Cortes Seales scored 14 points to lead the University of North Dakota men’s basketball team to 81-58 win over Big Sky Conference foe Idaho State University on Thursday night in Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. The Fighting Hawks (5-11, 1-3 BSC) also received 13 points from Conner Avants and Marlon Stewart and 11 points from Dale Jones. Geno Crandall and Billy Brown chipped in nine points each. The Bengals (8-6, 3-1 BSC) were led by Novak Topologic, who scored 12 points. The Fighting Hawks return to action Saturday when they host Weber State University. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)
The University of North Dakota fell to 2-5 and 1-3 in the Big Sky Conference after the University of Montana (5-2, 3-1 BSC) scored a 41-17 victory over the Fighting Hawks Saturday at Washington-Grizzly Stadium in Missoula. Montana redshirt freshman Gresch Jensen overcame a shaky start to finish the game with 423 yards passing and four touchdowns. The Fighting Hawks were playing without their starting quarterback, Keaton Studsrud. His backups, Brad Heidlebaugh and Andrew Zimmerman, were a combined 12-29 for 188 yards and one touchdown. UND running back James Johannesson led the Fighting Hawks rushing game with 93 yards on seven carries and one touchdown. UND’s only other touchdown came on a 62-yard pass from Zimmerman to Stetson Carr. UND returns Saturday to take on Sacramento State at the Alerus Center. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)
It was the Quenton Hooker show Thursday night in Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. The junior guard scored a career-high 38 point and surpassed the 1,000-point mark in his UND career as the Fighting Hawks defeated Portland State University 80-77 in a Big Sky Conference men’s basketball contest. Hooker broke UND’s Division I single-game scoring record as the Fighting Hawks, 14-12 overall and 9-6 in the BSC, won their fourth-straight home game to stay in the hunt for a first-round bye at the Big Sky Conference Tournament. Freshman Geno Crandall chipped in 13 points and five assists and sophomore Drick Berstine and freshman Conner Avant each added 10 points. Cameron Forte was the Vikings’ leading scorer with 24 points. He added 13 rebounds. PSU, 9-17 overall and 5-10 in the BSC, also got 18 points off the bench from forward De’Sean Parsons. UND closes out its home schedule at 2:05 p.m. Saturday against Sacramento State. Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.