Braun, North Dakota State hammer Oakland 96-69

FARGO, N.D. (AP)—Taylor Braun scored 21 points and North Dakota State shot a season-best 64.4 percent in a 96-69 rout of Oakland on Wednesday night.

Lawrence Alexander had 11 points and 10 assists for the Bison (9-3, 2-1 Summit League), who fired out with an early 17-0 spurt. Mike Felt added 16, TrayVonn Wright 15 and Dylan Hale 12.

North Dakota State made 38 of 59 shots and 12 of 20 from 3-point distance.

Reggie Hamilton scored 24 points for the Golden Grizzlies (8-7, 2-1), on a three-game losing streak for the first time since 2008. Travis Bader added 12 for the Grizzlies, who shot 37.5 percent (21 of 56).

With Oakland up 5-2, the Bison ran off 17 in a row to make it 19-5 with 13:56 left in the first half. They extended the gap to 50-30 at intermission.

The loss was Oakland’s fourth worst ever in the Summit League.

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Updated Wednesday, Dec 28, 2011