January 4, 2014
MADISON, S.D. – Nationally-ranked Midland (Neb.) shot 54.1 percent from the field in the first-half – including 6-for-10 from the 3-point line – Saturday evening and extended the winning streak by defeating Dakota State 83-65 in men's basketball non-conference action at DSU Fieldhouse.
The Trojans dropped their overall record to 7-9. Midland, No. 15 in the latest NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Poll, won their 12th straight game to raise their overall record to 15-1.
The game went through three ties and three lead changes in the first five minutes and 29 seconds.
With the score tied at 13-13, the Warriors went on a 13-1 scoring spurt to earn a 26-14 lead with 11:21 left in the first-half.
Midland maintained their double digit lead as they earned a 49-32 halftime advantage.
The Warriors shot 20-for-37 from the field in the first twenty minutes of the game compared to the Trojans 11-for-26 (42.3 percent).
The Trojans could get no closer than 14 points at 55-41 with 16:24 left to play as Midland secured the victory by maintaining double-digit lead in the second-half.
Midland outscored DSU 34-33 in the final twenty minutes of the game.
Dakota State shot 42.9 percent (9-for-21) in the second-half and 4-for-10 from the 3-point line (40 percent). The Trojans held the Warriors to 36.7 percent from the field in the second-half (11-for-30).
Dylan Hale led the Trojans with 20 points. He was 6-for-16 from the field and drained 4 3-pointers in 8 attempts. Hale was 4-for-6 from the free-throw line. Yusuf Vinson scored 12 points off the bench. He was 8-for-9 from the free-throw line.
Adam Hofer added eight points for DSU. Miguel Sansavour and March Smith each scored seven points. Taylor Zirbel had six points off the bench. Cameron Robinson had three points. Kevin Danielsen had two points.
Sansavour pulled down nine rebounds for the Trojans. Robinson had six rebounds. Vinson recorded four rebounds.
Robinson dished out eight assists for Dakota State. Hale and Smith each had two assists.
Sansavour recorded six blocks in the game for DSU. Hale and Zirbel each added a block.
Robinson stole the ball three times for the Trojans. Hale and Danielsen each had a steal.
Galen Gullie shot 8-for-13 from the field, including 4-for-6 from the 3-point arc, and made two free-throws to earn 22 points for the Warriors. Marcus Franklin added 15 points. DJ Vaughn had 11 points off the bench.
Montrel Billups had eight points and earned seven rebounds for MU. Alex Starkel scored nine points and grabbed five rebounds.
Gullie produced six assists and recorded five steals for Midland. Franklin added four assists.
The Warriors shout 46.3 percent overall from the field (31-for-67) compared to the Trojans' 42.6 percent (20-for-47). MU was 8-for-16 from the 3-point line (50 percent), while DSU was 8-for-21 (38.1 percent).
Dakota State went to the free-throw line 23 times, making 17 free-throws (73.9 percent). Midland was 13-for-17 from the free-throw line (76.5 percent).
MU outrebounded the Trojans 42-28 in the game. The Warriors earned 22 offensive rebounds and 20 defensive rebounds. The Trojans had 10 offensive rebounds and 18 defensive rebounds.
Midland outscored DSU 18-5 in points off turnovers and 21-7 in second-chance points.
Dakota State heads on the road Wednesday evening to face another nationally-ranked opponent. The Trojans visit No. 14 Bellevue (Neb.) in a non-conference game. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Gordon Lozier Athletic Center in Bellevue, Neb.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director