Rain of 3s powers N. Dakota St. past W. Illinois 89-57 (Jan 21, 2017)

BY AP • January 21, 2017

MACOMB, Ill. (AP) A.J. Jacobson tied his career-best with six 3-pointers and North Dakota State connected on 13 of 16 long-range shots in an 89-57 defeat of Western Illinois on Saturday.

North Dakota State's 81-percent 3-point shooting is a school record. The Bison (14-6, 6-1 Summit League) made four of their first six shots for a 10-0 lead and sped away from there, taking a 48-22 lead at halftime with 7-for-9 3-point shooting.

Paul Miller made all four of his 3-point shots, finishing with 19 points, Carlin Dupree added 12 points with six assists while Dylan Miller and Tyson Ward scored 11 apiece. The Bison were 56 percent from the floor overall (32-57).

Garret Covington led Western Illinois (6-12, 3-4) with 17 points and seven assists. Mike Miklusak scored 15 points and the Leathernecks, who made only eight baskets before halftime, finished 22-for-58.

Covington was 2 of 8 from 3, ending a two-game drought. He had made a 3 in 35 straight games.

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