November 30, 2013
FREMONT, Neb. – Midland (Neb.) shot a sizzling 78.3 percent from the field (18-for-23) in the first-half, including 7-for-9 from the 3-point line, to defeat Dakota State 84-69 on the second day of Draemel Classic Saturday afternoon at Events Center.
Dakota State, ranked No. 18 in the NAIA Division II dropped their overall record to 4-5. Midland, ranked No. 8 in the national poll, won their fifth straight game to improve their record to 8-1.
The Trojans earned the first lead of the game at 2-0 after Marcus Smith nailed down a jumper with nineteen minutes and 44 seconds on the clock.
Both teams traded leads five times in the opening minutes of the game.
Trailing 7-6, the Warriors went on a 12-4 scoring run to earn a 18-11 lead with 14 minutes left in the first-half.
DSU answered back with an 8-2 spurt to cut Midland's lead to 20-19 with 11:30 remaining before halftime.
The Warriors used a 23-11 scoring run in span of eight minutes to earn a 43-30 lead.
After Yusuf Vinson nailed down a basket to cut DSU's deficit to 47-37, Galen Gullie drained a 3-pointer as the halftime buzzer to extend MU's lead to 50-37.
Midland only missed five baskets in the first-half to record a 78.3 field goal percentage. DSU was 14-for-30 from the field (46.7 percent).
The Warriors drained seven 3-pointers in nine attempts (77.8 percent) in the first twenty minutes of the game, while the Trojans were 5-for-14 from the 3-point line.
MU opened the second-half by scoring 10 straight points to earn their biggest lead of the game at 60-37 with 17:10 left. The Warriors also recorded their biggest lead at 64-41 with less than 14 minutes left.
Midland maintained their double-digit lead for the rest of the second-half. The Trojans could get no closer than 15 points (which was the final score of 84-69).
DSU shot 37.9 percent from the field (11-for-29) in the second-half compared to the Warriors' 41.7 percent (10-for-24). Midland was 12-for-17 from the free-throw line, while the Trojans were 9-for-17 at the free-throw line in the final twenty minutes of the game.
Vinson scored 18 points off the bench for Dakota State. He was 6-for-11 from the field and converted six free-throws in nine attempts. Smith added 17 points on his 6-for-13 shooting from the field and three free-throws. Cameron Robinson and Miguel Sansavour each had eight points. Dylan Hale and Ryan McCutcheon each had six points.
Jordan Snyder pulled down eight rebounds for the Trojans. Vinson added seven boards.
Smith and McCutcheon each led DSU with two assists.
Ben Imig tallied 18 points for the Warriors. He was 5-for-8 from the field, including 4-for-5 beyond the 3-point line. Alex Starkel added 18 points from the bench on his 7-for-10 shooting from the field and made all four free-throws. Gullie had 15 points.
Marcus Franklin scored 10 points and dished out seven assists for the Warriors.
Franklin and Starkel each recorded four rebounds for MU.
Midland shot 59.6 percent overall from the field (28-for-47) compared to the Trojans' 42.4 percent (25-for-59). The Warriors were 9-for-16 from the 3-point arc (56.3 percent), while DSU was 6-for-25 (24 percent).
MU went to the free-throw line 27 times, making 19 free-throws (70.4 percent). Dakota State was 13-for-24 from the free-throw line (54.2 percent).
The Trojans outrebounded the Warriors 35-20 in the game. DSU grabbed 20 offensive boards compared to the Warriors' 4 offensive rebounds.
It was DSU's second straight game that they faced a NAIA 'Top 10 team (Trojans lost to NAIA Division I No. 9 Evangel 80-77 on Friday night). In addition, DSU played a total of five regular-season games during the month of November against ranked teams with four teams from NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Coaches' Preseason national poll.
Dakota State will step aside their regular-season play on Wednesday evening. The Trojans play their final exhibition game of the season against NCAA Division I South Dakota State. Tip-off from the Frost Arena in Brookings, S.D. is set for 7 p.m.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director