SPEARFISH, S.D. - In the battle of former Dakota Athletic Conference foes Friday night at the Donald E. Young Gymnasium, Dakota State and Black Hills State men's basketball teams took two extra periods to complete the game. The Trojans fell short in double overtime thriller to the Yellow Jackets 74-72 to gain a season series split.
Dakota State suffered their third straight defeat and dropped their overall record to 15-12. Black Hills State, a transitional member of NCAA Division II, raised their record to 10-14.
It was the second time this season that Dakota State had played a double overtime game.
DSU opened with a twelve-point lead in the first-half at 25-13 with less than five minutes remaining on the clock. BHSU closed the first-half with a 9-3 run as the Trojans earned a 28-22 halftime advantage.
The Yellow Jackets tied the game at 31-31 with 17:48 remaining in the game (9-3 scoring run to open the second-half).
Both teams battled through the rest of the second-half by trading leads or tying the game.
With BHSU leading at 57-54 with less than 10 seconds left in the game, DSU's Jesse Bean hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 57-57 and forced overtime.
DSU and BHSU each scored six points in overtime. The game was knotted at 63-63 by the end of the first overtime.
At 69-69 with less than two minutes remaining in second overtime, the Yellow Jackets scored five straight points (all by free-throws) to gain a 74-69 lead.
Trojan Stephen Klekas hit a 3-pointer before the second overtime buzzer sound as the Yellow Jackets held on to the victory.
DSU's Spencer Adams was 10-for-20 from the field, including 3-for-4 behind the 3-point arc, for 23 points. He grabbed seven rebounds and dished out three assists. Keith Biggers added 15 points. Bean scored eight points and earned eight boards. Cameron Krump scored eight points off the bench and pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds. Luke Lamb had seven points and stole the ball three times.
Four starters scored in double digits for the Yellow Jackets. Rob Johnson had 20 points and recorded eight rebounds. He had six blocked shots in the game. Tommy Earl added 19 points and seven rebounds. Cameron Anderson had 16 points. Joey Mitchell recorded 11 points. Brady Bisgaard dished out six assists. Ryan Allen had eight rebounds off the bench.
BHSU shot 36.4 percent from the field (24-for-66) compared to the Trojans' 35.8 percent (24-for-67). The Yellow Jackets were 4-for-28 from the 3-point line (14.3 percent), while DSU was 6-for-15 (40 percent).
Black Hills State was 22-for-29 from the free-throw line (75.9 percent). The Trojans converted 18-of-25 free-throws (72 percent).
DSU outrebounded the Yellow Jackets 48-42.
The Trojans committed 22 turnovers in the game compared to BHSU 13.
Dakota State looks to bounce back in the winning column on Saturday evening. The Trojans face another former Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC) foe and in-state rival, South Dakota Mines. The final regular-season game for DSU is set for 6 p.m. (Central Time)/5 p.m. (Mountain Time) at the King Center in Rapid City, S.D.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director