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Alexander scored 24 to spur North Dakota State past IUPUI 69-61 in OT


INDIANAPOLIS — Lawrence Alexander scored 24 points on 9-of-17 shooting as North Dakota State hung on to beat IUPUI 69-61 in overtime Thursday night.

North Dakota State opened the overtime period on a 7-1 run, highlighted by two Alexander baskets and an A.J. Jacobson 3-pointer. Alexander and Jacobson combined for all 16 Bison points in OT.

IUPUI would trim its deficit as low as four in OT, but could not overcome the slow start.

Jacobson and Dexter Werner each added 10 points for North Dakota State (13-6, 5-1 Summit League). It was Alexander's eighth game this season with 20 or more points.

Paul Miller hit two free throws with 2:07 left to give NDSU a 53-51 lead with 2:07 left. IUPUI's Khufu Najee answered with a basket to tie the game and neither team scored again in regulation.

Aaron Brennan and P.J. Boutte each scored 10 points to lead the Jaguars (7-13, 3-3).

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