January 01, 2015

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) Quinton Hooker scored 16 points to lead North Dakota past Montana State 67-60 in the Big Sky opener for both teams on Thursday.

Carson Shanks added 12 points and Lenny Antwi scored 10 for North Dakota (5-7).

Eric Norman made a layup with 4 minutes left, pulling Montana State within three, 54-51, but Shanks made two free throws and, after a Montana State turnover, Dustin Hobaugh hit a 3-pointer to push the North Dakota lead to eight with 2:16 remaining.

A four-point play by Danny Robison pulled Montana State (3-10) to 61-56 with 1:39 to go. After getting a stop on the other end, the Bobcats called timeout before turning it over on a five-second violation.

A layup by Shanks with 43 seconds left gave North Dakota a 63-56 lead and Estan Tyler and Hooker each hit two free throws down the stretch to seal it.

Michael Dison led Montana State with 22 points.

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