FARGO, N.D. (AP) Paul Miller scored 17 points with four 3-pointers and he and Dexter Werner slammed the door on a late rally as North Dakota State defeated South Dakota State 68-57, upending the preseason Summit League favorites.
Two-time defending Summit champion NDSU (13-6, 3-2) saw its double-digit lead shrink to 64-57 after South Dakota State's George Marshall scored with 45 seconds remaining. The Bison quickly broke SDSU's press with Werner throwing down a dunk, and Miller drained a pair of free throws to ice the win.
The Jackrabbits (14-5, 3-2), missed twice and Miller grabbed the last rebound as NDSU, picked to finish second in the Summit, ran out the final 17 seconds.
The two teams shared the regular-season title a year ago before NDSU won the tournament, earning an NCAA bid. The Jackrabbits went to the NIT.