Ward and Geu mirror effort to boost N. Dakota St past UCSB
Vinnie Shahid's 3-pointer with 9:26 before halftime put the Bison up 15-13 and North Dakota (1-1) never trailed again. North Dakota led 36-28 at intermission, and after the break, Rocky Kreuser hit a 3 and threw down a dunk and the lead stretched to 13. The teams traded free throws, and the Gauchos trimmed the deficit to five points, but Jared Samuelson and Shahid hit 3s, Ward made a pair of free throws and the Bison led by 13.
Devearl Ramsey led UC Santa Barbara (1-1) with 13 points, Armond Davis scored 12 and JaQuori McLaughlin and Sekou Toure each scored 10.