North Dakota shot nearly 58 percent from the floor and cruised to an 82-71 win over the Sacramento State Hornets at Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, N.D., Thursday night.
North Dakota (7-10, 4-3 Big Sky Conference) went ahead midway through the first half and never trailed again, leading 34-26 at halftime. The Hornets (6-10, 2-5) closed to within 66-63 with 4:22 remaining, but North Dakota answered with a 7-0 run to go up 73-63 with 1:49 remaining.
Troy Huff had 20 points and 14 rebounds for North Dakota, while Alonzo Traylor added 17 points and Josh Schuler scored 12.
Zach Mills led the Hornets with 20 points and had five rebounds. Dylan Garrity scored 18 points. Cody Demps had five rebounds and three steals and Eric Stuteville also had five boards and Mikh McKinney dished four assists.
Sacramento State was 23-for-54 (42.6 percent) overall, 6-for-18 (33.3 percent) from 3-point range and 19-for-28 (67.9 percent) from the foul line. North Dakota was 26-for-45 (57.8 percent), 4-for-15 (26.7 percent) and 26-for-31 (83.9 percent).
North Dakota had a 29-25 rebounding edge and turned the ball over 11 times. The Hornets had 12 giveaways.
Sacramento State visits Northern Colorado (12-4, 6-1) on Saturday for a 6:05 p.m. Pacific tipoff.