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North Dakota State Bison guard Taylor Braun (24) and forward TrayVonn Wright (32) walk off the court after a men's college basketball game during the third round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament against the San Diego State Aztecs at Veterans Memorial Arena. The Aztecs defeated the Bison 63-44. James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

San Diego State ends North Dakota State's bid for Cinderella run

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SPOKANE, Wash. – The players from North Dakota State were issued new lime green Nike basketball shoes for the NCAA tournament. None of them turned to slippers on Saturday night.


A stirring NCAA tournament run that started with an upset of Oklahoma on Thursday ended on Saturday with a thud. And a clang. And a bonk.

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Jeff Kolpack
Jeff Kolpack covers North Dakota State athletics, the Fargo Marathon and golf for The Forum. His blog can be accessed at On the radio, Kolpack & Izzo sports talk show runs from 9-11 a.m. every Saturday morning. April through August, the WDAY Golf Show with Jeff Kolpack runs from 8-9 a.m.