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NDSU's Taylor Braun scored his 1,000th career point in the first half Saturday.
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Bison Ride Strong First Half to Win at Omaha, Clinch No. 3 Seed

Courtesy: NDSU Athletic Media Relations
Release: March 02, 2013
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RALSTON, Neb. - Taylor Braun scored 13 of his game-high 22 points in the first half and North Dakota State cruised to an 84-57 win over Omaha in Summit League men's basketball Saturday, March 2, at Ralston Arena.

North Dakota State (22-8, 12-4) clinched the No. 3 seed for the Summit League tournament and will play either South Dakota or Kansas City in the 8:30 p.m. quarterfinal game Sunday, March 10, at Sioux Falls Arena.

Braun became the 28th player in NDSU history to reach 1,000 career points with a driving layup at the 5:17 mark of the first half.  That was part of a 15-2 run capped by a Chris Kading block and dunk that made it 40-17.

The Bison shot 63 percent in the first half and outrebounded Omaha 20-6 on their way to a 46-26 halftime lead.  NDSU finished shooting 57 percent overall and had a 42-25 advantage on the glass.

The Mavericks scored six straight points to close within 56-39 at the 13:49 mark of the second half, but the Bison answered with 11 straight capped by an alley-oop TrayVonn Wright dunk to put the game out of reach.

Marshall Bjorklund scored 18 points, his most since scoring 15 in the home win over Oakland when Braun was injured and missed 10 games, and Wright finished with 15 points.  Jordan Aaberg snared a game-high eight rebounds off the bench.

North Dakota State can still grab a share of second place in the Summit League standings if South Dakota wins at Western Illinois Saturday night.  WIU has clinched the No. 2 seed with its 2-0 record against NDSU.

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