K-Heart Sports – 11/29/23


MINOT, ND – Several girls basketball teams began the season last night.
High School Girls Basketball
Class A
#5 Watford City def. New Town, 60-39
South Prairie-Max def. Kenmare-Bowbells (Class B #4), 65-47
Des Lacs-Burlington def. Beulah, 45-36
Nedrose def. Bishop Ryan (Class B), 64-34
Turtle Mountain def. Hazen, 56-30
Killdeer def. Stanley, 41-36
Class B
#7 Central McLean def. Glenburn, 81-22
Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood def. Divide County, 51-39
Westhope-Newburg def. Powers Lake-Burke Central, 48-43
Velva def. Parshall, 46-43
Trenton def. Alexander 67-8
North Prairie def. Benson County, 44-37

High School Boys Hockey
Minot High def. Mandan, 8-5
Dickinson def. Williston, 3-1
Bismarck Legacy def. Jamestown, 7-1
Bismarck Century JV def. Hazen-Beulah, 3-1

High School Girls Hockey
Bismarck High-Legacy def. Minot High, 7-4
Mandan def. Dickinson, 6-0
Grand Forks def. Devils Lake, 5-2
GRAND FORKS, ND (MSU) – The Minot State women’s basketball team got a 20-point performance from the bench, but fell 82-53 to the North Dakota Fighting Hawks on the road Tuesday in non-conference action. Sydney Gustavsson led the Beavers (1-7 overall, 0-1 NSIC) with 14 points and three steals. Peyton Breidenbach tacked on eight points from the bench and Vilborg Jonsdottir helped out with four points and two steals. The Minot State offense was very productive from deep, pouring in eight threes on 27 attempts. Jaime Skeggs was the most prolific shooter for the Beavers, draining two treys in the contest. Minot State forced 18 North Dakota turnovers while committing 17 themselves in Tuesday’s game. The Beavers turned those takeaways into 13 points on the other end of the floor. Gustavsson’s three steals led the way for Minot State.
The score was tied 10-10 after the first quarter, and Minot State stuck with the Hawks to start the second before UND began to pull ahead. A three-pointer from DJ Davis at the midway point of the quarter started a 12-0 Fighting Hawk run to take a 33-19 lead. Following the Davis triple, the bench unit provided a spark to close the half, scoring 10 of the final 14 NoDak points to hold a 35-22 at intermission. Kiyah Hurst connected on 11-of-16 shot attempts on her way to 26 points for UND.
The Beavers next return to NSIC play at Bemidji State on Friday and St. Cloud State on Saturday.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (UND) – The North Dakota men’s basketball team won its sixth straight game Tuesday night, defeating the Concordia (Minn.) Cobbers 87-56 at the Betty. It is the first 6-1 start for North Dakota since the 2002-03 season, when the team started 8-1. Amar Kuljuhovic notched his second double-double in three games with ten points and ten rebounds, while B.J. Omot led the team with 21 points, three blocks and three assists. Eli King also set a new career high with four steals.
The Fighting Hawks got off to a fast start with an early 7-2 lead, as Omot opened the scoring with a thunderous slam on the fast break, and Treysen Eaglestaff hit a three and then a jumper for five points. But the Cobbers gave the Fighting Hawks all they could handle in the early going, putting the green and white in as much as a five point hole in the first ten minutes. Later in the half, Omot scored back-to-back layups to tie the game at 20, and the middle of the half was tightly contested. After a jumper from Concordia made cut NoDak’s lead to 30-28, the hosts closed the half on an 11-2 run to go up 41-30 at intermission. Despite the surge at the end of the half for UND, Concordia scored the first six points of the second half to pull within five. But as the half went on, NoDak started to separate themselves. Tsotne Tsartsidze made the first basket of the second half for NoDak, Omot followed with a three to push the lead back to double digits and give UND some breathing room. The lead was trimmed back to single digits near the midpoint of the half at 54-46, but over the next 4:45 UND responded with a 14-4 run to go up 18. The green and white led Concordia off the scoreboard the last 3:37 of the game as they sealed the win.
The Fighting Hawks will go on the road this weekend against Cal State Fullerton and UC Riverside. Then return home to take on Portland on Saturday, December 9th at 1 p.m. at the Betty.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (NDSU) – The North Dakota State men’s basketball team lost at San Jose State on Monday night, falling 78-65 in the first of back-to-back matchups against the Spartans. San Jose State made 11-of-24 attempts (46 percent) from three-point range, while NDSU shot 5-of-19 (26 percent) from beyond the arc. The Bison shot 39 percent overall for the game. Sophomore Damari Wheeler-Thomas led NDSU with 18 points, four rebounds, and three assists. Boden Skunberg scored 13 points, and Andrew Morgan added 10 points and six boards. San Jose State led 32-27 at halftime after going ahead by as many as 10 points in the first half. The Bison scored the first six points of the second half to go up 33-32. With the Spartans leading 40-39, San Jose State rattled off an 8-0 run to push its advantage back to nine. SJSU’s Trey Anderson led all players with 21 points. The Bison (4-4) will host San Jose State in a rematch next Monday, Dec. 4, at the Scheels Center in Fargo.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Rudy Gobert had 17 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks, reserve Troy Brown Jr. scored a season-high 17 points and the Minnesota Timberwolves withstood an injury to Anthony Edwards to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 106-103 on Tuesday night in the NBA In-Season Tournament. Edwards had 12 of his 21 points in the third quarter to lead the Wolves (13-4) back after trailing most of the first half, before landing hard during a dunk attempt and leaving the game with a bruised right hip. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 32 points on 13-for-22 shooting for the Thunder. His 37-foot try to tie at the buzzer, his only 3-point attempt of the night, was well off the mark. Brown made one of two foul shots with 4.5 seconds left to give the Thunder an opening, but the Wolves capped a stifling defensive performance in the second half — fueled by a switch to zone — with one more denial. The Thunder (11-6) had only 42 points in the second half and shot 6 for 26 in the third quarter against a Wolves team that leads the Western Conference with the best 17-game start in franchise history. The Wolves finished 3-1 in the Western Conference Group C. The Thunder went 1-3. Golden State played at Sacramento later Tuesday to determine the group champion. By only winning by three points, the Wolves were eliminated from contention because point differential serves as the second tiebreaker behind head-to-head results. The Timberwolves host Utah on Thursday.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Joel Eriksson Ek and Frederick Gaudreau scored in the first period and the Minnesota Wild ended a seven-game slide by beating St. Louis 3-1 on Tuesday. Matt Boldy added an insurance goal late and Filip Gustavsson made 23 saves for his first win in eight starts for Minnesota, playing its first game under coach John Hynes. A former bench boss with Nashville and New Jersey, Hynes took over Monday after the Wild fired Dean Evason. Colton Parayko netted the Blues goal. Jordan Binnington stopped 34 shots for St. Louis, including all 17 he faced in a second period owned by Minnesota. The Blues had just five shots on goal in the period. The Wild are at Nashville on Thursday.

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