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UNO struggles to shoot, falls to North Dakota State

UNO struggles to shoot, falls to North Dakota State

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After shooting 55% in a win two days ago, UNO cooled off Saturday in dropping a 71-67 decision to North Dakota State at Baxter Arena.

UNO, which beat North Dakota 98-82 Thursday, shot 37.1% Saturday, including 2 of 20 from 3-point range.

Still, the Mavericks (3-13, 2-3 Summit) put themselves in position to knock off the Bison (10-5, 2-1).

UNO led 29-21 with five minutes left in the first half after an 18-6 run. And when Kyle Luedtke converted a three-point play with 12:13 left, the Mavs were up 45-39.

But the Bison responded with a 12-2 run, hitting three treys. NDSU also hit back-to-back 3s to stretch its lead to 61-53 with four minutes left.

UNO pulled within two twice in the final minute, but the Bison went 7 of 8 from the foul line in the final 20 seconds to hold on.

Rocky Kreuser finished with a season-high 25 points and eight rebounds to lead NDSU. Maleeck Harden-Hayes recorded his first double-double with 10 points and 10 boards.

​Nick Ferrarini led a balanced UNO attack with 12 points while Frankie Fidler added 10. Eight Mavs scored at least six as UNO got 34 points from its bench.

The Mavs return to action Monday at UMKC.​


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