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Wizards Hold Off West Division-Leading Stampede

Dakota 108, Idaho 100

BISMARCK, N.D., Dec. 8 --  The Dakota Wizards held of the West Division-leading Idaho Stampede 108-100 to move to 2-3 on the season. Lead by forward Rod Benson's season-high 25 points and 15 rebounds, the Wizards took the lead in the fourth quarter and never looked back.

“We started a little slow,” said Wizards head coach Duane Ticknor. “But our guys really showed their stuff in the second half, and I was happy to see them start to gel a bit as a team."

Wizards forward Carlos Powell had a season-high 28 points as he recorded his fourth game scoring over 20.

Wizards guard Maurice Baker finished with 14 points, 13 boards and seven assists. Forward David Palmer came off the Wizards bench for 11 points.

Idaho struggled from the time the team stepped off the bus as they travelled all night after a long overtime loss to Sioux Falls on Friday.

Going 10-for-10 from the foul line, guard Randy Livingston scored a team-high 28 points for the Stampede to go along with seven rebounds and three assists.

Lance Allred got into foul trouble early in the third and wasn't a factor for the Stampede. Idaho's big man pulled down 13 rebounds but was limited to 10 points in the matchup.

The Wizards travel to Sioux Falls to take on the rival Skyforce in an early game on Sunday.

The Stampede, now 5-3, continue down the road as they take on the Southwest Division leaders, the Rio Grand Valley Vipers, on Friday.