North Dakota State outlasted North Carolina Central 78-74 in the First Four Wednesday night and their reward is a matchup with Zion Williamson and overall No. 1 seed Duke.
Junior guard Tyson Ward led the Bison with 23 points in the battle of No. 16 seeds in Dayton.
The Eagles got double-digit scoring from four of their five starters, including a double-double from senior center Raasean Davis with 20 points and 16 rebounds, but saw little production from their bench (0 points over 16 minutes of playing time for five reserves).
The Bison will take on Duke, the top seed in the East Region, at 7:10 p.m. ET Friday in Columbia, South Carolina.
The final game of the First Four saw Arizona State beat St. John's 74-65 in a matchup of No. 11 seeds. Freshman guard Luguentz Dort led Arizona State with 21 points while senior forward Zylan Cheatham added a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Junior guard Shamorie Ponds led the Red Storm with 25 points in the loss, with sophomore guard LJ Figueroa adding 19 points and 10 rebounds.
The Sun Devils will next get No. 6 Buffalo in the first round of the West Region at 4 p.m. ET Friday.
Fairleigh Dickinson and Belmont already punched their tickets to the first round of the NCAA tourney with victories Tuesday night in the first half of the First Four.
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