Sports briefs 01/10/14

ORCS downs Kenmare in D12 opener

Micah Jacobsen and Davis Koppinger scored 12 points apiece Thursday to lead Our Redeemer’s Christian School past Kenmare 54-38 in the District 12 boys basketball opener for both teams.

The Knights (9-2 overall, 1-0 district) led at the end of each quarter and opened a 30-17 halftime advantage.

“We just did a good job at getting the ball inside when we made our runs,” ORCS coach Jeremy Feller said. “Our defense played very well and led us to easy offense.”

Jack Skjordal scored a team-high nine points for Kenmare.

ORCS travels to Max on Saturday.

– Daily News Staff

UND defeats Idaho State 66-62

GRAND FORKS (AP) – Jaron Nash scored 21 points and Troy Huff sparked a second-half run as North Dakota won back-to-back games for the first time this season with a 66-62 victory over Idaho State on Thursday night.

North Dakota (5-8, 2-1 Big Sky) began a 10-0 run midway through the second half to take a 55-43 lead with 8:14 left. Huff scored eight of his 12 points during that stretch.

Chris Hansen hit a 3-pointer to get the Bengals (5-7, 2-1) within 62-59 with 1:43 left. A free throw by Aaron Anderson and a basket by Huff put UND back up by five. Tomas Sanchez hit a 3-pointer for ISU with 15 seconds left to make it 64-62 before UND’s Cole Stefan made two free throws.

North Dakota had a 32-16 advantage in the paint and turned 23 Idaho State turnovers into 26 points.

Hansen had 24 points for ISU.

IPFW shoots past North Dakota State 82-71

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) – Luis Jacobo scored 20 points and IPFW was near perfect from the free throw line in beating North Dakota State 82-71 in a Summit League conference opener for both schools on Thursday night.

Steve Forbes added 14 for IPFW.

North Dakota State (11-5, 0-1 Summit) trailed Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne (13-5, 1-0) by as many as 15 points in the first half but narrowed the deficit to 38-31 at the break.

The Bison edged back to 62-59 with just over five minutes to play following a three point play by Lawrence Alexander. But that was as close as the Bison would get.

IPFW made 12 of 12 free throws in the final three minutes to pull off the 11 point victory margin. The Mastodons were 20 of 21 from the penalty line for the night and shot 52 percent from the field.

Marshall Bjorklund led Bison scorers with 19 points.