Gretna grad Jared Samuelson hits big shot for North Dakota State

The North Dakota State team celebrates after defeating UNO. 

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Gretna native Jared Samuelson walked on at North Dakota State three years ago. On Tuesday night, his corner 3-pointer with the Bison leading 64-58 and 1:05 remaining in the Summit League championship game buried UNO’s hopes of reaching the summit of college basketball.

“It felt good,” Samuelson said of the shot. “I had been struggling tonight, and Tyson (Ward) made a good pass and the shot went in.”

Samuelson is now on scholarship and a team captain. He’s started 31 of 32 games this season and is averaging a career-high 7.3 points per game.

“In our video room it says tough and together. It might as well say Jared Samuelson,” North Dakota State coach Dave Richman said. “He epitomizes what I want our program to be about from a culture standpoint and a program standpoint.”

Samuelson has hit big shots before and comes from a winning culture. In high school he averaged 15.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game his senior season, leading Gretna to a 27-1 record and a Nebraska Class B state championship.

“It’s a good feeling,” Samuelson said of playing in the NCAA tournament.

“I think it is really gratifying,” Richman said of Samuelson’s 3-pointer. “We are big believers in our program, you don’t deserve anything, you earn it. Jared earned and deserved that shot to go in.”

Cascio Jensen helps Jacks top Arens, Coyotes in final

South Dakota State won 83-71 over South Dakota in the women’s championship game. Fremont, Nebraska, native Rylie Cascio Jensen played 21 minutes, scoring six points with two assists for the Jackrabbits.

Crofton, Nebraska, native Allison Arens led South Dakota with a team-high 26 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Her sister Monica — a sophomore — had nine points for the Coyotes.

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