The Sacramento State Hornets won for the sixth time in their last seven games, opening a big first-half lead and holding on for a 71-65 win over North Dakota at The Nest.
The Hornets (12-12, 8-7 Big Sky Conference) forged a five-way tie for third place in the conference, joining North Dakota, Northern Arizona, Montana and Montana State with matching 8-7 marks.
Sacramento State led 37-22 at halftime and were up 57-41 with 6:24 to go before North Dakota (11-14, 8-7) ran off 10 straight points to make it interesting.
Alonzo Traylor completed a three-point play with 52 seconds left to cut the Hornets lead to 64-59, but Sacramento State hit six straight free throws over the next 30 seconds to secure the win.
North Dakota was 22-for-56 (39.3 percent) overall, 6-for-21 (28.6 percent) from long range and 15-for-16 (93.8 percent) from the stripe. Sacramento State was 24-for-48 (50 percent), 2-for-5 (40 percent) and 21-for-30 (70 percent).
North Dakota had a 35-28 rebounding edge, but doubled up the Hornets with 14 turnovers to just seven for the hosts.
The teams end up the regular season with a split. North Dakota posted an 82-71 win in Grand Forks, N.D., on Jan. 23.
Sacramento State hosts Northern Colorado Saturday at 7:05 p.m.