Fourth-seeded North Dakota State upsets No. 2 Omaha, 73-63

Dick Carlson/Inertia: North Dakota State’s Tyson Ward fights through the arms of Omaha’s Matt Pile (left) and Mitch Hahn (right)during the Bison’s 73-63 win in the men’s championship at the 2019 Summit League Basketball Tournament at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls on Tuesday night.

2019 Summit League Men’s Basketball Tournament

SIOUX FALLS – The Bison are back in the Big Dance.

North Dakota State beat Omaha 73-63 in the Summit League Men’s Basketball Championship final Tuesday night at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center for their fourth postseason title in 11 years of eligibility.

The Bison took advantage of the Mavericks’ foul trouble to build a 41-27 halftime advantage.

The teams exchanged runs after the break.

NDSU answered UNO’s 7-0 spurt with eight consecutive points as it led 51-39 with 11:39 remaining.

Omaha then scored 12 in a row.

Mitch Hahn sandwiched jumpers around a traditional three-point play, before Zach Jackson buried a 3-pointer and Matt Pile scored in the paint following an offensive rebound to knot the score at 51-51 with 8:37 left.

No worries for the Bison, who saw Vinnie Shahid open a 9-0 run with a trey with 8:17 to play.

Shahid then knocked down a jumper and scored down low, and Tyson Ward added a bucket to make it 60-51 with 3:15 left.

Later, Hahn’s 3 cut the deficit to 67-61 with 46 seconds left. His deep contested 3-point attempt with 32 seconds left narrowly missed, and that was it for the Mavericks’ NCAA Tournament hopes.

Shahid paced NDSU with 22 points on 7-of-12 shooting.

Ward had 15 points and seven boards.

Cameron Hunter hit all three of his 3-point attempts and was 3-of-3 at the line for 12 points.

For UNO, Hahn scored 16 points, Jackson 15, Pile 12 and KJ Robinson 11. Pile added 14 boards in 27 minutes of action to complete the double-double.

North-seeded NDSU improved to 18-15 with its fourth consecutive win.

Second-seeded UNO dropped to 21-11.

Notes: NDSU also won postseason titles in 2009, 2014 and 2015. They lost in the final in 2013 and 2016. The Bison are 1-3 in the NCAA Tournament, beating Oklahoma 80-75 in overtime in the 12/5 matchup in 2014. … UNO dropped to 0-2 in title games, also falling in 2017.

NORTH DAKOTA STATE 73, OMAHA 63

North Dakota State (18-15)

Vinnie Shahid 7-12 6-7 22, Sam Griesel 1-4 0-0 2, Jared Samuelson 2-6 0-0 6, Tyson Ward 6-9 2-3 15, Rocky Kreuser 4-10 0-0 9, Tyree Eady 1-1 2-2 5, Chris Quayle 0-0 0-0 0, Cameron Hunter 3-3 3-3 12, Deng Geu 1-7 0-0 2, Jordan Horn 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 25-53 13-15 73.

Omaha (22-10)

JT Gibson 1-5 0-0 3, KJ Robinson 4-9 2-3 11, Zach Jackson 5-13 2-4 15, Matt Pile 6-12 0-1 12, Mitch Hahn 6-14 3-3 16, Ayo Akinwole 2-4 0-0 6, Wanjang Tut 0-0 0-0 0, Hayden Miller 0-0 0-0 0, Brett Barney 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-57 7-11 63.

Halftime – NDSU 41-27. 3-point goals – NDSU 10-24 (Hunter 3-3, Shahid 2-5, Samuelson 2-6, Ward 1-1, Eady 1-1, Kreuser 1-5, Griesel 0-1, Geu 0-1, Horn 0-1); UNO 8-18 (Jackson 3-5, Akinwole 2-2, Gibson 1-2, Robinson 1-3, Hahn 1-6). Rebounds – NDSU 33 (Ward 7); UNO 33 (Pile 14). Assists – NDSU 10 (Shahid 3); UNO 6 (Robinson 3). Steals – NDSU 3 (Griesel 2); UNO 2 (Jackson, Akinwole). Blocks – NDSU 3 (Kreuser 2); UNO 5 (Tut 3). Turnovers – NDSU 5; UNO 7. Total fouls – NDSU 12; UNO 18. Fouled out – None. Technical fouls – None. A – 4,076.


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