December 7, 2013
PHOTO GALLERY- Photos credit by Cody Welu
MADISON, S.D. – Dakota State was held to 21.3 percent overall shooting Saturday evening at DSU Fieldhouse as Morningside never trailed to the game to earn a 55-35 victory.
Dakota State dipped their overall record to 4-6. Morningside, a member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference, raised their overall record to 5-4.
The Trojans and Mustangs went through two ties in the first three minutes and 42 seconds of the game.
Knotted at 5-5, Morningside went on a 16-4 scoring spurt to earn a 21-9 lead with less than eight minutes left in the first-half.
Dakota State cut their deficit to six points at 23-17 with 1:25 remaining.
The Mustangs scored the final four points of the first-half to hold a 26-17 halftime lead, including a lay-up by Steve O'Neill as halftime buzzer sound.
Both teams struggled from the field in the first twenty minutes of the game, shooting below 30 percent. MC was 7-for-25 from the field (28 percent) compared to the Trojans' 22.2 percent (6-for-27). Morningside was 11-for-18 from the free-throw line (61.1 percent), while DSU made 4-of-9 free-throws (44.4 percent).
Morningside secured the victory as they held double-digits lead throughout the second-half.
Dakota State could get no closer than 11 points on two occasions – 31-20 with 15:24 left and 46-35 with 3:23 remaining in the game.
MC outscored the Trojans 29-18 in the final twenty minutes of the game. The Mustangs shot 58.8 percent in the second-half (10-for-17) compared to DSU 20 percent (4-for-20).
Yusuf Vinson led DSU with 14 points. He was 4-for-6 from the field, 2-for-3 from the 3-point line and made all four free-throw attempts. Dylan Hale added eight points. Cameron Robinson had five points. Marcus Smith, Jordan Snyder, Taylor Zirbel and Miguel Sansavour each recorded two points.
Cameron Krump grabbed eight rebounds for the Trojans. Sansavour added seven rebounds. Vinson had six rebounds.
Robinson dished out four assists for Dakota State. Hale added three assists.
Robinson recorded three steals for the Trojans.
Vinson, Krump and Zirbel each had a blocked shot.
Kyle Nikkel scored 20 points for the Mustangs on his 7-for-11 shooting from the field and 6-for-10 from the free-throw line. Danny Rudeen added 14 points, which nine points are from free-throws. Steve O'Neill had seven points.
O'Neill recorded five assists for MC. Rudeen added four assists.
Tanner Miller stole the ball three times for Morningside.
The Mustangs were 17-for-42 from the field in the game. DSU was 10-for-47 from the field.
The Trojans drained four 3-pointers in 19 attempts compared to MC 2-for-14 from the 3-point line.
Morningside went to the free-throw line 31 times, making 19 free-throws (61.3 percent). DSU was 11-for-19 from the free-throw line (57.9 percent).
DSU outrebounded the Mustangs 37-36.
The Trojans committed 30 turnovers in the game, while the Mustangs had 19 turnovers. MC outscored the Trojans 19-7 in points off turnovers.
Dakota State looks to end their losing skid as they head on the road Tuesday night. The Trojans travel to Ellendale, N.D. to take on Trinity Bible (N.D.). Tip-off from the Ray Ulmer Fieldhouse is set for 8 p.m.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director