POCATELLO, Idaho — Brandon Boyd scored 27 points and Novak Topalovic added 14 while grabbing 13 rebounds as Idaho State took control in the second half, beating North Dakota 82-67 on Saturday night.
The victory snapped an 11-game losing skid to North Dakota.
Boyd was 11 of 17 from the floor and had five assists for Idaho State (11-12, 6-6), which evened its Big Sky Conference record. Geno Luzcando also had 14 points with eight boards and five steals and Jared Stutzman added 10 points.
The Bengals led throughout the first half until Marlon Stewart drained a trey with 33 seconds left to give the Fighting Hawks a 37-34 advantage. Balint Mocsan answered with a 3 to end the scoring in the first half and tie the game.
Topalovic opened the second half with a jumper to start an 8-0 run and Idaho State gradually pulled away.
Geno Crandall had 28 points to lead North Dakota (8-17, 3-10), which has lost three straight.