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North Dakota State head coach David Richman addresses team following loss to No. 2 Gonzaga (VIDEO)

North Dakota State v Gonzaga

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No. 15 North Dakota State was unable to duplicate its NCAA tournament success of a season ago Friday night, as they fell 86-76 to No. 2 Gonzaga in a South Region matchup in Seattle. David Richman’s team fought throughout however, with Dexter Werner sparking a second-half comeback on his way to a career-high 22 points. Werner led four Bison in double figures, with senior guard Lawrence Alexander next in line with 19 points.

Following the game Richman addressed the team in the locker room, both discussing the standard that’s been set within a program that’s been to three NCAA tournaments in the last seven years while also thanking them for the work they put in. He also thanked Alexander, who will go down as one of the school’s all-time greats.

“Learn from him. He’s a hell of a player, guys,” Richman said of Alexander. “The numbers speak volumes for it, OK? They do. Your hunger and humility, kid, is what we’re all about. And I don’t have anything great to say to you, except for what all of us can say and a whole bunch of other people is thank you.

“You’ve raised the bar at North Dakota State University men’s basketball. A standard has been set by you. This culture changed when you go here. Myself, my family, every one of these kids are forever indebted to you. I love you, and I know this is just the start for you. Go finish it.”

Video credit: NDSU Athletics