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Hot-shooting Hawks upend Denver for first Summit League win

DENVER -- Sometimes, the shots fall; sometimes they don’t.

The shots fell for the University of North Dakota on Saturday, Jan. 5, as the Fighting Hawks drilled 15 three-pointers en route to an 80-59 win over Denver in a Summit League game at Magness Arena.

It was UND’s first Summit League win as the Hawks improved to 1-2 and 7-9 while Denver dropped to 0-4 and 5-13.

UND won despite enduring travel delays Friday from Tulsa, Okla., to Denver. On Thursday, the Hawks fell at Oral Roberts.

Aanen Moody led UND with 21 points. That tied his career high. The freshman from Dickinson was 7-for-13 from the field and 5-of-11 on 3-point attempts.

UND hit 15 of 31 from beyond the arc.

The Hawks placed five players in double figures. Conner Avants, UND’s senior center, added 14 points and that came on the heels of his 21-point performance against Oral Roberts on Thursday night.

The Hawks also received 12 points each from Cortez Seales, Billy Brown and Kienan Walter.

UND led throughout and stretched the lead to nearly 30 points in the second half.

Denver was led by Creighton transfer Ronnie Harrell and David Nzekwesi as each finished with 11 points.

UND shot 48 percent from the field and held Denver to 40 percent shooting.

The win also snapped a seven-game road losing streak for UND.

Also, UND defeated Denver for the first time in program history. The Pioneers were 2-0 against the Hawks before Saturday’s game.

UND now returns home for three straight Summit League games, beginning Thursday against Omaha.