KHRT Sports – 02/09/24


MINOT, ND – All the higher seeds won in the quarterfinal of the District 8 Girls Basketball Tournament, except for the first game. We’ll broadcast today’s games on The Heart 106.9 FM,, and through the LIVE 365 App.
High School Girls Basketball
Class B
District 8 Tournament – Minot Auditorium
#7 Bishop Ryan def. #2 Surrey, 37-34
#3 T-G-U def. #6 Velva, 63-39
#1 Our Redeemer’s def. #8 Harvey-Wells County, 60-34
#4 Berthold def. #5 Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood, 44-25
Today’s schedule
Loser Out
#2 Surrey vs #6 Velva, 3 pm
#8 Harvey-Wells County vs #5 Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood, 20 min after
#7 Bishop Ryan vs #3 T-G-U, 20 min after
#1 Our Redeemer’s vs #4 Berthold, 20 min after
District 7 Tournament – Williston State College
#1 Kenmare-Bowbells def. #9 Williston Trinity Christian, 58-17
#4 Powers Lake-Burke Central def. #5 Parshall, 56-35
#2 Trenton def. #7 Ray, 66-28
#3 Tioga def. #6 Divide County, 46-42
Today’s schedule
Loser Out
#9 Williston Trinity Christian vs #5 Parshall, 3 pm
#7 Ray vs #6 Divide County, 20 min after
#1 Kenmare-Bowbells vs #4 Powers Lake-Burke Central, 20 min after
#2 Trenton vs #3 Tioga, 20 min after
MINOT, ND – Other scores from the area:
High School Girls Basketball
Class A
#2 Bottineau def. Stanley, 82-28
#4 Nedrose def. New Town, 48-18

High School Boys Basketball
Class B
New Salem-Almont def. Washburn, 78-72 OT

High School Boys Hockey
Dickinson def. Williston, 3-0
MOORHEAD, Minn. (MSU) – The 15th-ranked Minot State men’s basketball team fell to the 9th-ranked Minnesota State Moorhead Dragons 81-79 on the road Thursday in NSIC action on Ja’Kair Sanchez’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer as time expired. The Beavers (18-5 overall, 13-4 NSIC) had four players score in double figures, led by Connor Hollenbeck, who had 23 points and seven rebounds. Khari Broadway added 19 points and two steals and eclipsed 2,000 career points in the game and now has 2,006 in his collegiate career, while Ben Bohl chipped in as well with 12 points and two steals. The loss was the second time this season the Dragons beat the Beavers based on a last-second 3 as then No. 2-ranked MSU Moorhead beat Minot State on a missed Beavers 3, 77-74, at the MSU Dome back on December 16.
After jumping out to a 10-7 advantage, Minot State went on a 7-0 run with 12:16 left in the first half, culminating in a three from Jaxon Gunville, to increase its lead to 17-7. The Beavers then surrendered that lead and entered halftime down 31-30. Minnesota State Moorhead kept widening its lead after intermission, constructing a 54-44 advantage before Minot State went on a 10-0 run, finished off by Gunville’s three, to even the score at 54 all with 11:13 to go in the contest. The Beavers could not turn their rally into a victory, as the Dragons outscored them 27-25 the rest of the way to hand Minot State the 81-79 loss. A see-saw finish as the teams traded the lead six times in the final 5 minutes with a pair of Hollenbeck free throws giving Minot State a 79-78 lead in the final minute before Sanchez’s game-winner just before the buzzer.
MOORHEAD, Minn. (MSU) – Sydney Gustavsson and Ashley Wacha combined to score 32 total points – 61.5 percent of Minot State’s points – but the Beavers fell to the Minnesota State Moorhead Dragons 56-52 on the road Thursday in NSIC action. Gustavsson led the Beavers (8-18 overall, 5-12 NSIC) with a season-high 25 points and eight rebounds. Wacha added seven points and two steals from the bench and Vilborg Jonsdottir helped out with six points, seven rebounds and four assists. Minot State shared the ball well in Thursday’s game, racking up 15 assists on 20 made field goals. Jonsdottir’s four assists paced the Beavers and Jaime Skeggs also helped out with four assists of her own. Minot State forced 18 Minnesota State Moorhead turnovers while committing 11 themselves in Thursday’s game. The Beavers turned those takeaways into 16 points on the other end of the floor. Lorelei McIver’s three steals led the way for Minot State.
Minot State struggled out of the gate, falling behind 15-9 at the end of the first quarter. Minot State then started off the second quarter by going on a 6-0 run, highlighted by a three from Wacha, to tie the game at 15. Minnesota State Moorhead then took control, putting the Beavers at a 27-20 disadvantage heading into halftime. After intermission, Minot State cut its deficit to 40-34 before going on a 6-0 run, punctuated by a basket from Jonsdottir, to tie things up at 40 with 58 seconds to go in the third. The Beavers could not advance their rally further as the Dragons took a 42-40 lead into the fourth quarter. Minot State took advantage of six Minnesota State Moorhead turnovers in the quarter, scoring eight points off of takeaways. Minot State could not pull any closer in the fourth, losing by a final of 56-52. Minot State took advantage of its opportunities in the post, scoring six of its 12 points in the paint.
FARGO, N.D. (NDSU) – The North Dakota State men’s basketball team improved to 5-1 in its sixth overtime game of the season, beating Kansas City 82-78 on Thursday night inside the Scheels Center. Junior forward Andrew Morgan scored a career-high 31 points to lead the Bison, and senior Boden Skunberg added 21 points with a flurry of buckets late in regulation and the overtime period. NDSU made 33-of-38 (87 percent) at the free throw line, paced by a 14-for-16 effort by Morgan and a perfect 10-for-10 by Skunberg. Skunberg also recorded seven rebounds and four assists to lead the Bison in both categories. It was the fourth time this season he played more than 40 minutes in a game. The contest featured 10 lead changes and 10 ties, as the Bison battled back to erase an 11-point deficit in the second half. Kansas City led 56-47 with just under nine minutes remaining when NDSU stormed back to go ahead 59-58. The game went to overtime tied at 68-68. The Bison went 10-for-10 at the free throw line in OT. NDSU improved to 11-13 overall and 4-5 in The Summit League. NDSU will host Omaha on Saturday at 1 p.m.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (NDSU) – The North Dakota State women’s basketball team grinded out a 70-59 win at Kansas City on Thursday night at Swinney Center. Heaven Hamling paced the Bison (13-9, 7-2 Summit) with a game-high 15 points to go along with four steals, four rebounds and two assists. Abbie Draper added in 11 points with four rebounds and two assists, while Abby Schulte registered 11 points with three rebounds and two assists. The Bison shot 43.8 percent (21-48) from the field with nine different players in the scoring column. NDSU also shot 76.7 percent (23-20) from the free throw line, including 15-of-19 from the line in the third quarter. Heaven Hamling paced the Bison at the free throw line connecting on all six attempts. After opening up a seven-point lead at the half, 36-29, NDSU began the third quarter putting together six straight points to stretch its lead into double figures after Elle Evans knocked down a pair of free throws to make the score 46-35 with 3:49 on the clock. The Bison, who never trailed in the game, then slowly pulled away in the fourth frame with the use of an 8-0 run capped off by a three throw from Schulte to increase the edge to 70-52 with 2:05 to play. NDSU closed out the remaining time to earn the 70-59 road win. NDSU will be back in action at Omaha on Saturday. Tip-off is set for 2:00 p.m.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (UND) – For the first time since the 1994-95 season, the North Dakota men’s basketball team has won seven straight games in conference play. Not only did tonight’s win over Omaha give the green and white its first seven game conference winning streak of the Division I era, but its first seven game winning streak as a DI team overall as the last seven game winning streak came in the 2007-08 season—the final season playing in Division II. For the first time since 2020, three Fighting Hawks scored 20+ points. Treysen Eaglestaff led the team with 28, followed by B.J. Omot with 26 and Tyree Ihenacho with 22. Amar Kuljuhovic grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the way on the glass, the fourth time in the last five games that he has posted 10+ rebounds. Ihenacho led with four assists while Eaglestaff led with three steals. Early in the first half the score was tied at 4-4, but Ihenacho made the next basket that started a 9-0 run for NoDak and the Fighting Hawks never looked back. Ihenacho scored ten of the first 16 points for UND and ten of the first 22 overall, and from there the hosts never let Omaha get back into the game and took a 20-point lead into intermission at 51-31. In the second half the lead for UND went up to as many as 30 as the game never reached single digits. Eaglestaff got a fitting curtain call as he hit a three pointer to close out his night before making way for the substitutes, who saw out the 21 point win. The Fighting Hawks will close out a three game homestand on Saturday afternoon, hosting Kansas City at 1 p.m.
OMAHA, Neb. (UND) – The North Dakota women’s basketball team earned its third road victory of the season Thursday night, 83-81 over Omaha at Baxter Arena. After Omaha opened up the second quarter with an 11-0 run, forcing a UND timeout, the Hawks roared back by outscoring the Mavericks 27-11 over the final eight minutes of the first half. North Dakota closed the half on a 19-3 run and received points from five different players during the stretch to carry a 49-38 lead into the locker room. Kiera Pemberton was a catalyst for the UND offense during the run, scoring eight of the 19 UND points. The Hawks were nearly perfect inside the arc, connecting on 12-of-13 two-point attempts in the frame, and went 3-for-3 from the charity stripe. All three of UND’s free throws were and-one conversions with two courtesy of Pemberton and one from Fatima Ibrahim. Five straight points from Mikayla Aumer to start the fourth quarter, started a 9-2 run as UND pulled ahead 67-66 after the first two minutes. The lead flipped hands twice in the ensuing possessions, and after an Omaha and-one, they would hold the lead until the two-minute mark when a Kiyah Hurst jumper gave NoDak an 81-80 edge. A pair of clutch free throws from Beal with 1:34 left in the game would prove to be the difference, as Omaha’s game tying shot was off the mark and UND held on to the win. Borowicz just missed her fourth double-double of the season with 18 points and nine rebounds. The senior guard also dished out five assists. Pemerton matched Borowicz’s point total with 18 points of her own on 8-of-13 shooting and eight boards. Aumer chipped in 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting. The Fighting Hawks received 21 points from their bench unit, led by Rakiyah Beal’s eight. North Dakota continues its road trip Saturday when they face Kansas City in the Swinney Center.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Anthony Edwards had 26 points and nine assists and the Minnesota Timberwolves shot 21 of 41 from 3-point range to trounce the slumping Milwaukee Bucks 129-105 on Thursday night. Karl-Anthony Towns scored 19 points, Mike Conley added 18, Naz Reid 17 and Rudy Gobert 16 as the Timberwolves spoiled the home debut of new Bucks coach Doc Rivers, whose No. 31 Marquette jersey hangs from the Fiserv Forum rafters. Rivers opened his Milwaukee coaching tenure with a five-game trip during which the Bucks went 1-4. The Bucks were operating at far less than full strength. Damian Lillard missed a second straight game and Khris Middleton also was out because of their sprained ankles, though Brook Lopez returned after missing three games as his wife gave birth to their child. Both teams had short benches after making deals before Thursday’s trade deadline. The Bucks sent Cam Payne and a second-round pick to the Philadelphia 76ers for Patrick Beverley, while Minnesota dealt Troy Brown, Shake Milton and a second-round pick to the Detroit Pistons for Monte Morris. Neither Beverley nor Morris was available for Thursday night’s game. The Timberwolves visit the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday.

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