November 13, 2013
MITCHELL, S.D. – The Dakota State University men's basketball team made their third straight trip to the Corn Palace Wednesday evening for a match-up with long-time rival Dakota Wesleyan. The Trojans rallied back late in the second-half after trailing by 17 points, but fell short to the Tigers by the score of 85-76.
Dakota State, No. 18 in the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Preseason Coaches' national poll, dropped their overall record to 3-2. Dakota Wesleyan ended their six-game home stand with a 4-2 record.
Both team struggled in the opening minutes of the game. Yusuf Vinson drained a 3-pointer with seventeen minutes and 40 seconds left in the first-half to give DSU a 3-0 lead.
The first 12:32 of the game saw 5 ties and 11 lead changes between Dakota State and Dakota Wesleyan.
At 23-23, Dakota Wesleyan went on a 14-4 scoring run to grab a 10-point lead at 37-27 with 1:04 remaining before halftime.
The Trojans would closed the first-half by scoring four straight points from a pair of lay-ups from Vinson and Marcus Smith to cut DWU's lead to 37-31 at halftime.
Dakota Wesleyan shot 45.2 percent from the field (14-for-31) in the first twenty minutes of the game. DSU was 37.5 percent from the field (12-for-32). Both team made four 3-pointers. DWU was 5-for-7 (71.4 percent) from the free-throw line compared to the Trojans' 3-for-6 (50 percent).
DWU outscored the Trojans 22-11 to kick off the second-half. The Tigers' lead grew to the biggest lead of the game at 59-42 with 12:41 remaining.
Trailing 75-63 with less than four minutes left, the Trojans put together a 13-4 scoring run to trim DWU's lead to 79-76 with 1:02 remaining.
Dakota Wesleyan sealed the game by scoring by converting six free-throws by Tate Martin in the final 53 seconds of the game.
DWU outscored the Trojans 48-45 in the second-half. DSU was 45.2 percent from the field (14-for-31) compared to the Tigers' 40.6 percent (13-for-32). DWU converted 18 free-throws in 22 attempts in the final twenty minutes of the game, while DSU was 10-for-14 from the free-throw line.
Dylan Hale led the Trojans with 24 points. He was 8-for-14 from the field, including 6-for-11 from the 3-point arc. Vinson added 22 points from his 9-for-18 shooting from the field and converted all three free-throw attempts. Smith had 16 points.
Smith and Vinson each grabbed eight rebounds for DSU. Cameron Robinson had six rebounds.
Robinson dished out five assists for the Trojans. Hale added four assists and recorded three steals. Smith had three assists.
Jalen Voss recorded a double-double of 33 points and earned 13 boards for DWU. He was 11-for-21 from the field and went 11-for-12 from the free-throw line. Trae Bergh added 19 points. Martin had 15 points.
Martin produced nine assists and stole the ball three times for the Tigers.
DWU shot 42.9 percent overall from the field (27-for-63) compared to the Trojans' 41.3 percent (26-for-63). The Trojans drained 11 3-pointers in 24 attempts (45.8 percent), while the Tigers were 8-for-30 from the 3-point arc.
Dakota Wesleyan went to the free-throw line 29 times, making 23 free-throws in the game (79.3 percent). DSU was 13-for-20 from the free-throw line (65 percent).
The Trojans outrebounded DWU 43-38.
Dakota State steps aside their regular-season play on Friday night. The Trojans play an exhibition game against NCAA Division II and Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference member Northern State (S.D.). Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. at Wachs Arena in Aberdeen, S.D.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director