December 26, 2013
THIS WEEK: The Dakota State University Trojan men's basketball team (7-7 overall record) returns home for a pair of games versus members of the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC). The Trojans play the final game of 2013 on Monday night as they host their long-time rival Dakota Wesleyan (8-7). DSU kicks off their 2014 schedule by welcoming No. 15 Midland (Neb.) (13-1) on Saturday, Jan. 4. Both games are scheduled to be played at DSU Fieldhouse with the starting time at 7 p.m.
TROJANS HIT SEASON HIGHS: Dakota State recorded a season home high at DSU Fieldhouse in points with 101 in a victory over AIB (Iowa) on Dec. 17. In addition, the Trojans produced season-highs with 27 assists,12 3-pointers and 3-point field goal percentage of 63.2 in 101-69 rout over the Eagles. Individually, Miguel Sansavour and Taylor Zirbel each had season-highs in points and rebounds. Sansavour scored 25 points and earned 19 rebounds while Zirbel had 10 points and pulled down 7 rebounds off the bench.
HOME RECORD AT DSU FIELDHOUSE: The Trojans are 5-1 at home this season with the lone home defeat to Morningside (Iowa) on Dec. 7. Dakota State had won 17 of the last 20 home games at DSU Fieldhouse after a pair of home victories over Martin Luther (Minn.) on Dec. 12 and AIB (Iowa) on Dec. 17. The Trojans are 42-19 at home during head coach Gary Garner's coaching era at Dakota State (68.9 winning percentage).
SEARCHING FOR CAREER WIN No. 450: Dakota State's head coach Gary Garner is seeking for his 450th career collegiate coaching victory. He is currently at 449-360 career overall coaching records that included victories at Southeast Missouri State, Fort Hays State (Kan.), Drake (Iowa) and Missouri Southern. Garner's overall record at Dakota State is76-61, a winning percentage of 55.5 percent.
DOMINANCE ON BOARDS: The Trojans continue their dominance on the boards this season. According to the NAIA-DakStats statistical website as of Thursday, Dakota State is ranked seventh in the nation in total rebounds per game (44.0) and ninth in defensive rebounds per game (30.0). The Trojans are 14th in the nation in total rebound margin (+7.3) and 16th in offensive rebounds per game (14.0). Yusuf Vinson ranks 22nd in offensive rebounds per game (3.3) and total rebounds (119). He is 29th in 31st in total rebounds per game (8.5).
TROJANS DEFENSE RANKS: Dakota State held their opponents to 39.9 percent shooting from the field, which is 10th-best in the nation. The Trojans are ranked No. 18th in 3-point field goal percentage defense (30.7) and 19th in total steals (120). DSU is allowing their opponents to 68.9 points per game, ranking the Trojans No. 21st in the nation. Dakota State is 7-0 this season while holding their opponents to 40 percent or worse shooting from the field. DSU is also 5-2 this season while allowing their opponents to 69 points or lower.
BLAZING OFFENSE: The Trojans had scored 70 points or more in 11 games out of 14 games played this season. On Dec. 17, DSU scored more than 100 points for the second time during the 2013-14 season (115 points at Trinity Bible, N.D. on Dec. 10). The Trojans are 42nd in the nation in scoring offense with a total of 1,090 points this season. DSU drained a total of 108 3-pointers, which ranks 27th in the nation (7.7 3-pointers made per game—34th in the nation).
LAST TIME OUT: DSU split a pair of games last week. The Trojans shot a sizzling 59.1 percent overall from the field in 101-69 home victory over AIB (Iowa) on Dec. 17 at DSU Fieldhouse. Dakota State came up short in 89-80 road defeat at Waldrof (Iowa) on Dec. 21 after holding a slim two-point halftime lead. Dakota Wesleyan extended their winning streak to three games after a pair of road victories at Presentation (S.D.) 88-53 on Dec. 18 and at Concordia (Neb.) 88-56 on Dec. 20. Midland, which haven't lost since Nov. 16 versus Dordt (Iowa), won a pair of games against ranked teams in the Cruisin' Classic in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The Warriors defeated No. 7 Indiana Wesleyan 85-81 on Dec. 18 and No. 19 Saint Thomas (Fla.) 60-48 on Dec. 19.
LAST MEETING: Dakota Wesleyan won the last meeting with the Trojans on Nov. 13 at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, S.D. The Tigers jumped to a 17-point lead, but DSU rallied back to cut DWU's lead to three points with a minute left in the game. DWU held on to the victory by scoring the game's final six points (all from free-throws) for an 85-76 victory. Midland won the last meeting with the Trojans on Nov. 30 as part of Draemel Classic. The Warriors shot 78.3 percent from the field in the first-half, including 7-for-9 from the 3-point line, to defeat DSU by the score of 84-69 in Fremont, Neb.
TEAM LEADERS: Yusuf Vinson averages 15.1 points per game for the Trojans this season. He shoots 53 percent from the field. Vinson records 119 total rebounds and averages 8.5 rebounds per game. He records eight blocked shots (0.6 blocked shots per game). Adam Hofer leads the team with 31 assists (2.8 assists per game). Dylan Hale averages 1.9 steals per game, ranking him 48th in the nation. He is 41st in the nation in total steals with 24 steals.
WATCH & LISTEN: Dakota State will be providing a free live/audio broadcast. Jon Hunter, Voice of the Trojans, will be providing live play-by-play on the live video webcast on http://streaming.dsu.edu/Athletics. The links are also available on www.dsuathletics.com in the rotating/scrolling calendar of events under the news articles.
LIVE STATS/PLAY-BY-PLAY: Dakota State will have live stats/play-by-play for both home games this week. Check on http://www.dakstats.com/WebSync/Pages/Team/TeamPage.aspx?association=10&sg=MBB&sea=NAIMBB_2013&team=507 and click on the letter 'W' to view the live stats/play-by-play. The links are also available on www.dsuathletics.com in the rotating/scrolling calendar of events under the news articles.
STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Dakota State men's basketball and athletics all season long on www.dsuathletics.com. The Trojans are also on Twitter, just log onto www.twitter.com/GoDaSUAthletics. The Dakota State University Athletics group page can be found on Facebook on https://www.facebook.com/DSUTrojanAthletics.
UP NEXT: Dakota State heads on the road on Wednesday, Jan. 8 to visit the nationally-ranked Bellevue (Neb.) . Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at Gordon Lozier Athletic Center in Bellevue, Neb.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director