Northern State made four free throws in the final 20 seconds in holding on to beat Minnesota Duluth 72-70 in an NSIC game before a crowd of 5,318 at Wachs Arena in Aberdeen, S.D.
Gabe King had 18 points, Justin Decker 15 and Ian Smith 14 for the Wolves (20-5 overall, 16-3 NSIC), who didn't shoot well but only made six turnovers.
Junior forward Brandon Myer of Superior had a career-high 34 points and 13 rebounds to lead UMD (14-9, 11-8). Myer was only 1 of 7 from 3-point range but made just about everything else, finishing 13 of 22 from the field.
Sophomore forward Jake Paper added a career-high 12 points off the bench for the Bulldogs, while senior forward Sean Burns chipped in 10 points, five rebounds and three blocks before fouling out.
• Longtime Vermilion Community College men's basketball coach Paul McDonald will man the home sidelines for the final time when his Ironmen host Rainy River at 3 p.m. today in Ely.
McDonald announced his retirement last winter after 29 years as men's basketball coach, instructor and athletic director. Part of one of the most well-known basketball families in Minnesota, which includes his father, Bob, the state's all-time winningest high school boys basketball coach, Paul McDonald's teams have won 14 of the last 17 Minnesota College Athletic Conference championships and 15 Ironmen have earned All-America honors. They've enjoyed 18 seasons of 20 wins or more and made the national tournament in 1999, 2001, 2002 and 2006.