Bittle was fouled on the shot, and made the ensuing free throw to give the Jackrabbits a 3-point lead. Anders Broman immediately fouled North Dakota's Estan Tyler, who made one of two free throws. South Dakota State grabbed the rebound with 4 seconds left and ran out the clock.
North Dakota led 64-54 with 4:57 to play. The Jackrabbits answered with an 11-1 run, capped by Bittle's 3-pointer, to tie it at 65 with 2:48 remaining.