MACOMB, Ill. -- Eric Carlson scored 19 points Thursday night to lead North Dakota State past Western Illinois 60-55 in the Summit Conference opener for both teams.
Josh Vaughan added 13 points, making 4 of 4 from the free-throw line in the final 30 seconds for the Bison (3-3). Michael Tviedt had 11 rebounds and Vaughan nine for North Dakota State.
Neither team did much from behind the 3-point line. The Bison were just 1 of 6 and the Leathernecks 3 of 17 for the night from 3-point range.