the Grizzlies 37-17 in the fourth quarter after leading for less than five minutes of the first three periods. Jaren Jackson Jr. had 36 points and Luke Kennard added 18 points for the Grizzlies, who had their eighth starting-lineup combination in nine games this month and never let their lack of depth limit their energy as they started a four-game trip. They put on a passing and cutting clinic against the league leader in scoring defense. The Wolves (30-11) hit the midpoint of their schedule on pace for 60 wins. The franchise record (58) was set in 2003-04 when they reached the Western Conference finals, the only year they’ve ever advanced past the first round of the playoffs. They’re 17-2 at home and 21-6 against conference opponents, also paces for franchise records. The Wolves could lose their last 41 games and still finish with a better record than they had in 15 of their first 34 seasons. The Timberwolves host Oklahoma City on Saturday night.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Nikita Kucherov had three assists to reach 500 for his career, Anthony Cirelli scored twice and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Minnesota Wild 7-3 on Thursday night. Kucherov, who leads the league with 75 points, had his fourth game this season with three or more assists. He achieved the milestone in his 688th game, the third fastest to reach the mark among active players behind Connor McDavid (527) and Sidney Crosby (554). Jake Middleton had a goal and two assists for the Wild, his second three-point game of the season. Joel Eriksson Ek and Marco Rossi had the other goals for Minnesota, which fell to 2-8-1 in its last 11 games. Filip Gustavsson stopped 31 shots. The Wild play at Florida on Friday.

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