FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Khy Kabellis scored 17 points and North Dakota State defeated Denver 81-63 on Saturday to stay atop the Summit League.

Dexter Werner had 14 points and nine rebounds, A.J. Jacobson also had 14 points with Paul Miller adding 13 and Carlin Dupree 10 for the Bison (17-8, 9-3), who are a half-game ahead of South Dakota (9-4) and two up on Denver (15-10, 7-5). Miller and Jacobson both went over 1,000 career points.

Joe Rosga scored 16 points and Daniel Amigo 14 with eight rebounds for the Pioneers, who shot only 35 percent, making only 5 of 25 3-point attempts and getting outrebounded 44-31.

Werner had 10 points in the first half when NDSU took a 35-30 lead with Kabellis taking over in the second with 14 points.

The Bison opened the second half on a 22-6 run with Miller scoring the first eight points. The lead remained in double figures.

Kabellis scored two points for the opponents on a bizarre play . Trying to save the ball from going out of bounds and facing the Pioneers' bench in the right corner, he flipped the ball backwards with his left hand and it flew through Denver's net.