Fargo, ND (Sports Network) - Taylor Braun connected 7-of-9 attempts from beyond the arc on his way to a game-high 26 points as the North Dakota State Bison completed a 95-51 rout of the Nebraska Omaha Mavericks in a Sun Belt Conference opener at Bison Sports Arena.
Braun also pulled down a game-high nine rebounds for NDSU (6-2, 1-0 Summit). TrayVonn Wright and Marshall Bjorklund netted 14 points each, Lawrence Alexander chipped in 13 points, and Chris Kading came off the bench to add 10.
Justin Simmons led Nebraska Omaha (2-6, 0-1) as it fell in its Summit League debut.
The Bison opened up the contest with some offensive firepower as they converted 54.5 percent of their field goal attempts and all six of their attempts at the charity stripe in the first half. Nebraska Omaha went into halftime trailing 49-30 after it shooting 44.8 percent from the floor in the opening 20 minutes.
The Mavericks made only 8-of-24 field goal attempts after the intermission. NDSU coasted to the victory by draining 8-of-12 attempts from three-point range in the second half.
The Bison held a 39-19 advantage in the rebounding battle and outscored the visitors, 36-16, in the paint to win their first league game of the season.