November 25, 2013
MANKATO, Minn. – The Dakota State University men's basketball team played their second straight exhibition game against NCAA Division II and Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference foe Monday night. The Trojans, ranked No. 18 in the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Coaches' Preseason Poll, only trailed by two points at halftime (37-35), but No. 12 Minnesota State-Mankato used a strong second-half surge to defeat DSU 95-71 at Taylor Center.
Dakota State stayed at 4-3 overall record. Minnesota State-Mankato completed their non-conference schedule with a 6-1 overall record and heads to NSIC conference play for their remaining games on their schedule.
At 7-7, the Mavericks went on a 13-2 scoring run to open up a 20-9 lead with thirteen minutes and nine seconds left in the first-half.
The Trojans answered back by outscoring MSUM 22-11 run to tie the game at 31-31 with less than three minutes left before halftime.
The Mavericks held a slim two-point halftime lead at 37-35. There were a total of six times in the first twenty minutes of the game.
Dakota State was 15-for-34 from the field (44.1 percent) in the first-half. The Trojans held the Mavericks to 33.3 percent shooting (11-for-33). Both teams made four 3-pointers in the first-half. MSUM went to the free-throw line 13 times, making 11 free-throws (84.6 percent). DSU was 1-for-2 from the free-throw line.
The Trojans outscored MSUM 16-6 inside the paint in the first-half.
Minnesota State-Mankato kicked off the second-half with a 24-6 scoring run to grab a 20-point lead (61-41) with 13:06 remaining in the game.
The Trojans could get no closer than 12 points at 65-53 with 10:03 left as MSUM secured the victory by holding a double-digit lead for the rest of the game.
The Mavericks outscored Dakota State 58-36 in the second-half. Minnesota State-Mankato shot 58.5 percent from the field (24-for-41), including 8-for-13 from the 3-point line (61.5 percent). DSU was 11-for-22 from the field (50 percent) and 5-for-14 from the 3-point arc (35.7 percent).
Dylan Hale led the Trojans with 15 points. Yusuf Vinson added 14 points on his 5-for-10 shooting from the field, including 4-for-6 from the 3-point line. Marcus Smith scored 10 points off the bench. Miguel Sansavour had nine points.
Sansavour grabbed six rebounds for the Trojans. He recorded three blocked shots. Vinson had five rebounds.
Zach Romashko tallied 26 points for the Mavericks. He was 10-for-14 from the field and 6-for-8 from the 3-point arc. Connor O'Brien added 17 points. Zach Monaghan had a double-double of 14 points and recorded 10 assists.
Tanner Adler scored 16 points off the bench for MSUM.
Gage Wooten pulled down 14 rebounds for Minnesota State-Mankato. Romashko added nine rebounds.
The Mavericks shot 47.3 percent overall from the field (35-for-74) compared to the Trojans' 46.4 percent (26-for-56). MSUM was 12-for-27 from the 3-point line (44.4 percent), while DSU was 9-for-26 (34.6 percent).
Minnesota State-Mankato was 13-for-15 from the free-throw line (86.7 percent). Dakota State converted 10 free-throws in 13 attempts (76.9 percent).
The Mavericks outrebounded the Trojans 44-28 in the game. MSUM had 17 offensive rebounds compared to DSU 5 offensive rebounds.
Minnesota State-Mankato outscored DSU 22-4 in points off turnovers and 21-10 in second-chance points.
Dakota State returns back to regular-season action this weekend. The Trojans compete in the Draemel Classic, hosted by Midland (Neb.). DSU will play a pair of NAIA's 'Top 10' teams in the classic, starting with No. 9 Evangel (Mo.) (NAIA Division I basketball team). Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. at Midland Events Center in Fremont, Neb.
The Trojans will face No. 8 Midland (Neb.) (NAIA Division II basketball team) in the second day of the classic on Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m.