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“A Scattering of Bison Chips”,“Buffalo” Bill Nystrom's blog

Postby PointGuard » Sun Jan 29, 2017 3:10 am

Last night Coach Tad Bolton invited me to sit immediately behind him during his team’s hosting of the Texas Southern Tigers, a team entering the fray with a 1-2 record.

It was a great seat from which to view the action, but it also afforded me the opportunity to carefully observe Coach Bolton’s actions during a game. While I had often watch games from a much higher vantage point, it was the first time I was able to see what happens on and near the bench during a game.

I was surprised by how active Coach Bolton was throughout the game, out of his seat far more than he was in it. He was calling out plays to his players, working the refs, providing advice, encouragement, and praise to his players, talking with his assistant coaches and bench players continuously, and frequently displaying a variety of emotions. When seated, he kept one eye on the action while beckoning various bench players to sit next to him to prepare them for entering the game and going over strategy with his assistants. Timeouts were highly charged periods of intense direction to his team. In the few hours the players were warming up and playing the game, Coach Bolton probably expended more energy that most people have ever done in any job they have held.

Oh yeah, and a game was played as well. Bolton’s team never got untracked in the first half and trailed 29-25 at the break. I've gotta believe there were some hot words from Coach Bolton directed at his players in the locker room during the intermission. Sub Ed Doss led their scoring at that point with 6 points.

While the Bison made a couple runs in the 2nd half which gave them small leads, it wasn’t until the final 4 minutes of play that they finally took over the game and pulled away to pull off a 70-57 victory. It was a game with 10 lead changes and 8 ties.

The biggest difference in the game was in turnovers...13 for the Bison as compared with 23 for the Tigers. PG David Miller led the scoring for North Dakota State with 14 points. Reserve PF/C Ed Doss added 11. The Tigers’ SG Willie Walker led all scorers with 17 points, but that was 7 points below his average coming into the game.

The win improved the Bison record to 6-1, far better than the 2nd best team thus far in the Summit League...Western Illinois which holds an anemic 3-4 record.
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Postby PointGuard » Mon Jan 30, 2017 1:29 am

Bison Stampede Over Knights

North Dakota State hosted the 3-3 Fairleigh Dickinson Knights last night. The Bison played lock-down defense in the first half. The Knights only hit 15% of their shots allowing North Dakota State to pull away to a 40-18 halftime advantage. PF Earl Williams led their scoring in the half with 9 points.

Even though the Bison defense disintegrated in the second half, they never were seriously threatened and came away with a decisive 78-62 victory. Three North Dakota State players scored in double figures: PF Earl Williams with 15 to go along with his 3 assists, 6 rebounds and 2 steals, SG Kelsey Brown with 12, and PF/C Ed Doss with 11.

North Dakota State’s record now stands at 7-1. The Colorado State University Rams (4-3) venture to Bison Sports Arena to take on the Bison this coming Monday night.
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Postby PointGuard » Tue Feb 07, 2017 2:23 am

Bison Shear the Rams

The streaking Bison took on the Colorado State Rams last night, but needed to control Colorado State’s PF Reggie Slater, the Rams’ go-to guy who averages 16.9 ppg.

Neither team scored for nearly the first five minutes of the game. After trailing 2-0, North Dakota State came alive to take the lead and hold it throughout the first half. The Bison defense held Colorado State’s shooting in the half to 33%. That resulted in a 12 point halftime lead for North Dakota State at 36-24. Reserve C/PF Ed Doss scored 12 points to lead the Bison offense.

North Dakota State maintained a double digit lead throughout most all of the second half. Even though the Rams cut into their lead, the outcome was never in doubt and the Bison whipped Colorado State 72-63. Even though the Rams’ Reggie Slater finished with 16 points, most of them were late in the game when the Bison were coasting on a big lead.

The Bison hit 51% of their field goal attempts. PG David Miller scored 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. SG Kelsey Brown knocked down 13 points, C/PF Ed Doss came off the bench to score 12 points, and PF Evan Williams added 10 points.

Coach Bolton praised the offensive effort of the Bison. He was particularly complimentary of Ed Doss who came to the Bison this year following two years of JC ball. Bolton commented, “Ed continues to impress. He definitely could be starting based on his play thus far, but having him come in off the bench and provide instant offense is a big plus. And Ed does it without taking a lot of shots. He’s knocked down 61% of his shots this season. He knows where on the court he can be effective and gets free in those spots for sink his shots.”

While the Bison are now 8-1, the rest of the Summit League has a dismal combined 22-49 record thus far this season.
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Postby PointGuard » Wed Feb 15, 2017 12:43 am

MS: This afternoon we’re fortunate to have Coach Tad Bolton here in the studio. His Bison basketball team hosted the St. Mary’s Gaels last night. St. Mary’s came into the game with a 4-2 record whereas the Bison entered the game with an 8-1 record and riding a 4-game win streak. Four of the Gaels’ starters were averaging in double figures and the fifth starter was just averaging 9.2 ppg.

So Coach, what was your strategy defensively coming into the game?

TB: We came in just playing a straight up man to man as well as mixing in some 1-2-2 zone. When someone got hot, we would double team then and try to cool them down. That worked well in the first half. Not only did we make it difficult for them to get easy shots, holding their FG shooting to 31%, but we also kept any one player from catching fire. Defensively we additionally forced them into 10 turnovers. Offensively we protected the ball well, turning the ball over just 2 times, plus we dropped in 50% of our FG attempts.

MS: Yes, you held a 42-23 halftime advantage.

TB: I was pleasantly surprised and VERY happy to have that much of a lead going into the locker room at the half. Two of our interior players, Evan Williams and Ed Doss really kept our offense alive and combined to score 24 points in the half.

MS: Did you have much to say to the players at the half.

TB: Lots of pats on the backs. But we expected that they’d make some adjustments in the second half, so we just went over some of the possibilities and how to counteract them.

MS: What was the main difference in the second half.

TB: I think it was that St. Mary’s got much more aggressive defensively. I thought they had sneaked back onto the court and clamped a lid on our basket. But fortunately, our guys countered that by tightening our defense even more.

MS: With a 73-53 win, it would be hard to find fault with any aspect of the game by your players.

TB: Like I said, defensively we played one of our better games of the season. And overall our offense was solid. Three of our players really carried us offensively with Ed Doss dropping in 22 points, Evan Williams scoring 19, and David Miller adding 12. But we let the Gaels completely beat us on the boards to the tune of 41-24. So we will be working on that aspect of our game in practice.

MS: You’re now 9-1 with one game remaining before starting Summit League action. With how the other Summit League teams have been playing, you’ve got to look favorably on your chances in league play.

TB: I wish I could agree with you, but no matter how other teams have done thus far, I think we will find the Summit to be a tough fight all the way until the end. I’m sure the championship will be strongly contested by any number of teams.

MS: One last question, Coach. With Ed Doss scoring so well, when is he going to break into the starting lineup?

TB: Marty, it’s like I’ve been saying all along. Ed has the tools to start, but it’s so good to have him come off the bench 4 or 5 minutes into the game and give us a big boost as our starters begin to tire. And then he continues to come in later in the game and put points on the board. Even though he’s not starting, overall he gets his minutes.

MS: Good luck on your road trip to take on Bryant next week. And thanks for joining us today.

TB: Thank YOU, Marty. One last comment. I want to thank our fans for supporting us this season. It’s been great having more people at our home games and having them be so vocal in their support. I know that the players really appreciate it. We have 9 home games left, all of them against tough Summit League foes. The athletic department has come up with a special 9-game package and our fans can take advantage of that by calling the athletic department or going to our website.
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Postby PointGuard » Wed Feb 15, 2017 11:45 pm

Hey, the North Dakota State Bison basketball just completed a very successful pre-conference schedule, winning 10 of their 11 games. Before the season began the Bison were predicted to finish in 3rd place in the Summit League behind Oral Roberts and Denver. But Oral Roberts and Denver each just won 5 of their 11 games in pre-conference play. In fact, other than North Dakota State, the entire rest of the Summit League won just 27 games while losing 61 games thus far this season.

Coach Bolton told me that while he’s happy with how his team has played thus far, he expects other teams in the Summit to rise to the challenge now that league play is beginning. He said the league isn’t as weak as the other teams’ records would make it look and that he expects league play to be very competitive.

There’s not been much love for individual players on NDSU’s winning team. For the first 6 weeks of weekly player of the week awards, only Evan Williams has a gained a player of the week award. David Miller scored 20 in the only game the Bison played last week and he’s scored 48 points in the 3 most recent games they’ve played, but no award for him. In those same 3 games, Ed Doss has come off the bench to score 44 points, but no award for him either.
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Postby PointGuard » Thu Feb 16, 2017 11:59 pm

In their game against Oral Roberts, the Bison played like a high school team the first 10 minutes of the game, making 10 turnovers, hitting just 20% of their shots and falling behind 22-9. A second straight sloppy, lackadaisical opening half by the Bison put them in a 34-22 halftime hole. While Oral Roberts turned the ball over 10 times, NDSU had 12 turnovers in the first half. They also hit just 29% of their shots while allowing their opponents to hit 50% of their shots.

Less than 3 minutes into the 2nd half, the Bison trailed by 21 points. That lead ballooned to 24 points several times in the remaining time as North Dakota State continued their uninspired play. The game finally concluded as Oral Roberts drubbed the Bison 74-60. For the Bison, 19 turnovers, 39% shooting from the field, and allowing Oral Roberts to hit 52% of their shots. PG David Miller scored 15 for North Dakota State.
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Postby PointGuard » Fri Feb 17, 2017 5:41 pm

The Bison basketball game travelled to Western Illinois to take on the Leathernecks last night. NDSU held a lead in the early going but fell apart in the latter part of the first half. Turnovers (12 in the first half0 by the Bison turned into a series of breakaways and easy points for the Leathernecks. Western Illinois took a 37-30 lead to the locker room. PG David Miller led the Bison offensively with 8 points.

The Bison fell behind by 14 points early in the 2nd half. But they fought back to chip away at the lead and took a single point lead with 4 minutes to go. The lead flip-flopped back and forth the remainder of the game. But Western Illinois took a 3 point lead with 5 seconds to play. The Bison got the ball up court quickly and Miller dropped in what looked like the game tying 3 pointer. But the refs replayed the shot and determined that Miller’’s toe was on the line. That resulted in a 78-77 win by Western Illinois.

The loss dropped the Bison to 0-2 in the Summit League. PG/SG James Winter came off the bench to score a career-high 23 points. PG David Miller continued his hot shooting and finished with 22 points.

The Bison return home for a game against South Dakota this Thursday and an attempt to turn around their fortunes in the Summit League.
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“A Scattering of Bison Chips”, Blog by “Buffalo” Bill Nystro

Postby PointGuard » Mon Feb 20, 2017 8:11 pm

Following their exceptional play in pre-conference contests, the North Dakota State Bison have fallen on their faces in the opening two games of Summit League play. They took on the South Dakota Coyotes in an attempt to get back into the win column. South Dakota came in with a 3-11 (1-2) record. Their scoring had primarily come from their perimeter players. PG Leon Abrams (4.7 apg) had been the generator of their offense with SF Tye Bell 13.2 ppg) and SG Quin Persinger (11.6 ppg) being their primary scorers.

The 10-3 (0-2) Bison scoring had primarily come from PG David Miller (13.6 ppg), PF Evan Williams (11.9 ppg), and PF/C Ed Doss (10.8 ppg). C Jaron Dickerson, who has been nursing a sort back, was expected to see limited action.

The Bison came out with a chip on their shoulder and scored the first 12 points of the game. NDSU continued to pressure the Coyotes and finished the half ahead by the score of 34-19. Ed Doss led their first half scoring with 10 points.

NDSU maintained a solid lead throughout the 2nd half and came away with a 69-57 victory. The big difference in the game was turnovers. South Dakota suffered 24 turnovers while the Bison had only half as many. SF Brandon Tracy popped in 17 points. C James Hall scored 13 while pulling down 7 boards. PF/C Ed Doss added 10 points.

In other Summit League action, Oral Roberts continued their dominance by destroying IUPUI 68-42, thus improving their league record to 4-0.
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Postby PointGuard » Wed Feb 22, 2017 4:05 am

Tonight the North Dakota State Bison traveled to Indianapolis to take on the IUPUI Jaguars. IUPUI came into the game with a 4-11 season record but a 3-1 Summit League record. Following a 10 game losing streak to conclude pre-conference play, the Jaguars only loss in league play had been at Oral Roberts.

After trailing by 10 points several times in the 2nd half, the Bison narrowed the gap in the latter minutes to finish the half trailing 24-21. Defense dominated on both end of the court both teams hitting less than 40% of their shots. No player on either team scored more than 4 points in the first half.

NDSU scored the first 6 points in the 2nd half and 11 of the first 13 points scored in the last half. The Jaguars came back though to quickly pull even. The lead then switched back and forth, but eventually the Jaguars took a 7 point lead. The Bison then stiffened their defense and pulled even at 56-56 with 1-1/2 minutes to play. Jaron Dickerson then stole a pass and fired a sweet pass to Kelsey Brown who jammed it home to put the Bison on top by 2 with 32 seconds remaining in the game. Brandon Tracy then blocked a shot and took control of the ball. He fired an outlet pass to Jared Bedard who was fouled with 13 seconds to go. Bedard sunk both ends of the 1-and-1 making the score 60-56. The Bison employed full court press to slow the Jaguars getting up court, but then relaxed their defense to avoid a foul. That provided the Jaguars with a clear 3 point attempt that rattled home to cut the final margin of Bison victory to 60-59.

The team stats were as close as the final score. SF Brandon Tracy led the scoring with 13 points with PG Jared Bedard and SG Kelsey Brown scoring 12 and 10 points respectively. The win evened the league record of the Bison at 2-2 and moved them into a tie for 4th place.
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Postby PointGuard » Thu Feb 23, 2017 3:58 am

Last night North Dakota State’s basketball team hosted the Denver Pioneers, a team that came in with a 6-9 season record and a 1-3 Summit League record.

Ed Doss started his first game for North Dakota State. The Bison scored the first 9 points of the game and blazed to a 22-2 lead with 12 minutes to play in the first half. With Coach Bolton subbing freely, the Pioneers got their offense going late in the half and narrowed the Bison lead at the half to 30-19.

The Bison collapse continued in the 2nd half as Denver scored the first 12 points to take a 31-30 lead with 14-1/2 minutes to play. NDSU then righted the ship and slowly pulled away to score a 59-51 victory.

Topping the scoring for NDSU was C Ed Doss with 14 points. PF Evan Williams added 11. Denver’s high scoring Derrick Williams, who came into the game averaging 17.2 ppg, was held to just 7 points.

I’ve got Coach Bolton on the phone:

BJ: Coach, first off, congratulations on your win last night. But tell our listeners what happened after your team jumped out to such a huge lead in the first portion of the first half.

TB: Hey, I have to take the blame for that. When our starters seemed to be about to run Denver out of our gym, I decided to bring in most all of our bench. While it’s always good to give them playing time, it allowed Denver to regain their composure and get back into the game. Then we came out flat in the 2nd half. It wasn’t until Denver actually took a lead that we kicked ourselves in the butt. I was happy with how the team responded at that point.

BJ: You put Ed Doss into the starting lineup for the first time. He looked pretty good. Are you planning on him starting from now on?

TB: Benbo, that will be a game-by-game decision. We’ve know all along that Ed is a scorer. I still value that coming off our bench as we rest our starters, so I’m not committing to his starting regularly. He gets his minutes and points either way.

BJ:Your win makes you 3-2 in the Summit League and pulled you into the tie for 3rd place. Do you think the Bison can put together another lengthy win streak?

TB: I sure hope so, but it’s not easy to win on the road in this league. Rather than worrying about a win streak, I just want our guys to play their best each game and see how we come out at the end of the season.

BJ: Rumors are that your team came out of last night’s game with some injuries.

TB: The rumors are true. James Winter hit his head going after a loose ball and suffered a concussion. We having him evaluated today, but it’s likely he will miss a game or two. And Evan Williams strained his calf. I’m hoping he will recover sufficiently to play in our next game, but its more likely he will not be ready.

BJ: Who’s your next opponent.

TB: We play a road game against Nebraska-Omaha. They’re tied with us for 3rd place so it’s a big game for both teams. They have yet to lose at home this season, so we’re going to have to play at the top of our game to have a chance to get a win. On top of that the Mavericks just got a huge road win by whipping Oral Roberts. They’re the first Summit League team to get the best of Oral Roberts this season.
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