October 30, 2013
Photos credits - Donald Weidler and Cody Welu - DSU Photographers
MADISON, S.D. – Playing as a national-ranked team for the first time in Dakota State men's basketball team history Wednesday evening at DSU Fieldhouse, the Trojans pulled away in the second-half for a 71-53 victory over in-state rival Mount Marty (S.D.). Four DSU players scored in double digits to help Trojans sealed their first victory of the season.
Dakota State, No. 18 in the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Coaches' Preseason Poll, won their fifth straight season opener game since Gary Garner's arrival as Trojan men's basketball head coach. The Trojans won their 11th home game in the last 13 home games, dating back from last season where the Trojans produced a 10-2 home record. Mount Marty, a member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference, dropped to 0-1 overall record.
The Trojans scored the first four points of the game to earn a 4-0 lead with eighteen minutes and 54 seconds left in the first-half.
DSU would extended their lead to six points on three occasions (16-10 with 12:28 left, 18-12 with 10:53 left and 21-15 with 9:01 remaining) before the Lancers came back and tie the game. MMC used a 6-0 run to knot the game at 21-21 with 6:33 remaining before halftime.
Dakota State outscored the Lancers in the next five minutes to earn a nine-point lead at 35-26 with 1:40 left before halftime.
The Trojans held a 36-30 halftime advantage. DSU was 8-for-21 (38.1 percent) from the 3-point arc compared to the Lancers' 3-for-14 (21.4 percent).
DSU outscored MMC 13-4 to kick off the second half as the Trojans' lead grew to 49-34 with 16:07 remaining in the game.
Mount Marty trimmed their deficit into single digit at 50-41 with 11:54 left, but the Trojans secured the game by holding double-digits lead in the final 11:42 of the game.
Dakota State had the largest lead of the game at 71-52 after Cameron Krump made a dunk with 20 seconds left in the game.
The Trojans outscored the Lancers 35-23 in the final 20 minutes of the game. DSU shot 41.9 percent from the field (13-for-31) in the second-half compared to MMC 30.4 percent (7-for-23).
Yusuf Vinson led DSU with a double-double of 12 points and pulled down 13 rebounds. He was 3-for-7 from the field, including 2-for-4 from the 3-point line and converted all four free-throws. Krump added 12 points on his 4-for-6 shooting from the field and 4-for-5 at the free-throw line.
Dylan Hale dished out five assists for the Trojans. Hofer had three assists and stole the ball three times.
Ryan McCutcheon recorded two blocked shots for DSU. Vinson, Krump and Snyder each had a blocked shot.
Tyler Payer and Bud Smith each had 20 points for Mount Marty. Smith was 9-for-13 from the free-throw line.
Lorenzo Davis recorded five assists for the Lancers. Payer, Mitchell Newhouse and David each had two steals.
Smith and Patrick Ciganovic each grabbed six rebounds for the Lancers.
Dakota State shot 39.7 percent overall from the field (25-for-63) compared to MMC 31.5 percent (17-for-54). The Trojans drained 11 3-pointers in 31 attempts (35.5 percent), while the Lancers were 7-for-25 from the 3-point arc (28 percent).
Both teams struggled at the free-throw line. DSU made 10 free-throws in 19 attempts (52.6 percent) compared to Lancers' 12-for-23 from the free-throw line (52.2 percent).
The Trojans outrebounded the Lancers 54-35 in the game. DSU had 19 offensive rebounds and outscored MMC 18-2 in second-chance points.
DSU's bench outscored Mount Marty 21-7. The Trojans scored 26 points inside the paint while MMC scored 14 points in the paint.
Dakota State remains home on Tuesday night as they host another foe from the Great Plains Athletic Conference. The Trojans welcome No. 15 Northwestern (Iowa) in the battle of NAIA's 'Top 25' teams. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at DSU Fieldhouse.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director