Ward's last-second basket lifts Bison men over Coyotes

Like the one Wednesday night, Jan. 15, at Scheels Center at Sanford Health Athletic Complex.

Bison guard Tyson Ward scored on a driving layup with 1.4 seconds remaining to give North Dakota State a 72-70 win over the University of South Dakota, finishing off a back-and-forth affair that had all kinds of drama to it.

Like Ward, who normally wears No. 24, but ended the game with No. 30 after “accidentally tearing my jersey.”

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“I didn’t know I was that strong,” he said.

He was strong to the basket when it counted, however. Bison guard Vinnie Shahid inbounded the ball to Ward near the Bison bench. Both USD defenders in the area started to converge on Shahid, expecting NDSU’s leading scorer to get the ball back, which unexpectedly left Ward without anybody guarding him.

With an open path, he bolted toward the rim, slicing by another USD player in the process, and scored easily.

“We drew up a play for a handoff … they might have doubled it and we read it,” Ward said.

The Coyotes appeared to double Shahid because they expected him to get the

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