GRAND FORKS – When UND’s Treysen Eaglestaff entered the media home at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Heart, he last but not least heard the news – even even though he was a massive part of producing the information a few minutes early.

Eaglestaff and his teammates connected for a solitary-video game university history 18 3-ideas as UND picked up its 1st Summit League men’s basketball get Thursday, downing Kansas Metropolis 77-60 in advance of a residence crowd that at last bought a opportunity to see the Hawks’ prospective as the 2nd fifty percent of the league time methods.

Eaglestaff, a true freshman, hit 5 of the 3-tips, the ultimate one particular that established the file with 1:21 to participate in.

Seconds later on, he arrived up with a steal and a slam dunk that introduced the crowd at The Betty to its feet. Finally, UND’s winless streak in the league was around as the Hawks enhanced to 1-6 and 7-13 in general.

“That’s interesting,” stated Eaglestaff of the record. “I did not even know it occurred until I arrived to the media home. It is a very good emotion figuring out that I strike the 18th. All people was sharing the ball and we bought superior shots. Now we know how to get a sport in the next half and now we have to hold up this momentum.”

Eaglestaff completed with 19 details whilst Matt Norman (five 3-pointers) finished with 17. Tsotne Tsartsidze (16 factors, 4 3-tips) and B.J. Omot (16 points, three 3-pointers) also were in double figures.

UND did not video game prepare a night of 3-point capturing it just happened as Kansas City’s length made it hard for the Hawks to maneuver in the paint.

“We made the initially pair of 3s and just retained capturing,” said Omot. “We truly noticed the open male and we had a quite good working day. We just held making pictures and we performed really good defense.”

UND did not strike its 1st two-pointer until eventually the 2:01 mark of the 1st 50 {362bf5cdc35eddfb2532d3c23e83b41deb229c4410d15cb1127c60150cbd4488}. A huge as well as for UND was that the Hawks held off two mini-surges by the Roos in the second 50 {362bf5cdc35eddfb2532d3c23e83b41deb229c4410d15cb1127c60150cbd4488}. The to start with noticed Kansas Metropolis (3-4, 7-13) near to in just 42-35 and the second pulled the Roos to inside 64-58 with 2:34 to go.

UND then responded with a few straight 3-pointers – from Tsartsidze and Eaglestaff to put an exclamation stage on the get and the file.

UND coach Paul Sather reported his group stuck with each other throughout the tough begin to the league time. And it paid out off.

“For a when, we have beaten some doors but it appears like the other ones close,” stated Sather. “Through it all, our fellas trapped collectively. They considered. And they retained obtaining in. It is been a process and it’s likely to continue on to be a method.

“But I’m so pleased for the workforce for the reason that they received a flavor of it and the truly feel of it. And you can really make on this since that’s a good Kansas City crew.”

It will not get any easier for UND on Saturday as league-chief Oral Roberts will just take on the Hawks.

“We’re heading to have our palms comprehensive,” mentioned Sather. “But it’s about us. And we have fellas that can make performs, as well.”

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UND men’s basketball head coach Paul Sather, middle, and the Fighting Hawks bench rejoice a three-pointer in the to start with half of a property matchup versus the Kansas Town Roos at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Heart in Grand Forks on Thursday, January 19, 2023.

Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald

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Battling Hawks forward Tsotne Tsartsidze (10) weaves close to Kansas City centre Sidy Diallo (15) on a initial hlf layup for the duration of a Summit League men’s basketball matchup at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center in Grand Forks on Thursday, January 19, 2023.

Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald