November 15, 2013
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Trailing as many as 19 points Friday night at Wachs Arena, the Dakota State University men's basketball mounted a comeback late in the second-half for their first lead of the game over NCAA Division II Northern State in DSU's exhibition game. The Trojans fall short for an upset bid to the Wolves by the score of 93-90.
Dakota State, No. 18 in the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Preseason Coaches' national poll, remained at 3-2 overall record. Northern State, a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, raised their record to 3-1.
Seth Bachnad scored four straight points to give Wolves a 4-0 lead with eighteen minutes and 16 seconds. Jordan Snyder of DSU made a lay-up with 18:01 left in the first-half for Trojans' first points of the game (NSU leads 4-2).
At 18-16, Northern State scored eight straight points to earn a 10-point lead at 26-16 with 10:27 remaining in the game.
The Wolves' lead continued to grow to the biggest lead of the game at 42-23 with 4:12 left before intermission.
Dakota State closed the first-half with a 13-6 scoring run as NSU held a 48-36 halftime lead.
Northern State shot 57.6 percent from the field (19-for-33) compared to the Trojans' 41.2 percent (14-for-34) in the first-half.
The Wolves held on to their lead for the majority of the second-half. The Trojans were able to get within five points at 69-64 with 10:30 remaining in the game.
A 3-pointer by Dylan Hale gave the Trojans' their first lead of the game at 81-79 with 4:38 left.
At 88-88, Cameron Krump nailed down two free-throws to give DSU a 90-88 lead with 1:35 remaining in the game.
Skye Warwick drained a 3-pointer as the Wolves regained their lead to 91-90 with 1:24 left.
A free-throw by Darin Peterka extended NSU's lead to 92-90 with 30 seconds remaining.
The Trojans could not convert their opportunities to tie or regain their lead as they missed two shots in the final 14 seconds of the game.
Northern State secured the game as Bachand added a free-throw with three seconds left in the game.
DSU outscored the Wolves 54-45 in the final twenty minutes of the game. The Trojans shot a sizzling 66.7 percent from the field (18-for-27), including 8-for-11 from behind the 3-point line (72.7 percent). NSU was 14-for-28 from the field (50 percent) in the second-half.
Hale scored the game-high 31 points for the Trojans. He was 10-for-17 from the field and drained seven 3-pointers in 11 attempts. Krump added 11 points on his perfect 4-for-4 shooting from the field. Adam Hofer and Vinson each added 10 points. Ryan McCutcheon scored nine points off the bench. Cameron Robinson added eight points.
Vinson grabbed nine rebounds for the Trojans. Hale added four rebounds. Hofer, Krump, McCutcheon and Snyder each had three rebounds.
Robinson produced six assists for Dakota State. Marcus Smith and Vinson each added four assists.
Hale stole the ball four times in the game for the Trojans.
Bachand had 17 points for the Wolves. He was 4-for-7 from the field and converted nine free-throws in 11 attempts. Warwick added 16 points. Peterka had 14 points off the bench. Jared Hannigan had 12 points. Michael Schrieber had 11 points.
Schreiber earned eight rebounds for NSU. Bachand added seven rebounds.
Trent Zomer dished out five assists for Northern State. Mitch White had two blocked shots.
The Wolves shot 54.1 percent overall from the field (33-for-61) compared to the Trojans' 52.5 percent (32-for-61). Dakota State drained 13 3-pointers in 26 attempts (50 percent), while NSU was 9-for-26 from the 3-point line (34.6 percent).
DSU converted 13 free-throws in 16 attempts (81.3 percent). Northern State was 18-for-24 from the free-throw line (75 percent).
The Trojans outrebouned the Wolves 31-29 in the game.
Dakota State returns back to regular-season action Saturday night. The Trojans host Trinity Bible (N.D.) in a non-conference game at DSU Fieldhouse. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director