Ward's 13 boards tied a career high and marked the third time the 6-foot-6 forward has reached that mark. Maleeck Harden-Haynes added 10 points.
Montana State started the second half with a 7-0 spurt when Amin Adamu sandwiched a pair of jump shots between a 3-pointer from Harald Frey and led 38-34. But North Dakota State (8-4) bounced back and outscored the Bobcats 20-7 over a 6-minute span and took control.
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