Bismarck, N.D. – The Northern State University men’s basketball team clinched their second NSIC Conference Championship in a row with a 69-64 victory over the University of Mary on Friday evening. With the win, Northern won the outright overall and North Division Championships, improving to 21-6 overall and 17-4 in the NSIC. The conference championship is the 37th in Northern State program history.
The Wolves out-shot and out-rebounded the University of Mary in the win, shooting 45.5 percent from the floor with 39 rebounds. Northern tallied 27 points off the bench, 24 points in the paint, 15 points off turnovers, and 14 second chance points. They combined for seven made 3-pointers, 14 assists, nine blocks and one steal.
Gabe King led the team with 19 points, shooting 63.6 percent from the floor. The junior added four rebounds and one assist, knocking down four from beyond the arc. Mason Stark was second on the team and led the Wolves off the bench with 13 points. The freshman shot 62.5, and tallied two assists, one rebound, and one block.
Parker Fox and Ian Smith were the final Wolves in double figures, notching 12 points apiece. Smith tallied a double-double with a team leading 11 rebounds. He shot 45.4 percent from the floor, adding four assists. Fox hit 5-of-10 from the field, and tallied two rebounds and a team high five blocks.
Justin Decker and Andrew Kallman rounded out the starting five with eight and three points respectively. Decker tallied two rebounds and two blocks, while Kallman recorded one rebound, one steal, and a team leading five assists. Jordan Belka grabbed the final two ream points, adding four rebounds.
The Wolves cap off the regular season tomorrow on the road at Minot State University. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. from Minot.