We're underway at The Betty. First time Sioux men have been at their true home in 45 days.
UND women beat Chicago State 76-59 in the first game. Sioux remain in first place in the Great West Conference. Kayla Bagaason led UND with 22 points, followed by Mallory Youngblut (19) and Jossy Bergan (15)
Decent crowd for an afternoon game and the fact that UND has been basically out of sight and out of mind for a lot of Sioux basketball fans.
15:21 remaining first half, UND 11, CSU 10
Sioux shooting well at the start; Nick Haugen has two 3-pointers, Patrick Mitchell one. Chicago State will use its athleticism and press after field goals. Sioux 4-for-9, CSU 2-6
11:52 remaining first half, UND 20, CSU 15
UND is 6-for-10 on 3-pointers. Overall, UND shooting 50 percent, CSU 36 percent
7:39 remaining first half, UND 26, CSU 21
Sioux have eight 3-pointers. Their season best is 10. UND has nine assists on nine baskets. Mitchell has nine points for UND
3:32 remaining first half, UND 34, CSU 25
Sioux still shooting well, now at 50 percent, including nine 3-poitners. UND outrebounding CSU 14-10. CSU still staying in its zone.
Halftime: UND 39, CSU 31
17:32 remaining, UND 41, CSU 35
Cougars come out more aggressive to start the half. CSU looks to be going inside more this half, focusing on 6-7 junior Carl Montgomery, who has 10 points.
15:17 remaining, UND 45, CSU 38
Sioux recover after a slugging opening two minutes. CSU called for goaltening on Dustin Monsebroten's layup. The call is disputed by CsU coach Benjy Taylor for much of the media timeout.
11:04 remaining, UND 57, CSU 45
Jordan Allard's steal and one-hand slam gives UND a 54-43 lead and gets the crowd into the game. Mitchell follows with a 3-pointer for a 57-45 lead. UND now has a season-high 11 three-pointers.
7:24 remaining, UND 62, CSU 47
Sioux turn in a solid four minutes. UND shooting 49 percent and has outrebounded CSU 28-20. Mitchell has 17 to lead Sioux, who have season-high 12 three-pointers. School record is 16. As final minutes wind down, Sioux will be more patient.
3:29 remaining, UND 68, CSU 54
Sioux doing what they have to in order to maintain a comfortable cushion. CSU can't make a run at UND, which is making timely baskets, something that's avoided the Sioux much of the season. Mitchell has 17 for UND, Travis Bledsoe 15 and Mertens 10.
Final: UND 74, CSU 60
Sioux turn in perhaps best overall game of the season. UND finishes with 14 three-pointers, two short of the single-game school record. Mitchell leads the way with 17, followed by Bledsoe, 16, and Mertens, 10. UND shoots 47 percent and outrebounds CSU 34-23. Christian Wall leads Chicago State with 17. UND improves to 3-3 in Great West Conference and 6-17 overall. CSU is now 2-7 in Great West and 7-20 overall. CSU has now lost 16 straight road games this season.