There isn't a silver lining in UND's 107-96 four-overtime loss against Utah Valley on Thursday night at the Betty.
Yes, UND is a transitioning Division I program that plays a lot ofÂ freshmen.
But the Sioux should haveÂ been able toÂ close out the game against Utah Valley. The Sioux led by 11Â with 6 1/2 minutes left inÂ regulation. To that point, UND's defense was tough asÂ it's been all season. With 6 1/2 to go,Â Utah Valley had scored 39 points. In UV's four previous games against D-1 teams, the Wolverines had averaged around 85 points.
UV just kept grinding away. Kept playing.
The Sioux keptÂ playing, but missed free throws - 22 in all. And the most stinging partÂ was UND's inability to hold a 7-point lead in the final 37 seconds of the third overtime.
Â As disappointing as the loss is, the Sioux program is taking steps forward. But a win against Utah Valley would have been one of the program's more notable wins since making the D-1 move.
But it was back to work Friday at the Betty. The players were in the weight room at 10:30 andÂ two coaches hit the road for a recruiting trip to Canada.