SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Taylor Braun 28 points lifted top-seeded North Dakota State to its second-consecutive Summit League tournament title game after beating fourth-seeded Denver 83-48 in the semifinals on Monday.
North Dakota State advanced to play second-seeded Fort Wayne in the championship game on Tuesday.
Braun made 7 of 9 shots, including four 3-pointers, and had 10 free throws for North Dakota State (24-6). TrayVonn Wright added 12 points and nine rebounds for the Bison.
Braun scored 18 points in the first half, while Denver only managed 15.
Cam Griffin had 13 points for Denver (16-15), while Chris Udofia had 12 and Bryant Rucker 11. The Pioneers made 1 of 13 shots from 3-point range.
The Bison made 62.5 percent of their field goals, including 8 of 12 from deep. They outrebounded Denver 32-21.