FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Vinnie Shahid had 21 points as North Dakota State beat Cal Poly 74-67 on Monday.
Tyson Ward added 14 points and seven rebounds for North Dakota State (2-1). Cameron Hunter scored 13 points — all in the second half.
It was tied at 51 midway through the second half until NDSU went a 7-0 run and never trailed again. Cal Poly was within four points with 1:23 remaining but NDSU made 7 of 8 free throws the rest of the way to seal it.
Junior Ballard had 20 points for the Mustangs (0-2). Jamal Smith added 17 points and six rebounds. Colby Rogers had 10 points.
Rogers scored the final five points of the first half as Cal Poly closed on a 12-0 run for a 33-30 lead.
North Dakota State plays Texas Rio Grande Valley on Friday. Cal Poly plays Simpson University, Calif. at home on Friday.
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