UND lead 9-8 early in the first half. The Fighting Hawks held SDSU to just two baskets off 15 attempts to extend their lead to 5 roughly halfway through the half.
But the Jackrabbits started to heat up. SDSU tallied 18 straight points and continued to pour it on, closing out the first half up 41-25.
The Hawks were able to cut SDSU’s lead down to as few as six in the second half, but the Jacks pulled away to claim their fifth straight win with an 87-66 victory.
North Dakota has now lost 18 consecutive games at Frost Arena, and seven straight games against SDSU.
“You’ve got to sustain your defensive efforts,” said UND coach Paul Sather. “You’ve got to sustain your sense of purpose on offense and take care of it. We had some breakdowns offensively, I thought, which created opportunities for them. We have to be better defensively for 40 minutes.”
UND finished the game with 24 fouls. Filip Rebraca, Kienen Walter, Billy Brown and Gertautas Urbonavicious all hit the four-foul mark.
“Fouls really got us tonight,” Sather said. “We just didn’t do a