Junior guard Mike Felt scored a game-high 16 points to lead North Dakota State, which improved to 9-3 on the season. The Tigers dropped their third straight game to fall to 4-7.
Burwell led Towson with 14 points, including four of nine shooting from beyond the arc. Graduate student Bilal Dixon registered six points and grabbed a season-high tying 11 rebounds in the loss.
The Bison, who owned a 28-25 lead at halftime, gradually pulled away in the second stanza to earn their third road win of the season.
Dixon cut the Tigers’ deficit to 28-27 in the first 18 seconds of the second half, but North Dakota State responded with a 10-0 run to increase its lead to 38-27.
After the Tigers pulled to within 39-33, the Bison went on a 14-3 run to take control of the game, building a 53-46 lead with 4:55 remaining in the game.
Felt made five of eight shots from the floor, including three of six three-point attempts. Junior Taylor Braun added 10 points while freshman Chris Kading came off the bench to score 11 points for the Bison.
Towson was out-rebounded (37-32) for the first time since the opening game of the season on November 9. However, the Tigers recorded 10 assists and committed a season-low six turnovers.
North Dakota State shot an impressive 17-for-19 (89.5%) from the free throw line, while Towson only attempted 10 shots from the charity stripe with just four makes (40%).
The Tigers will remain at home on Wednesday, taking on local rival Coppin State at the Towson Center. Tip time is set for 7:30 p.m.