November 29, 2013
FREMONT, Neb. – Dakota State continued their challenging men's basketball schedule Friday evening in the Draemel Classic, hosted by Midland (Neb.) at Events Center. The Trojans fell short in closing seconds to NAIA Division I nationally-ranked team Evangel (Mo.) by the score of 80-77.
Dakota State, No. 18 in the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Coaches' Preseason national poll, dipped their overall record to 4-4. Evangel, No. 9 in the NAIA Division I Men's Basketball poll, improved their overall record to 6-1.
It was the fourth time this month that the Trojans had played against a nationally-ranked team.
At 18-18 midway in the first-half, Dakota State went on a 7-2 scoring run to earn the biggest lead of the first-half at 25-20 with eight minutes and 19 seconds left.
The Crusaders answered back with a 7-2 run to tie the game at 27-27 with less than seven minutes remaining before intermission.
Evangel went on 6-0 scoring run in the final 3:27 to gain a 43-37 halftime lead.
The Crusaders shot 53.1 percent from the field (17-for-31) in the first-half compared to the Trojans' 38.7 percent (12-for-31). DSU was 5-for-15 from the 3-point line (33.3 percent), while Evangel was 4-for-11 (36.4 percent). The Trojans went to the free-throw line 11 times, making eight free-throws (72.7 percent). EU was 5-for-8 from the free-throw line (62.5 percent).
Dakota State started the second-half with a 10-4 scoring run to tie the game for the eighth time at 47-47 with 16:22 remaining.
Evangel went on an 11-4 run to earn the biggest lead of the game at 58-51 with 13:31 left in the game.
The Trojans would rally back to tie the game at 67-67 with 5:19 remaining (16-9 run).
Yusuf Vinson completed a 3-point play to tie the game for the tenth time at 75-75 with 1:23 left.
The Crusaders drained a 3-pointer by Zach Kleine with 1:07 left to give EU a 78-75 lead.
Vinson added a field goal to cut EU's lead to 78-77 with 52 seconds left.
Evangel missed a 3-pointer with 32 seconds remaining and was rebounded by DSU's Miguel Sansavour. The Trojans called a time out with 22.2 seconds left to set up the final possession of the game.
The Trojans could not convert their final possession scoring chance as Dylan Hale missed a jumper less than two seconds in the game.
Korry Tillery secured the game for the Crusaders by making two free-throws with 00.9 seconds left.
The Trojans outscored Evangel 40-37 in the second-half.
DSU was 44.4 percent from the field (16-for-36) in the final twenty minutes of the game. Evangel was 14-for-28 from the field (50 percent).
There were a total of 10 ties and 8 lead changes occurred in the game.
Hale scored 25 points for the Trojans. He was 8-for-18 from the field and 5-for-12 from the 3-point line. He made all four free-throw attempts. Vinson added 19 points on his 7-for-15 shooting and 4-for-4 from the free-throw line. Marcus Smith added nine points. Sansavour scored eight points off the bench.
Vinson and Hale each pulled down seven rebounds for DSU. Smith and Sansavour each added six rebounds.
Vinson and Robinson each recorded two steals for DSU. Vinson, Smith and Sansavour each had a blocked shot.
Kleine tallied a game-high 38 points for Evangel. He shot 15-for-22 from the field, 2-for-4 from the 3-point line and 6-for-7 from the free-throw line. JJ Williams added 16 points. Tillery had 11 points.
Tillery earned seven rebounds for the Crusaders. Kleine added six rebounds.
Williams dished out eight assists for EU. Brodie Wingert added seven assists. Billy Thompson II recorded five assists.
Tillery had two steals for Evangel.
The Crusaders shot 51.7 percent overall from the field (31-for-60) compared to the Trojans' 41.8 percent (28-for-67). DSU was 7-for-26 from the 3-point arc (26.9 percent), while EU was 5-for-19 (26.3 percent).
The Trojans converted 14 free-throws in 19 attempts (73.7 percent). Evangel was 13-for-18 from the free-throw line (72.2 percent).
Dakota State outrebounded the Crusaders 40-35 in the game.
Evangel dished out 24 assists compared to the Trojans' 17 assists. Both teams had three blocked shots.
Dakota State outscored the Crusaders 18-6 in second-chance points and 16-4 in bench points.
EU scored 40 points inside the paint compared to the Trojans' 38 points in the paint.
Dakota State looks to bounce back in the winning column as they play the host-team Midland (Neb.), No. 8 in the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Preseason Coaches' national poll, in the second day of the Draemel Classic. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. at Events Center in Fremont, Neb.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director