N. Dakota St. 73, San Francisco 65

Taylor Braun scored a career-high 26 points with 10 rebounds and

Lawrence Alexander added 13 points, eight assists and nine boards

in his first collegiate game as North Dakota State beat San

Francisco 73-65 on Friday night in the opener of the Hilltop

Challenge.

Perris Blackwell tallied a career-high 23 points and eight

rebounds for the Dons, who overcame an 11-point halftime deficit

only to see the Bison pull away by scoring 11 consecutive points in

the closing minutes of the season opener for both teams.

Braun, a sophomore guard, went 8-for-14 from the field to

highlight the Bison’s 49.1 percent shooting on the night.

Alexander, a true freshman, fell just short of a triple-double

while playing a team-high 37 minutes.