Crown ‘Em: NSU Wolves Are NSIC Champs

Bismarck, N.D. ( – The Northern State University men’s basketball team clinched their second NSIC Conference Championship in a row with a 69-64 victory over the University of Mary on Friday evening. With the win, Northern won the outright overall and North Division Championships, improving to 21-6 overall and 17-4 in the NSIC. The conference championship is the 37th in Northern State program history.

The Wolves out-shot and out-rebounded the University of Mary in the win, shooting 45.5 percent from the floor with 39 rebounds. Northern tallied 27 points off the bench, 24 points in the paint, 15 points off turnovers, and 14 second chance points. They combined for seven made 3-pointers, 14 assists, nine blocks and one steal.

Gabe King led the team with 19 points, shooting 63.6 percent from the floor. The junior added four rebounds and one assist, knocking down four from beyond the arc. Mason Stark was second on the team and led the Wolves off the bench with 13 points. The freshman shot 62.5, and tallied two assists, one rebound, and one block.

Parker Fox and Ian Smith were the final Wolves in double figures, notching 12 points apiece. Smith tallied a double-double with a team leading 11 rebounds. He shot 45.4 percent from the floor, adding four assists. Fox hit 5-of-10 from the field, and tallied two rebounds and a team high five blocks.

Justin Decker and Andrew Kallman rounded out the starting five with eight and three points respectively. Decker tallied two rebounds and two blocks, while Kallman recorded one rebound, one steal, and a team leading five assists. Jordan Belka grabbed the final two ream points, adding four rebounds.

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Minot, N.D. ( – The Northern State University men’s basketball team ended the regular season on a high note, with a 17-point victory over Minot State. The Wolves enter the post-season with a 22-6 record overall, after winning the NSIC Overall and North Division titles for the second straight season.

Northern cruised to their second double figure victory of the season over the Beavers after a big opening half. The Wolves out-scored Minot State 37-20 in the first 20 minutes of action, and held their largest lead of the game, 27 points, with 14:28 left in the second. NSU shot 48.3 percent from the floor, 31.3 percent from the 3-point line, and 95.0 percent from the foul line, out-shooting the Beavers.

The Wolves recorded 40 points in the paint, 21 points off the bench, ten points off turnovers, and five points off five offensive boards. They combined for five made 3-pointers, 33 rebounds, 14 assists, four steals, and one block, with four players in double figures.

Andrew Kallman led the team with 16 points, knocking down 5-of-6 from the floor and 5-of-5 from the free throw line. The sophomore added three rebounds and two assists to the team cause. Ian Smith and Gabe King followed with 12 points apiece. Smith recorded a team high six assists, and added six rebounds and two steals. King shot 44.4 percent from the floor and tallied three rebounds.

Bo Fries was the final Wolf in double figures, notching 11 points as well as a team leading eight rebounds. The senior shot 66.7 percent from the floor and 60.0 percent from the 3-point line. He also added four assists and two steals. Justin Decker was third on the team with five defensive boards and added eight points.

Jordan Belka led the Wolves off the bench with eight points, hitting 4-of-7 from the floor. Cole Dahladded five team points, while Mason Stark and Parker Fox each recorded four. Fox and Stark combined four five team rebounds, and Fox notched the lone block for NSU.

The Wolves men will host Concordia-St. Paul on Wednesday, February 27 in the opening round of the NSIC Tournament. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. from Wachs Arena. Click here for full fan and tournament information.

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