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Bison Take Non-Conference Road Trip to Illinois State, Southern Illinois

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Complete NDSU Game Notes

The Games: The North Dakota State men’s basketball team (7-4) will play its final two games before the holiday break, traveling to take on Illinois State on Sunday, Dec. 17, and Southern Illinois on Tuesday, Dec. 19.


            Sunday, Dec. 17        at Illinois State             3 p.m. CT

            Tuesday, Dec. 19       at Southern Illinois       7 p.m. CT


Where to Watch: Both games will be broadcast on ESPN+.


Radio: Sam Brief will call the Illinois State game on 107.9 The Fox. Sam Neidermann will rejoin the team to broadcast the Southern Illinois game Tuesday on 107.9 The Fox and Bison 1660. Broadcasts can also be streamed on the NDSU Athletics app, as well as at for free.


Against Illinois State: The Bison and Redbirds have never met in men’s basketball.


Against Southern Illinois: Tuesday’s game will be the fifth meeting all-time between the Bison and the Salukis, with Southern Illinois holding a 3-1 lead in the series. The most recent meeting was an 82-50 SIU victory in the 1964-65 season.


Long Distance Barrage: The Bison have made 39 three-pointers over their last three games, connecting on 42.9 percent from beyond the arc. NDSU shot a season-best 50 percent from downtown (12-of-24) in the win over San Jose State on Dec. 4.


Burke Keys Victory over Portland: Trailing Portland 45-44 with 14 minutes remaining on Dec. 7, NDSU got a bucket and three-pointer from Jeremiah Burke on back-to-back possessions to jump back into the lead. When the Pilots tied the game at 49-49, Burke drilled another three to give NDSU the lead for good.


Feddersen’s Breakthrough: Redshirt freshman Noah Feddersen scored a career-high 17 points to lead six Bison in double figures, as NDSU won an 83-78 overtime thriller over San Jose State on Dec. 4.


Second Double-Double: Bison sophomore Tajavis Miller posted a double-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds and a team-high five assists in the win over San Jose State on Dec. 4.


1700 Wins: NDSU earned its 1700th win in program history with the 78-67 victory over Portland on Dec. 7.


Hands Off: The Bison rank 14th in the nation for fewest fouls committed per game, averaging just 13.6 fouls through 11 games.


Instant Impact: Junior forward Jeremiah Burke is shooting 70 percent this season, averaging 6.8 points and 4.4 rebounds in 17 minutes per game.


25 Twice: Senior Boden Skunberg scored 25 points for the second time this season on Nov. 25 at Grand Canyon.


Buckets: Three different Bison — Lance Waddles, Boden Skunberg, and Damari Wheeler-Thomas — have scored 22 or more points in a game already this season.


Road Win at Montana: Sophomore Damari Wheeler-Thomas scored a career-high 22 points to lift the Bison to an impressive 78-69 victory at Montana on Nov. 16. Boden Skunberg finished with 16 points, six rebounds and four assists. NDSU led by as many as 17 points in the second half over the Griz, who were voted second in the Big Sky Conference preseason poll.




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