GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Geno Crandall poured in 25 points on 10 of 16 shooting and dished eight assists as North Dakota defeated Weber State 89-79 on Saturday. The defending Big Sky champion has won two in a row after going winless for a month.
Weber State (10-7, 3-2) trailed by nine at the break, but started the second half shooting 10-for-13 and cutting North Dakota's lead to 55-53 by the 11:26 mark.
Marlon Stewart and Crandall each scored twice in an 11-5 burst that pushed the lead to 66-58 before North Dakota (6-11, 2-4) closed out the final four minutes on a 14-8 run. Before the last two Big Sky games, the Fighting Hawks had not won since Nov. 28.
"Sometimes you have to hit the bottom before you start making you way forward," UND head coach Brian Jones said. "Like in Thursday's win, it started with our urgency and effort on the defensive end."
Crandall scored 16 points after halftime. Kienan Walter added 16, Cortez Seales 15 and Stewart 14 points for the Fighting Hawks.
Jerrick Harding scored 22 points to lead the Wildcats, hitting his league-leading scoring average. Michal Kozak added 18 and Ryan Richardson 13.
"Overall, it wasn't for a lack of effort today," said WSU head coach Randy Rahe. "Our guys came competed really hard. We've got a couple of guys that aren't playing really well right now, and we're on a limited bench and we have limited depth. We've got to get more guys playing better. If we do, we're going to be a pretty good basketball team."
N. COLORADO 94, IDAHO ST. 80: Andre Spight scored seven of his career-high 30 points during a 20-0 first-half run as Northern Colorado won at home. Spight made 12 of 19 from the field and all five of his free-throw attempts. Anthony Johnson added 14 points and 10 rebounds and Jalen Sanders scored 10 points for Northern Colorado (12-7, 3-3). Brandon Boyd led Idaho State (8-8, 3-2 Big Sky) with 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Novak Topalovic added 16 points.
S. UTAH 81, N. ARIZONA 75: Brandon Better scored 19 points and Jadon Cohee 18 as Southern Utah picked up its first conference win of the season. Better made four 3-pointers and Southern Utah (7-9, 1-4) hit 9 of 20 from the arc while shooting 52 percent overall at home in snapping a five-game losing streak. Gino Littles scored 15 points and Torry Johnson and Isaiah Thomas 14 each for the Lumberjacks (3-15, 0-5).