SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Taylor Braun took charge in the closing two minutes, scoring 10-straight points, as North Dakota State rallied to defeat Fort Wayne 60-57 in the championship game of The Summit League Men's Basketball Tournament.
Braun, 6-7 senior from Newberg, Ore, had just five points when he started his run with a pair of free throws to tie the game at 51. He followed that with a three-point basket putting the Bison back in the lead at 54-53. After Steve Forbes hit two free throws for IPFW, Braun scored on a drive making it 56-55 Bison, then hit another basket, was fouled and made the three throw with 12 seconds left for a 59-55 NDSU lead.
The Mastodons led for much of the game, opening an eight-point margin at 35-27 before leading 35-30 at halftime.
TrayVonn Wright led NDSU with 19 points while Braun finished with 15 and Marshall Bjorklund 12. Braun and Kory Brown had six rebounds each.
Fort Wayne did not get a player into double figures although Pierre Bland, Luis Jacobo, and Michael Kibiloski scored nine each. Bland also had nine rebounds.
The Bison, who won The Summit League regular season title, will take a 25-6 record into the NCAA tournament.
IPFW (24-10) accepted an invitation to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament, which begins Tuesday.
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