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North Dakota rallies by Montana State in Big Sky's 1st round

RENO, Nev. (AP) Marlon Stewart scored a career-high 29 points with four 3-pointers, Geno Crandall added 18 points and defending Big Sky Tournament champion North Dakota rallied to beat Montana State 76-74 on Tuesday in the first round.

Montana State led for much of the game and by 19 points, 64-45, with 11:24 remaining in the second half. But UND scored the next 11 points, with seven by Stewart, and tied it at 68 after extending the run to 23-4. Stewart had 14 points during the spurt.

Dale Jones gave UND its first lead of the game, 71-70, with 2:13 to go and Crandall converted a 3-point play on a driving layup at 1:05 to tie it at 74.

After a UND timeout with 36.3 seconds left, Crandall dribbled down the clock and his blocked fade-away jumper was grabbed by Kienan Walter for a go-ahead putback. Crandall sealed it with a steal near midcourt.

Conner Avants had 10 points and nine rebounds and Walter also scored 10 for UND (12-19), which has advanced to the tournament semifinals the past six seasons. The Fighting Hawks will play top-seed Montana on Thursday.

Devonte Klines paced Montana State (13-19) with 16 points.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
Team Stats
Points 0 0
Field Goals 0-0 (0.0%) 0-0 (0.0%)
3-Pointers 0-0 (0.0%) 0-0 (0.0%)
Free Throws 0-0 (0.0%) 0-0 (0.0%)
Total Rebounds 0 0
Offensive 0 0
Defensive 0 0
Team 0 0
Assists 0 0
Steals 0 0
Blocks 0 0
Turnovers 0 0
Fouls 0 0
Technicals 0 0
12T
away team logo Montana State 13-19 403474
home team logo North Dakota 12-19 334376
Team Stats
away team logo Montana State 13-19 78.2 PPG 36.8 RPG 15.3 APG
home team logo North Dakota 12-19 74.0 PPG 36.1 RPG 13.3 APG
Key Players
3
T. Hall 20.5 PPG 4.7 RPG 2.8 APG 44.7 FG%
1
M. Stewart 14.3 PPG 3.0 RPG 3.8 APG 41.0 FG%
Top Scorers
PTS REB AST
PTS REB AST
0 FG% 0
0 3PT FG% 0
0 FT% 0
Starters
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Starters
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Bench
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Starters
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Starters
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Bench
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB