December 12, 2013
Photos credit by Kaden Huntrods
MADISON, S.D. – Dakota State fell behind to start the men's basketball game versus Martin Luther (Minn.) Thursday evening at DSU Fieldhouse, trailing by eight points. The Trojans overcame their sluggish first-half by storming the Knights 54-20 in the second-half to gain an 83-44 victory. It was the second straight victory for DSU.
With the victory, Dakota State moved back to .500 with an overall record of 6-6. The Trojans improved their home record with a 4-1 record this season and recorded their 16th home victory in the last 19 games at DSU Fieldhouse.
Martin Luther remained winless in eight games this season (0-8).
After Cameron Krump made a lay-up (assisted by Marcus Smith) for DSU's first lead of the game at 2-0, the Knights went on a 12-2 run to earn an eight-point lead with fifteen minutes and 38 seconds left in the first-half (12-4 lead).
Trailing 20-12, the Trojans closed the first-half by outscoring MLC 17-4 in the final 7:06 to grab a 29-24 halftime lead.
DSU was 12-for-26 from the field (46.2 percent) in the first-half compared to the Knights' 11-for-29 (37.9 percent).
Martin Luther could get no closer than five points at 31-26 with 19:08 remaining in the game. From there, the Trojans stormed past the Knights with a 20-3 scoring spurt for 51-29 lead with 14:31 left.
Dakota State maintained their lead between 20- and 39-points for the rest of the game to secure the victory. The Knights did not make a field goal in the final 4:50 of the game.
The Trojans shot a blazing 66.7 percent from the field in the final twenty minutes of the game, missing only 10 shots from the field (20-for-30). DSU drained seven 3-pointers in the second-half and went 7-for-9 from the free-throw line.
MLC struggled from the field in the second-half, shooting 25.8 percent (8-for-31). The Knights made four free-throws in six attempts.
It was the lowest points total that DSU had gave up this season (44 points).
Every Trojan in the game had scored, including four DSU players scored in double digits. Krump scored a game-high 15 points on his 7-for-8 shooting from the field and made a free-throw. Smith added 12 points, including a perfect 3-for-3 from the 3-point arc.
Krump pulled down nine rebounds for DSU. Zirbel and Sansavour added five rebounds.
Dakota State recorded a season-high 25 team assists, led by Smith with nine assists. Robinson dished out six assists. Danielsen added four assists.
Robinson and Hofer each stole the ball three times for DSU. Danielsen and Hale each had two steals.
DSU's Sansavour had three blocked shots in the game. Zirbel, Smith and Hale each recorded a blocked shot.
Todd Brassow scored 14 points for the Knights. Galen Holzhueter and Luke Rothe each added 10 points.
Rothe had seven rebounds and recorded three assists for Martin Luther. Holzhueter had five rebounds. Craig Wilke recorded three assists.
Brassow stole the ball four times for the Knights.
The Trojans shot a sizzling 57.1 percent from the field (32-for-56) compared to the Knights' 31.7 percent (19-for-60).
DSU was 9-for-17 from beyond the 3-point line, shooting 52.9 percent. MLC did not make a 3-pointer in seven attempts.
Dakota State went to the free-throw line 13 times, making 10 free-throws (76.9 percent). Martin Luther was 6-for-8 from the free-throw line (75 percent).
The Trojans outrebounded the Knights 37-32. DSU scored MLC 15-4 in second-chance points.
DSU's bench scored 25 points compared to Martin Luther 4 points from the bench. The Trojans outscored the Knights 40-20 inside the paint.
Dakota State remains home on Tuesday night as they welcome AIB College of Business (Iowa). Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at DSU Fieldhouse in Madison.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director