January 8, 2013
BELLEVUE, Neb. – The Dakota State University men's basketball team faced a nationally-ranked opponent for the seventh time this season Wednesday evening at Gordon Lozier Athletic Center. Bellevue (Neb.) used a strong first-half finish and defeated the Trojans by the score of 89-64.
Dakota State lost their fourth straight game and fell to 7-10 overall record. Bellevue – No. 9 in the latest NAIA Division II Men's Basketball national poll – improved their overall record to 13-3 and swept the season series with the Trojans (defeated DSU 85-73 on Nov. 9, 2013 at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, S.D.).
Both teams went through four different lead changes and four ties in the first eight minutes and 33 seconds of the game.
After the fourth tie recorded at 19-19, the Bruins outscored the Trojans 34-11 in the final 11:27 of the first-half to earn a 53-30 halftime advantage.
Bellevue shot 20-for-38 from the field in the first-half (52.6 percent) compared to DSU 12-for-31 (38.7 percent). The Bruins were 9-for-16 from the 3-point line (56.3 percent), while the Trojans were 4-for-11 beyond the 3-point line (36.4 percent).
BU maintained their double-digit lead for the rest of the game. DSU could get no closer than on two different occasions (70-53 with 8:16 remaining and 72-55 with 7:19 left).
Miguel Sansavour recorded his third double-double this season as he scored 14 points and pulled down 10 rebounds (6 offensive rebounds) for the Trojans. He was 7-for-11 from the field. Dylan Hale added 19 points. Marcus Smith poured in 18 points on his 7-for-16 shooting from the field.
Robinson earned five rebounds for the Trojans. Hofer added five rebounds.
Sansavour and Smith each had two blocked shots for DSU.
Lee Ames and Thomas Hammock each hit 5 3-pointers to earn 15 points for Bellevue. Taylor Young added 12 points.
Given Kalipinde grabbed eight rebounds for the Bruins. Michael Dotson added six boards.
Bailey Sanders recorded eight assists off the bench for BU.
Bellevue shot 48.5 percent overall from the field (33-for-68) compared to the Trojans' 38.5 percent (25-for-65). The Bruins drained 16 3-pointers in 28 attempts (57.1 percent), while DSU was 6-for-21 from the 3-point line (28.6 percent).
Dakota State was 8-for-10 from the free-throw line. BU was 7-for-8 at the free-throw line.
The Bruins outrebounded the Trojans 45-32 in the game.
DSU outscored Bellevue 36-32 inside the paint.
Dakota State won't return back to action until next Wednesday (Jan. 15) as they make another road trip. The Trojans will visit Morningside (Iowa) of the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC). Tip-off from the RSVC-Allee Gym is set for 7 p.m. in Sioux City, Iowa.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director