December 30, 2013
Photos credits by Kaden Huntrods and Donald Weidler
MADISON, S.D. – Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) drained 13 3-pointers Monday evening to defeat Dakota State (S.D.) in long-time men's basketball rival battle by the score of 80-72 at DSU Fieldhouse. Despite the loss, the Trojans shot 47.5 percent overall from the field as DWU swept the season series.
Dakota State dropped their overall record to 7-8. Dakota Wesleyan, a member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC), lifted their record to 9-7.
The Tigers went 5-for-11 from the 3-point line to earn a 23-10 lead with ten minutes and 56 seconds left in the first-half. DSU did not make a 3-pointer in four attempts.
The Trojans held DWU to no points for the next ten-plus minutes. DSU went on to score 13 straight points to knot the game at 23-23 with 2:38 remaining before halftime.
DWU closed the first-half by outscoring the Trojans 9-2 to gain a 32-25 halftime lead.
Dakota State shot 47.8 percent overall from the field (11-for-23) in the first twenty minutes of the game. DWU was 30 percent from the field (12-for-40), but made 6 3-pointers in 19 attempts (31.6 percent). The Tigers had 15 offensive rebounds, while DSU had 3 offensive rebounds in the first-half.
Dakota Wesleyan kicked off the second-half with a 16-6 scoring run to earn the biggest lead of the game at 48-31 with 15:27 left in the game.
The Trojans answered back with a 10-0 scoring run to cut DWU's lead to 48-41 with less than 13 minutes remaining.
The Tigers maintained their lead for the rest of the game to secure the victory.
DSU attempted a furious comeback in the final minute of the game. The Trojans could get no closer than six points (78-72) after Dylan Hale's 3-pointer with seven seconds left in the game.
DWU closed the game as Trae Bergh nailed down two free-throws.
The Tigers scored 48 points in the second-half, while DSU scored 47 points.
The Trojans shot 47.4 percent from the field (18-for-38) in the final twenty minutes of the game compared to DWU 45.2 percent (14-for-31). The Tigers were 7-for-14 from the 3-point line (50 percent), while DSU was 5-for-14 (35.7 percent). DWU went to the free-throw line 17 times, converting 13 free-throws (76.5 pc. DSU was 6-for-10 from the free-throw line (60 percent).
Hale came off the bench to score a season-high 27 points for the Trojans. He was 10-for-18 from the field, including 4-for-8 from the 3-point arc and made three free-throws in four attempts. Miguel Sansavour added 16 points on his 7-for-10 shooting from the field.
Yusuf Vinson had a double-double of 13 points (6-for-9 field goals) and pulled down 12 rebounds for DSU. Cameron Robinson added seven points. Adam Hofer scored five points. Marcus Smith had four points.
Sansavour grabbed eight rebounds and recorded two blocked shots for Dakota State. Hale added seven rebounds.
Robinson dished out seven assists for the Trojans. Hofer added four assists.
Vinson stole the ball two times for DSU.
Bergh had 24 points for the Tigers. He was 6-for-14 from the field, 5-for-11 from the 3-point line and 7-for-10 from the free-throw line. Kris Menning made five 3-pointers for 15 points.
Jalen Voss and Tate Martin each recorded a double-double in the game for DWU. Voss scored 18 points and earned 12 boards. Martin had 11 points and recorded 10 assists.
Dakota State shot 29-for-61 overall from the field (47.5 percent) compared to DWU 26-for-71 (36.6 percent). The Tigers were 13-for-33 from the 3-point line (39.4 percent), while DSU was 5-for-19 from the 3-point arc (26.3 percent).
Dakota Wesleyan went to the free-throw line 20 times, making 15 free-throws (75 percent). DSU was 9-for-14 from the free-throw line (64.3 percent).
The Tigers outrebounded the Trojans 44-36. DWU had 21 offensive rebounds and 23 defensive rebounds. DSU earned 10 offensive rebounds and 26 defensive rebounds.
Dakota State outscored DWU 42-22 inside the paint and 27-8 in bench points.
The Trojans look to bounce back in the winning column as they face another opponent from the GPAC on Saturday evening. DSU welcomes No. 15 Midland (Neb.) in a non-conference game at DSU Fieldhouse. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director