KHRT Sports – 02/02/24


MINOT, ND – It was a battle of top 5 ranked teams in Class B boys basketball last night at Bishop Ryan High School. The #4 Lions hand #2 Westhope-Newburg their first loss of the seaon, 56-53, in a game we broadcast on The Heart 106.9 FM. Ramsey Walz tallied a game-high 22 points to lead Bishop Ryan, while Jett Lundeen added 12 and Hayden Seay had 10. Walker Braaten led the Sioux with 21 points, 12 of those in the fourth quarter. Braden Bailey added 18 and Dalton Hawkins 11. Both teams are now 15-1 overall.
Other scores from the area:
High School Boys Basketball
Class AA
Jamestown def. Bismarck Legacy, 62-61
Class A
Bottineau def. Turtle Mountain, 73-68
Des Lacs-Burlington def. Rugby, 71-39
Nedrose def. Dunseith, 74-57
South Prairie-Max def. New Town, 63-49
Dickinson Trinity def. Bismarck St. Mary’s (Class AA), 56-44
Class B
#4 Bishop Ryan def. #2 Westhope-Newburg, 56-53
Kenmare-Bowbells def. #9 Williston Trinity Christian
T-G-U def. Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood, 64-50
Our Redeemer’s def. Berthold, 73-35
Harvey-Wells County def. Surrey, 74-57
Drake-Anamoose def. Glenburn, 57-40
Ray def. Trenton, 70-69
Alexander def. Tioga, 65-46
Parshall/North Shore-Plaza def. Divide County, 86-50
Central McLean def. Grant County-Mott-Regent, 73-49

High School Girls Basketball
Class AA
#5 Bismarck Legacy def. Jamestown, 65-39
Bismarck St. Mary’s def. Dickinson Trinity (Class A), 59-49
Class B
Velva def. Powers Lake-Burke Central, 62-39
Linton-HMB def. Garrison, 45-34

High School Boys Hockey
Minot High JV def. Hazen-Beulah, 4-1
Bismarck Century def. Jamestown, 7-0

High School Girls Hockey
Minot High def. Mandan, 3-2
Williston def. Bismarck Century, 6-2
Grand Forks def. Jamestown, 3-0

High School Boys Wrestling
Bismarck High def. Bismarck Century, 41-21 (Bismarck secures WDA regular season title)
Williston def. Minot High, 47-17
Jamestown def. Watford City, 37-26

High School Girls Wrestling
Bismarck High def. Bismarck Century, 45-28
MINOT, N.D. (MSU) – The 19th-ranked Minot State men’s basketball team kept Bemidji State to just 20 percent from beyond the 3-point arc in a 5-for-25 shooting performance on the way to a 62-58 victory over the visiting Beavers at the MSU Dome on Thursday in NSIC action. The MSU Beavers (17-4 overall, 12-3 NSIC) had two players score in double figures, led by Jalen Cook, who had 17 points. Khari Broadway tacked on 13 points, four assists and two steals and Ben Bohl added eight points and six rebounds. The Minot State offense was very productive from three-point land, pouring in 12 threes on 26 attempts. Cook was the most prolific shooter for the Beavers, draining five treys in the contest. a new career high in 3s for the junior guard. Minot State’s defense held Bemidji State to only 20 percent shooting from beyond the arc and 37.5 percent from the field.
After falling behind 31-29, Minot State went on an 8-0 run with 1:24 left in the first half, culminating in a three from Cook, to take a 37-31 lead. The Beavers then lost some of that lead, but still entered halftime with a 37-32 advantage. Minot State relied on its three-point shooting in the period, knocking down eight shots to account for 24 of its 37 points. Minot State kept its lead intact before going on an 8-0 run, finished off by Cook’s three, to grow the lead to 50-41 with 13:18 to go in the contest. Bemidji State narrowed the margin somewhat before the game was over, but the Beavers still held on for the 62-58 win. Minot State shot well from three-point range in the half, hitting four shots from deep to score 12 of its 25 points. Minot State play at UMary on Saturday.
MINOT, N.D. (MSU) – The Minot State women’s basketball team had 11 fewer turnovers than Bemidji State, but fell 77-63 to the Beavers at the MSU Dome on Thursday in NSIC action. The Beavers (8-16 overall, 5-10 NSIC) had two players score in double figures, led by Jaime Skeggs, who had 14 points. Sydney Gustavsson added 11 points and Lorelei McIver added four points and five steals. Led by Vilborg Jonsdottir’s three offensive rebounds, Minot State did a great job crashing the offensive glass, pulling down 13 boards that resulted in six second-chance points. Minot State forced 21 Bemidji State turnovers while committing 10 themselves in Thursday’s game. The Beavers turned those takeaways into 19 points on the offensive end of the floor. McIver’s five steals led the way for Minot State.
Minot State kept it close in the first quarter, but entered the second frame down 18-14.The Beavers continued to lose ground in the second quarter and faced a 40-29 halftime deficit. Bemidji State continued to increase its lead after halftime, building a 43-29 advantage before Minot State went on a 5-0 run, punctuated by a basket from Emily Srejma, to trim its deficit to 43-34 with 7:20 to go in the third. Bemidji State countered and stretched its lead to 56-41 heading into the fourth. Minot State’s bench made the most of its minutes in the period, as non-starters totaled six of the team’s 12 third-quarter points. Minot State narrowed its deficit to 63-49 before going on a 5-0 run, finished off by Emma Mogen’s layup, to shrink the deficit to 63-54 with 4:36 to go in the contest. Bemidji State responded and outscored the Beavers the rest of the way, ending the game with a final score of 77-63. Minot State took advantage of nine Bemidji State turnovers in the quarter, scoring eight points off of those takeaways. Minot State travels to UMary on Saturday.
MINOT, N.D. (MSU) – The Minot State hockey teams continued to be two of the toughest in the nation based on the ACHA polls released this week. Making a big move with a weekend road sweep were the Minot State women who jumped to No. 4 in the nation after wins at No. 4 McKendree, No. 5 Maryville, and No. 11 Lindenwood. Meanwhile, despite a loss to in-state rival the University of Mary, the Minot State men remained No. 1 in the ACHA men’s rankings. The Beaver men (24-5-0 overall) were No. 1 and followed by No. 2 Adrian (Mich.), No. 3 Central Oklahoma, No. 4 UNLV, and No. 5 Liberty (Va.). Jamestown, which was swept by the Beavers in a home-and-home weekend series, slipped to No. 7 while Mary remained at No. 10. The Minot State men’s team plays on the road this weekend at Waldorf (Iowa) on Friday and Saturday. As for the Minot State women (14-10-1), who play tonight at 7 at No. 10 Jamestown, the Beavers climbed three spots in the latest poll with their weekend sweep to the No. 4 spot. Midland (Neb.) moved back into the No. 1 spot, continuing a weekly flip-flop with Liberty (Va.), which is No. 2. Adrian (Mich.) is No. 3.
VERMILLION, S.D. (UND) – The North Dakota men’s basketball team defeated South Dakota 95-81 Thursday night, winning for the fifth straight game and winning in Vermillion in back-to-back years for the first time since 1998 & 1999. B.J. Omot led the team with 25 points, joined by Tyree Ihenacho who scored 21. The duo also went over 20 against Oral Roberts last month. Amar Kuljuhovic had a career high 17 rebounds, the first Fighting Hawk to grab that many boards since Marlon Stewart did against Western Illinois in February of 2020. Treysen Eaglestaff got the scoring going with the first basket of the game and ten of the first 16 points for the Fighting Hawks. The half went back and forth as each team had scoring spurts, which prevented either team from pulling away. With the game tied at 30 with 2:52 left in the half, NoDak finished the half on a 7-0 run, with Omot hitting from downtown and then scoring a layup and Kuljuhovic closed the half with a jumper to make it a 37-30 lead at intermission. UND did not trail at any point in the half, though it was tied five times. In the opening ten minutes of the second half, the Coyotes pulled within four at 39-35; but the Fighting Hawks repelled the hosts with a 7-0 run. Kuljuhovic scored all seven points in the spurt as UND went back up double-digits at 11. With 8:45 to go, it was a five point game at 65-60 but Omot hit from downtown to stop the momentum that was swinging back to the home team. Each time that the Coyotes made a push, the green and white had an answer to close out the 14 point win. The Fighting Hawks will be back at the Betty on Saturday for the Phil Jackson/Bill Fitch Banner Raising Game against North Dakota State.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (UND) – The North Dakota women’s basketball team closed out the first half strong but struggled in the second half as they fell 69-53 to South Dakota Thursday night at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. South Dakota began to pull away in the second half, outscoring UND 18-11 in the third and 17-10 in the fourth. NoDak shot 8-for-33 in the second half, while South Dakota was 11-for-29 with four triples. A jumper from Sammiyah Hoskin tied the game at 34-34 with the first bucket of the second half, but the Coyotes scored 14 unanswered points over the next four and a half minutes. Kiyah Hurst and Hoskin ended the third with back-to-back baskets to pull the Hawks back within single digits, 52-43, heading to the final frame. After scoring the final four points to end the third quarter, the Hawks continued to build their momentum with a 7-3 run, bringing the score to 55-50 with 7:03 remaining. The Hawks, however, would score just three points over the final seven minutes, while USD pulled away for its 69-53 win. The final 3:39 of the first half belonged to the Fighting Hawks, as they closed on a 12-2 run to cut the USD lead to 34-32 at the intermission. Mikayla Aumer and Borowicz poured in 10 of the 12 points during the run, while Destinee Oberg scored the other basket off an offensive board. NoDak called an early timeout after USD took an 18-9 lead two minutes into the quarter and responded out of the timeout by outscoring the Coyotes 23-16 in the final eight minutes. The duo of Aumer and Borowicz paced the Fighting Hawks in the first half combining for 27 of UND’s 32 points. Aumer surpassed her career-high point total in just 13 first-half minutes, as she paced the Hawks with 14 points in the opening 20. Borowicz was right behind her backcourt teammate with 13 points and five rebounds. Both teams were slow out of the gates, as South Dakota held a 13-7 lead following 10 minutes of action. North Dakota was 2-of-13 from the field and USD was 6-of-17 on field goal attempts. The Coyotes found 10 of their 13 points in the paint, while UND went 3-for-3 from the charity stripe. The Hawks are back at the Betty on Saturday for a 1:00 p.m. matchup with North Dakota State.
BROOKINGS, S.D. (NDSU) – Redshirt freshman Noah Feddersen scored on a tip-in with 1.3 seconds left in overtime, lifting the North Dakota State men’s basketball team to a thrilling 74-73 victory over South Dakota State at Frost Arena on Thursday night. NDSU senior Boden Skunberg finished with 14 points, 11 rebounds and six assists. Andrew Morgan added 12 points for the Bison, and Jacari White had 10. NDSU improved to 3-4 in Summit League play, while SDSU fell to 5-3 in the league. Both teams led by 10 in the first half. After the Jackrabbits went up 16-6 early, the Bison fought back to take a 30-20 lead with 4:30 left before halftime. The game was knotted at 55-55 with 3:51 remaining. NDSU went up by three points on four different occasions in the final three minutes, but SDSU’s Zeke Mayo made a long three-pointer to tie the game at 65-65 with five seconds left, forcing overtime. Sophomore Lance Waddles scored NDSU’s first five points of the overtime period. With the Jackrabbits leading 73-72 and 0:35 left, the Bison got a stop on the defensive end. Skunberg’s attempt at a game-winner in the closing seconds missed, but Feddersen’s tip-in won the game for NDSU. The Bison have now won three of the last four meetings against South Dakota State. It was NDSU’s fifth overtime game of the season, with the Bison improving to 4-1 in those contests. The Bison will play at North Dakota on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
FARGO, N.D. (NDSU) – Heaven Hamling dropped a game-high 18 points as the North Dakota State women’s basketball team came up short against South Dakota State, 65-58, on Thursday night at Scheels Center in front of 1,683 fans. After trailing by one point at the half, 27-26, NDSU (11-9, 5-2 Summit) put together a 7-3 run early in the third frame to lock the contest, 36-36, following a free throw from Abbie Draper at the 6:32 mark. The Jackrabbits (16-5, 8-0 Summit) responded with seven straight points regain the edge, 43-36, after Brooklyn Meyer delivered a pair of free throws with 3:26 on the clock. NDSU battled back in the fourth quarter with an 11-3 run of its own to cut the deficit down to two, 55-53, following two free throws from Hamling with 3:20 to play. After Tori Nelson drained a layup for the Jackrabbits, Elle Evans answered for the Bison with four straight points at the free throw line to lock the contest, 57-57, with 1:40 remaining. However, the Jackrabbits closed out the remaining time on an 8-1 run to seal the 65-58 win. Hamling led the way for the Bison with a game-high 18 points to go along with six rebounds. The Grand Rapids, Minn., native also reached the 1,500-career points mark and ranks seventh on the Bison all-time scoring list with 1,507 points at NDSU. Elle Evans tallied double digits in scoring for the seventh straight game with 17 points and six rebounds. Draper also grabbed a game-high seven rebounds and added six points. As a team, the Bison shot 35.3 percent (18-51) from the field. NDSU also shot 69.2 percent (18-26) from the free throw line, including going 11-of-12 from the stripe in the fourth quarter. NDSU will be back in action at North Dakota on Saturday. Tip-off is set for 1:00 p.m.
NEW YORK (AP) — Kawhi Leonard and Paul George of the Los Angeles Clippers were chosen as All-Star reserves Thursday, while the Minnesota Timberwolves and New York Knicks also had two players selected. Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns of the Western Conference-leading Timberwolves will be going to the Feb. 18 game in Indianapolis. Stephen Curry is an All-Star for the 10th time, while the Lakers’ Anthony Davis and Devin Booker of Phoenix rounded out the West reserves. Jalen Brunson was selected for the first time and was joined by teammate Julius Randle from the Knicks, who went 14-2 in January. The East had two other first-time selections in Philadelphia’s Tyrese Maxey and Orlando’s Paolo Banchero, with Cleveland’s Donovan Mitchell and Boston’s Jaylen Brown joining them.
The West is the far more experienced squad. Curry tied Hall of Famer Paul Arizin’s Warriors franchise record for most selections, while Davis and George — who will be returning to his original NBA home in Indiana — are All-Stars for the ninth time. Leonard is a six-time selection. The starters were announced last week. Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo and Damian Lillard will be joined in the East by Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid, Boston’s Jayson Tatum and Indiana guard Tyrese Haliburton. The West starters are the Lakers’ LeBron James, Denver’s Nikola Jokic and Kevin Durant of Phoenix in the frontcourt, along with guards Shai Gilgeous-Alexander of Oklahoma City and Luka Doncic of Dallas. The reserves were selected through voting by head coaches in each conference. They had to choose three frontcourt players, two guards and two other players, regardless of position.
The NBA-leading Celtics and Timberwolves both hoped to have three All-Stars, but neither Boston’s Derrick White nor Minnesota center Rudy Gobert were chosen. The Wolves had to settle for having two All-Stars for the fifth time in franchise history, the first since Towns and Jimmy Butler in 2018. If any players are injured and can’t play, their replacement is chosen by Commissioner Adam Silver. Randle is likely out because of a dislocated right shoulder that is expected to sideline him through the All-Star break.

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