December 21, 2013
Photo credit by Kaden Huntrods
FOREST CITY, Iowa – Dakota State earned a slim two-point halftime lead Saturday afternoon over Waldorf (Iowa) in a non-conference men's basketball game at Hanson Fieldhouse. The Warriors outscored the Trojans 50-39 in the final twenty minutes of the game to earn an 89-80 victory.
Dakota State fell back to .500 with an overall record of 7-7. Waldorf, a member of Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference (MCAC), improved their overall record to 5-4.
The game was knotted at 5-all with sixteen minutes and 49 seconds in the first-half. From there, the Trojans went on to score nine consecutive points by three different scorers (Miguel Sansavour, Yusuf Vinson and Adam Hofer) to earn a 14-5 lead over the Warriors with 14:27 remaining before intermission.
WC responded back with an 11-2 scoring spurt to tie the game at 16-16 with 10 minutes left in the first-half.
At 20-20, the Warriors outscored the Trojans 13-4 to grab a 33-24 lead with 5:38 remaining before halftime.
Dakota State closed the first half by using a 17-5 scoring run to regain a 41-39 intermission lead.
DSU was 43.8 percent from the field (14-for-32) in the first twenty minutes of the game compared to the Warriors' 40 percent (14-for-35). WC was 6-for-16 from the 3-point line (37.5 percent), while the Trojans were 1-for-10 from the 3-point arc (10 percent).
The Trojans nailed down 12 free-throws in 14 attempts (85.7 percent) in the first-half. WC made all five free-throw attempts.
After the seventh tie of the game recorded at 45-45 with 17:23 left, the Warriors went on a 19-10 scoring run in a span of seven minutes to earn a 66-55 lead.
DSU answered back with a 12-2 scoring run to cut Waldorf's lead to 68-67 with 6:39 remaining.
The Warriors secured the game by recording the biggest lead of the game at 84-72 with 2:31 left in the game (16-5 scoring run).
The Trojans could get no closer than seven points at 87-80 with 29 seconds remaining.
Waldorf shot 54.3 percent from the field (19-for-35) in the second-half, including 5-for-9 from the 3-point line (55.6 percent). DSU was 43.3 percent from the field (13-for-30) and 5-for-13 from the 3-point arc (38.5 percent).
There were 11 lead changes and 7 ties in the game.
Four players recorded in double digits for the Trojans. Vinson and Sansavour each had 20 points. Vinson was 7-for-15 from the field and made all six free-throws. Sansavour made seven field goals in 10 attempts and converted six free-throws in nine attempts.
Hofer added 14 points for Dakota State. Marcus Smith scored 13 points. Both Hofer and Smith went 5-for-12 from the field.
DSU's Sansavour recorded a double-double in the game as he earned 12 rebounds. Smith had six rebounds.
Smith and Hofer each produced three assists for the Trojans.
Robinson stole the ball four times in the game for Dakota State. Sansavour had two blocked shots. Robinson, Vinson and Zirbel each added a blocked shot.
Gunsby DeJohnett and Erik Brewer each had 15 points for Waldorf. Aaron Carpenter scored 12 points off the bench. Teddy Gibson and Jordan Nelson each had 11 points.
Nelson pulled down eight rebounds for the Warriors. DeJohnett added five rebounds.
Grant Kaufman dished out five assists for WC. Brewer recorded three steals.
The Warriors shot 47.1 percent overall from the field (33-for-70) compared to the Trojans' 43.5 percent (27-for-62). Waldorf drained 11 3-pointers in 25 attempts (44 percent), while DSU went 6-for-23 from the 3-point line (26.1 percent).
Dakota State made 20 free-throws in 23 tries (87 percent). Waldorf was 12-for-17 from the free-throw line (70.6 percent).
Both teams had 38 rebounds in the game.
Dakota State will take a week off before returning back to action. The Trojans return home to kick-off their two-game home stand against a pair of Great Plains Athletic Conference foes. DSU welcomes their long-time rival Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) on Monday, Dec. 30. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at DSU Fieldhouse.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director