- Associated Press - Thursday, February 16, 2017

POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) - Corey Baldwin and Geno Crandall scored 18 points apiece and North Dakota cruised to a 77-61 victory over Idaho State on Thursday night.

North Dakota (16-8, 11-3 Big Sky) has won seven of its last eight and is a half-game back of conference leader Weber State. North Dakota’s next game is at Weber State on Saturday.

Drick Bernstine added a season-high 16 points for the Fighting Hawks, who shot 47 percent from the floor and made 13 of 28 (46.4 percent) from long range.

Brandon Boyd scored 19 points to lead Idaho State (5-20, 3-10). Novak Topalovic had 12 points and Ethan Telfair chipped in 11.

North Dakota took the lead for good with six minutes left in the first half, and had a 40-33 halftime lead. The Fighting Hawks stretched it to 55-45 with 12:30 left and held a double-digit lead the rest of the way.

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