N. Dakota St. 78, Fresno St. 65
Marshall Bjorklund scored a career-high 27 points and tied his
career best with 14 rebounds, and North Dakota State never trailed
in a 78-65 win Saturday over Fresno State.
Bjorklund, a sophomore, was 12 of 15 from the field for the
Bison (6-0), off to their best start to a season since going 7-0 in
2000-01. It was Bjorklund’s third career double-double. Jordan
Aaberg added 11 points off the bench.
Kevin Olekaibe led the Bulldogs (2-4) with 24 points, but was
just 9 of 24 from the field. Jonathan Wills scored 10 points and
grabbed 10 rebounds.
North Dakota State started fast, as Bjorklund scored 12 points
to help the Bison take a 20-6 lead in the first 10 minutes. Fresno
State didn’t get within single digits the rest of the night.
The win was the Bison’s first against Fresno State, which had
won the only three previous meetings.