MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Taylor Braun scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds, and North Dakota State opened the second half with a 12-0 run en route to a 69-57 victory over Morehead State on Wednesday night.
After leading 33-19 at halftime, North Dakota State (7-3) put the game away with the run. Kory Brown, TrayVonn Wright and Braun each scored four points each. That gave the Bison a 45-19 advantage 4:16 into the second half before Angelo Warner hit a jumper to make it 45-21.
Morehead State shot 42.3 percent from the field (22 of 52) to the Eagles' 30.5 percent (18 of 59) and outshot them from 3-point range 7 of 19 to 2 of 17.
It marked the first meeting between the teams, but they square off again in Fargo on Dec. 21.
Mississippi State freshman guard Malik Newman will withdraw from the NBA draft, but sources told ESPN he may explore other opportunities besides returning to Mississippi State.
Seton Hall sophomore Isaiah Whitehead will stay in the NBA draft and not return for his junior season.
Washington State's trio of Josh Hawkinson, Conor Clifford and Ike Iroegbu have withdrawn from the NBA draft and will play their senior season with the Cougars.
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