December 17, 2013
Photos credit by Kaden Huntrods
MADISON, S.D. – Dakota State (S.D.) shot a blazing 59.1 percent overall from the field Tuesday evening as the Trojans soared past AIB (Iowa) 101-69 in a non-conference men's basketball game at DSU Fieldhouse. It was the third straight victory for the Trojans.
DSU recorded their 17th home victory in the last 20 games at DSU Fieldhouse, including a 5-1 home record this season. The Trojans improved their overall record to 7-6, while AIB dropped their overall record to 0-12.
Dakota State won all four meetings with the Eagles in series meeting history, which began during the 2011-12 season.
Knotted at 8-8 with seventeen minutes and 15 seconds in the first-half. Dakota State went on to score 10 straight points in a span of four minutes to earn an 18-8 lead.
The Trojans maintained their double digits lead as they raced to a 50-36 halftime lead over the Eagles.
Dakota State shot 55.9 percent from the field (19-for-34) in the first twenty minutes of the game compared to AIB 37.8 percent (14-for-37). The Trojans were 4-for-6 from the 3-point line (66.7 percent), while the Eagles were 7-for-16 from the 3-point arc (43.8 percent).
DSU kicked off the second-half as they made the first four shots – three from beyond the 3-point line – as their lead grew to 61-36 with 17:38 left in the game (11-0 scoring run).
AIB could get no closer than 21 points at 68-47 with 14:28 left. The Trojans had their largest lead of the game on two occasions – 97-63 with 2:45 left and 101-67 with 38 seconds remaining.
Dakota State dominated the second-half by shooting a sizzling 62.5 percent from the field, converting 20 baskets in 32 attempts. The Trojans were 8-for-13 from the 3-point line (61.5 percent). AIB struggled from the field in the second-half, shooting 33.3 percent (13-for-39) and 3-for-8 from the 3-point line (37.5 percent).
The Trojans outscored the Eagles 51-33 in the second-half. It was the second time in the last three games that DSU had hit the century mark (defeated at Trinity Bible, N.D. 115-70 on Dec. 10).
Five DSU players scored in double digits.
Miguel Sansavour posted season-highs in points and rebounds as he recorded a double-double for the Trojans. He scored 25 points on his 11-for-14 shooting from the field and made three free-throws. Sansavour pulled down a game-high 19 rebounds, which he is tied for fourth most rebounds in a single game in Trojan men's basketball record book.
Dylan Hale added 22 points as he was 8-for-13 from the field, including 3-for-5 from the 3-point line for DSU. He made three-throws. Marcus Smith went 5-for-8 from the field for 13 points as he was perfect from the 3-point line (3-for-3). Yusuf Vinson had 13 points.
Taylor Zirbel had season-highs 10 points and earned seven rebounds off the bench for Dakota State. He was 5-for-8 from the field. Cameron Robinson and Adam Hofer each added eight points. Kevin Danielsen scored two points.
Vinson earned eight rebounds for the Trojans. Hale added seven rebounds. Sansavour recorded four blocked shots. Zirbel had a block.
Robinson dished out nine assists for DSU. Hale recorded seven assists. Smith and Hofer each had four assists.
Vinson and Hale each had three steals for Dakota State.
Brandon Eley tallied 14 points on his 6-for-14 shooting from the field for AIB. Brandon Rosales added 12 points. Darryl Stewart had 11 points.
Jace Ver Steeg led the Eagles with eight rebounds and two blocked shots. Eley added seven rebounds.
Tre Brown recorded five assists for AIB. Eley stole the ball three times.
Dakota State made 39 field goals in 66 attempts (59.1 percent). It was the third straight games that the Trojans had shot above 50 percent. AIB was 35.5 percent overall shooting from the field, converting 27 field goals in 76 attempts.
DSU drained a season-high 12 3-pointers in the game. In addition, the Trojans posted a season-high 63.2 percent shooting from the 3-point line (12-for-19). AIB was 10-for-24 from the 3-point arc (41.7 percent).
The Trojans went to the free-throw line 23 times, making 11 free-throws (47.8 percent). The Eagles were 5-for-7 from the free-throw line (71.4 percent).
Dakota State outrebounded AIB 51-36 in the game.
DSU produced a season-high 27 team assists in the game compared to the Eagles' 16 assists.
The Trojans outscored AIB 21-4 in fast-break points. DSU dominated inside the paint, outscoring the Eagles 50-24.
Dakota State looks to extend their winning streak on Saturday afternoon. The Trojans visit Waldorf (Iowa) at Hanson Fieldhouse. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. in Forest City, Iowa.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director