DENVER -- Vinnie Shahid scored 19 points, draining five 3-pointers, as North Dakota State beat Denver 66-55 in a Summit League opener on Sunday.
The teams battled through a tense first half with five lead changes and six ties, the score knotted at 33 at halftime. Ward scored two early buckets and Shahid buried a 3 as North Dakota State pulled away in the second half, outscoring Denver 33 to a season-low 22.
The Pioneers fell to 20% shooting (6-for-30) and were outscored 12-6 in the paint.
Jase Townsend had 17 points and seven rebounds for the Pioneers (4-11, 0-1), whose losing streak reached six games. Ade Murkey added 15 points and 11 rebounds for his second double-double of the season.
North Dakota State plays Western Illinois at home on Thursday. Denver faces North Dakota at home on Thursday.
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