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Bison Men Suffer Third League Loss at Oakland, 66-63

Courtesy: NDSU Athletic Media Relations
Release: February 07, 2013
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ROCHESTER, Mich. - Duke Mondy's steal and go-ahead jumper with 20.2 seconds to play lifted Oakland to a 66-63 win over North Dakota State in Summit League men's basketball Thursday, Feb. 7, before a crowd of 2,117 at the O'rena.

Mondy swiped the ball away from behind TrayVonn Wright left of the lane and raced downcourt to give Oakland a 64-63 lead.  The Bison missed a Mike Felt 3-pointer with 9 seconds left and Mondy made both ends of a 1-and-1 bonus with 6.4 seconds left.

Oakland (12-13, 7-4) fouled Lawrence Alexander near midcourt with 1.9 seconds left to avoid a game-tying 3-pointer.  Alexander missed his first free throw, and his intentional miss on the second attempt gave the ball to Oakland.

Alexander had 15 of his team-high 21 points in the second half for NDSU (18-6, 9-3).  Wright finished his third double-double of the season with 12 points and 13 rebounds, and Marshall Bjorklund had 12 points and nine rebounds.

Travis Bader made five 3-pointers and scored 23 points for Oakland, and Mondy added 16 points, five rebounds and four steals in 34 minutes off the bench.  Ryan Bass scored 11 points and Drew Valentine chipped in 10 points, six rebounds and five assists.

NDSU trailed 35-26 at halftime and erased a 10-point deficit early in the second half.  Alexander's layup and Felt's 3-pointer after a foul away from the basket gave the Bison a rare five-point possession on an 8-0 run that put NDSU up 45-44 with 13:32 to go.

Bader and Mondy, who combined for 21 of Oakland's last 22 points, did all the scoring on a 10-3 run that put Oakland back ahead.  NDSU led briefly 55-54 and went ahead 61-59 on Bjorklund's layup with 4:21 left.

Wright's two free throws at the 2:10 mark gave the Bison a 63-59 lead but Oakland scored the final seven points of the game.

North Dakota State plays Fort Wayne at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Hilliard Gates Sports Center in Fort Wayne, Ind.  IPFW is 10-15 overall and 3-8 in the league after an 80-74 loss to South Dakota State Thursday.

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