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VERMILLION, SD – On a night when top players Taylor Braun and Marshall Bjorklund struggled to score, it was fellow senior TrayVonn Wright who totaled a game-high 20 points and pulled down eight rebounds to lead North Dakota State to a 66-63 win against South Dakota Thursday night inside the DakotaDome.  USD senior center Trevor Gruis scored a team-high 16 points, but missed two free throws with nine seconds left and his team trailing 64-63. Gruis was 8 of 8 from the stripe at that point, but all of those came in the first half.  NDSU’s Braun, the Summit League’s Preseason Player of the Year, missed 12 of his first 13 shots before hitting a game-tying jumper in the lane with a minute to go to score 11 points for the Bison.

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Meanwhile in Fargo, Junior Raeshel Contreras scored a career-high 28 points and Tia Hemiller was one rebound shy of a double-double as the South Dakota women’s basketball team topped North Dakota State 83-70 to move back above .500 this season on Thursday night at the Bison Sports Arena.  Contreras was 9-for-16 shooting and 6-for-9 from beyond the 3-point arc. Hemiller added 15 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Nicole Seekamp, who missed the last three games because of an ankle injury, scored 13 points off the bench and Polly Harrington added 11 points.  Overall, the Coyotes (11-10, 2-4) shot 48 percent from the floor and 52 percent (10-of-19) from 3-point range.   NDSU’s (5-16, 1-5) Holly Johnson, Marena Whittle and Brooke LeMar all scored 13 points while Miki Stephenson added 11 points. LeMar recorded a double-double by tallying 10 assists.


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