November 8, 2013
MADISON, S.D. – Dakota State, No. 18 in the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Coaches' Preseason national poll, faced a former Trojan men's basketball standout and former assistant coach Ian McKeithen and his Benedictine at Springfield (Ill.) Friday evening in the first game of the Dakota Wesleyan/Fulton State Bank Classic at Corn Palace. The Trojans never trailed in the game as DSU defeated the Bulldogs 74-61.
It was the first 3-0 start in Gary Garner's coaching era at Dakota State. Benedictine, a member of NAIA Division I Men's Basketball school, dropped their overall record to 0-3.
The Trojans scored the first six points of the game to give DSU a 6-0 lead in the first two minutes and 27 seconds.
Dakota State continued their scoring run and extended to the game's biggest lead at 28-10 with 7:49 remaining before halftime.
The Bulldogs went on a 7-0 scoring run to cut DSU's lead to 28-17 with 5:26 remaining in the first-half.
DSU held their double-digits lead for the rest of the first-half. Cameron Krump nailed down a lay-up as the halftime's buzzer sound to extend Trojans; lead to 37-22.
The Trojans shot 47.2 percent from the field (17-for-36) in the first twenty minutes of the game. DSU held the Bulldogs to 25 percent shooting from the field (8-for-32).
Benedictine started the second-half with an 11-5 scoring run to trim their deficit into single digit at 42-33 with 17:32 remaining in the game.
At 44-35, the Trojans went on an 11-2 scoring spurt to earn the game's biggest lead for the second time at 55-37 with less than 12 minutes left.
After DSU recorded their biggest lead of the game for the third time at 58-40, the Bulldogs used a 19-8 scoring run to trim Trojans' lead to 66-59 with 4:24 left in the game.
Dakota State secured the game by outscoring Benedictine 10-2 in the final 4:24.
Both teams scored 39 points in the second-half.
The Bulldogs were 13-for-28 from the field (46.4 percent) while DSU was 9-for-25 (36 percent) in the final twenty minutes of the game. The Trojans made 21 free-throws in 31 attempts (67.7 percent) compared to BU 9-for-16 from the free-throw line (56.3 percent) in the second-half.
Five players scored in double digits for the Trojans. Krump had 19 points on his 7-for-12 shooting from the field and made five free-throws. Marcus Smith added 12 points. Jordan Snyder scored 11 points off the bench. He was 4-for-5 from the field, including 1-for-2 from the 3-point line, and made two free-throws. Dylan Hale had 11 points.
Vinson grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds for the Trojans. Smith added nine rebounds. Snyder pulled down eight rebounds.
Justin Smith scored 17 points for the Bulldogs. He was 7-for-12 from the field. Cedric Smith had a double-double of 12 points and earned 10 rebounds. He recorded six steals. Nick Bennett had 11 points.
AJ Bates and Thomas Dillard each recorded six rebounds for BU.
The Trojans shot 42.6 percent overall from the field (26-for-61) compared to the Bulldogs' 21-for-60 (35 percent). DSU converted 21 free-throws in 34 attempts (61.8 percent), while the Bulldogs made 14 free-throws in 27 attempts (51.9 percent).
Benedictine outrebounded the Trojans 48-42.
The Bulldogs committed 20 turnovers while DSU had 14 turnovers in the game.
DSU played their first game of the three-game stand at the Corn Palace Friday night. The Trojans will face No. 19 Bellevue (Neb.) Saturday afternoon in the second day of the DWU/Fulton State Bank Classic. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. at the Corn Palace.
Dakota State is slated to play Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) on Wednesday night (Nov. 13) for DSU's third game at the Corn Palace.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director