N. Dakota State dispatches Western Michigan 86-73

The Associated PressFebruary 19, 2012

FARGO, N.D. (AP) Marshall Bjorklund scored 21 points and North Dakota State used a powerful second half showing to dismantle Western Michigan 86-73 on Saturday night.

North Dakota State (17-10) trailed by as many as 11 in the first half and faced a 34-28 halftime disadvantage before erupting in the second half by outscoring Western Michigan (11-16) 58-39 en route to shooting 68 percent the floor, including 57.1 percent on 3-pointers.

Dylan Hale's jumper with 16:29 remaining was the beginning of a 10-3 run that staked the Bisons to a 39-37 lead, which widened to 49-40 less than four minutes later. North Dakota State, which never trailed again, opened a 10-0 run that lasted 1:38 after Western Michigan closed to within 61-57 with 5:50 remaining.

Lawrence Alexander and Taylor Braun scored 16 points apiece for the Bisons.

Mike Dougles led the Broncos with 21 points.

The game was part of the BracketBusters event.