Fargo, ND (Sports Network) - Taylor Braun scored 22 points to help lift the North Dakota State Bison to a 72-52 victory over instate rival North Dakota at the Fargodome.
Braun also swiped five steals for NDSU (8-2), which has won three in a row. Marshall Bjorklund had 13 points, while TrayVonn Wright added 10 points, eight rebounds, and three blocks.
For North Dakota (1-6), Mitch Wilmer and Aaron Anderson both finished with 12 points.
Neither team shot well in the first half, with North Dakota going 7-of-19 from the field and the Bison making 11-of-32. NDSU took a 30-24 lead into intermission.
The Bison's efficiency from the floor improved to 46.7 percent after intermission as they spent most of the half leading by double figures.
NDSU outscored North Dakota in the paint, 34-18. The Bison also won the turnover battle, 19-6.