January 6, 2014
MADISON, S.D. – Dylan Hale of Dakota State (S.D.) was selected to the first-ever North Star Athletic Association Men's Basketball Player-of-the-Week, announced Monday.
Hale – a 6-foot-2-inch guard from St. Paul, Minn. – scored at least 20 points in a pair of games last week, despite losing to a pair of Great Plains Athletic Conference foes at DSU Fieldhouse. He scored a season-high 27 points off the bench in 80-72 loss to long-time rival Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) on Dec. 30. Hale was 10-for-18 from the field and converted 3-of-4 free-throws. He added 20 points in 83-65 home loss to No. 15 Midland (Neb.) on Jan. 4. Hale was 4-for-8 from the 3-point line in each game.
For the week, Hale averaged 23.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.0 assist and 1.0 steal per game. He was 16-for-34 from the field (47.1 percent), including draining 8 3-pointers in 16 attempts (50 percent). He was 7-for-10 from the free-throw line.
According to the DakStats-NAIA statistical website as of Monday, Hale ranks 33rd in the nation in 3-point field goal made per game (2.6) and 39th in total 3-point field goals made (39). In addition, he ranks 45th in the nation in total steals with 26 steals.
Dylan is the son of Arthur Hale and Chris Tholkes. He is a senior General Studies major at Dakota State University.
Dakota State (7-9 overall record) heads on the road Wednesday evening. The Trojans will face a nationally-ranked team – No. 14 Bellevue (Neb.) – at Gordon Lozier Athletic Center in Bellevue, Neb. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. in Bellevue, Neb.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director