The Dragon men’s basketball team started the season strong, winning 90-84 in an exhibition game against NDSU on Nov. 1.
The Dragons came out strong in the first few minutes of the game with senior DJ Hamilton scoring the first basket to keep a five-point lead on the Bison by the first timeout.
The Bison, being a NCAA D-I team and beating the Dragons in their previous match up, looked to have the upper hand going in. The Dragons’ nine turnovers gave the Bison an advantage to score and catch up by end of the first half. The Dragon defense proved resilient as they kept a lead on the Bison going into halftime with nine rebounds and a free throw percentage of 89.
The second half brought turmoil for the Bison as they had 10 turnovers, which the Dragons failed to use as an advantage. With minutes remaining and the Dragons down by two, a foul brought the Bison to the free-throw line. They made one, giving the Bison a three-point lead over the Dragons. In the final minute of regulation, all looked lost for the Dragons until junior Jake Lindfors hit a 3-pointer to bring the game into overtime.
The Dragons held on with good defense and thorough play as junior Scott Kenny sank a three-pointer with seconds remaining to send the game into double overtime.
The young Dragon team proved themselves in double overtime as Kenny sank two 3-pointers, giving the Dragons a lead as the Bison struggled to hold on.
Hamilton scored the last points of the game with a 3-pointer and a lay-up. With seconds remaining, the Bison were unable to come back, falling short to the Dragons 90-84.
Hamilton led the Dragon offense with 34 points and seven assists, while Lindfors contributed 21 points and 12 rebounds.
The Dragons will play their first regular season home game against Valley City (N.D.) State University on Tuesday.
For more information on the stats or to buy tickets for the next game, contact the athletic department at 477.2622.
BY JANAE BOSWELL