FARGO, N.D. — North Dakota State jumped to an early lead and cruised to a 91-69 victory Thursday night over UNO.
The Bison, who lead the country in field-goal percentage, shot 54.2 percent while improving to 13-5 overall and 2-1 in the Summit League.
Six players scored in double figures for NDSU. Preseason Summit player of the year Taylor Braun scored 20 points, while Lawrence Alexander had 14, Mike Felt added 13 and Marshall Bjorklund 11.
North Dakota State, the league favorite and the 10th-ranked team in the mid-major poll, took early leads of 10-2 and 20-7 and blew out the Mavs for the fourth straight time since UNO began its transition to Division I.
A 3-pointer by CJ Carter got UNO within 28-22, but the Bison responded with nine straight points to push the lead to 37-22. Carter’s layup got UNO back within eight at 37-29, and North Dakota State led 41-31 at halftime.
NDSU opened the second half with an 8-1 run to lead 49-32 and led by at least 13 the rest of the way. The largest Bison lead was 25 points with 39 seconds left.
Justin Simmons scored 13 of his season-high 21 points in the second half to lead UNO, which has lost three straight games to drop to 10-7 overall and 0-2 in the Summit.
Carter added 16 points and Devin Patterson scored 11.
The Mavs never led while shooting 40 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from 3-point range.
UNO was outrebounded 38-30 while being outscored in the paint 42-24. The Mavs also turned the ball over 15 times.
Mike Rostampour, John Karhoff and Alex Phillips each fouled out for the Mavericks, who matched the Bison with 18 personal fouls.
UNO plays Saturday at defending league champion South Dakota State.