UND Basketball: Limiting Turnovers, Defense Important for Final Five Games

UND only has five games left in the regular season.

GRAND FORKS, N.D — North Dakota men’s basketball are winners in three of their last five games keeping their post season hopes alive in a tie for fourth in the Summit League.
Despite where the standings may have the Fighting Hawks, there have been games where it doesn’t look that way.

In their latest loss to South Dakota, UND turned the ball over 20 times leading to 40 of the 82 Coyotes points. The 14-point loss was the worst at home in conference play this season.

With five games left in the regular season, head coach Paul Sather said limiting turnovers and playing better defensively are the two biggest needs to finish strong.

“We’ve just got to be better at some things like taking care of the ball or defensively having more urgency and awareness defensively for 40 minutes,” Sather said. “That Oral Roberts game was a better example of us really not playing perfect basketball but grinding and being able to grind it when it’s that good instead of getting wrapped up and worried about it when it’s not good. We need to have a little more of that going forward and then cleaning up these turnovers.”

The Hawks won’t be back in action until Saturday on the road against Western Illinois.

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