WAHPETON, N.D. — Noble Cooper scored 29 points as North Dakota State School of Science downed Dawson Community College 78-65 Friday in the semifinals of the Region XIII men's basketball tournament.

It was the fifth consecutive year that NDSCS ended Dawson's season.

The Bucs (20-12) trailed NDSCS (26-5) 37-24 at intermission. Dawson climbed to within three points in the second half, but couldn't get over the hump.

CJ Nelson led DCC with 24 points. Man Man Baker added 10.

Cooper shot 11 of 18 from the field for NDSCS. Teammate Oman Oman tossed in 16 points.

Williston defeated Lake Region 87-79 in the other semifinal.

On Saturday, Williston beat NDSCS 77-71 for the championship.

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