Bjorklund, Bison Roll in Second Half Past Western Michigan, 86-73
Release: February 18, 2012
FARGO, N.D. - Marshall Bjorklund had 21 points, six rebounds and three steals to lead North Dakota State to an 86-73 victory over Western Michigan in a Sears BracketBusters game Saturday, Feb. 18, before a crowd of 3,083 at the Bison Sports Arena.
NDSU trailed 34-28 at halftime but started the second half on a 7-0 run and never trailed the rest of the way. The Bison shot 68 percent from the floor after halftime.
Western Michigan (11-16) was within 61-57 with 5:50 left, but NDSU went on a 10-0 run sparked by a Braun tip-in and 3-pointer, and the Bison made 16 of their last 18 free throws.
Mike Douglas led Western Michigan with 21 points and six assists and Matt Stainbrook, a 6-foot-9, 300-pound center, finished with 15 points, 10 rebounds and four assists.
North Dakota State is scheduled to host IUPUI at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, and Western Illinois at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, in the final two regular season games of the year.