January 14, 2014
THIS WEEK: The Dakota State University Trojan men's basketball team (7-10 overall record) look to snap their losing skid this week with a pair of non-conference games. The Trojans travel to RVSC-Allee Gym Wednesday evening to visit Morningside (Iowa) (12-6) of the Great Plains Athletic Conference at 7 p.m. in Sioux City, Iowa. DSU returns home for a match-up with NCAA Division II South Dakota Mines (6-12) on Saturday night. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at DSU Fieldhouse in Madison, S.D.
TROJANS VS. GPAC: Dakota State is 2-6 record against members of the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC). The Trojans opened the season with a 2-0 record against GPAC, defeating Mount Marty (S.D.) 71-53 on Oct. 30 and Northwestern (Iowa) 78-72 on Nov. 6 at DSU Fieldhosue, but had lost six straight games versus GPAC teams since. Dakota State will play their final non-conference game versus the GPAC at the nationally-ranked Dordt (Iowa) on Jan. 25 in Sioux Center, Iowa.
DSU AND SD MINES HISTORY: Dakota State and South Dakota Mines had long history for many years in the past. The Trojans and Hardrockers were formerly long-time members of the South Dakota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SDIC) and Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC). South Dakota Mines is currently members of the independent NCAA Division II affiliation.
TROJANS IN THE RANKS: According to the NAIA-DakStats statistical website as of Tuesday, Dakota State is 11th in the nation in field goal percentage defense (40.6 percent). The Trojans are 13th in defensive rebounds per game (28.5) and 16th in offensive rebounds per game (13.4). DSU is 24th in total blocks (62), 24th in blocks per game (3.6), 27th in assists er game (15.8) and 30th in total assists (268).
DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Miguel Sansavour had recorded double-doubles three times in the last five games, including the most recent with 14 points and 10 rebounds at Bellevue (Neb.) on Jan. 8. Dylan Hale had scored in double digits scoring in the last six games for the Trojans.
DSU AT HOME: Dakota State scheduled four games at DSU Fieldhouse this month. The Trojans are 5-3 at home after opening the season with a 3-0 home record. DSU is scheduled to host Presentation (S.D.) in the first-ever North Star Athletic Association conference game on Jan. 22 and host Mayville State (N.D.) in an NSAA conference game on Jan. 29.
LAST TIME OUT: Dakota State suffered their fourth straight loss on Jan. 8 at No. 9 Bellevue (Neb.), which was the seventh nationally-ranked opponents that the Trojans had faced this season. The Bruins and Trojans battled through four lead changes and four ties to start the game, but BU finished strong to defeat DSU by the score of 89-64. Morningside won their third straight GPAC conference game with a pair of home victories last week, defeating Dordt (Iowa) 100-96 on Jan. 8 and Doane (Neb.) 89-84 on Jan. 11. South Dakota Mines defeated their long-time rival Black Hills State (S.D.) on Jan. 11 by the score of 61-49 in Rapid City, S.D.
LAST MEETING: Morningside (Iowa) won the last meeting with the Trojans at DSU Fieldhouse on Dec. 7, 2013. The Trojans were held to 21.5 percent shooting from the field as the Mustangs never trailed in the game to earn a 55-35 victory. The last time Trojans defeated MC in Sioux City, Iowa was on Dec. 30, 2010 in an 82-78 overtime thriller. South Dakota Mines won the last meeting with the Trojans in Rapid City, S.D. in a 75-69 overtime thriller on Jan. 12, 2013. DSU won the last meeting at DSU Fieldhouse with the Hardrockers on Jan. 21, 2012 by the score of 85-69.
QUICK LEADERS: Dylan Hale leads the Trojans in scoring with an average of 14.9 points per game. He shoots 40.9 percent from the field. Hale leads the team with 28 steals (1.8 steals per game). He ranks 40th in the nation in 3-point field goal made per game (2.5) and 49th in total 3-point field goals made (40). Yusuf Vinson averages 8.4 rebounds per game (135 total rebounds) for the Trojans. Cameron Robinson dishes out 65 assists this season (5.0 assists per game-35th in the nation). Taylor Zirbel records seven blocks and averages 0.5 blocks per game. Miguel Sansavour ranks 20th in the nation in total blocks with 23.
WATCH & LISTEN: Morningside (Iowa) will provide the live video webcast of Wednesday's game on http://new.livestream.com/msideMCTV. Dakota State will be providing a free live video/audio broadcast for the Trojans basketball game on Saturday night. You can video and listen on http://streaming.dsu.edu/Athletics-Live. The links are also available on www.dsuathletics.com in the rotating/scrolling calendar of events under the new articles.
LIVE STATS/PLAY-BY-PLAY: Morningside will be providing the live stats/play-by-play for Trojans-Mustangs men's basketball game on Wednesday night. It can be found on http://www.qkstats.net/live/xlive.htm. Dakota State will have the live stats/play-by-play for DSU-SDM game on Saturday night on http://www.dakstats.com/WebSync/Pages/Team/TeamPage.aspx?association=10&sg=MBB&sea=NAIMBB_2013&conference=NAIMBB2_NSTR&team=507. 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 kicks off their inaugural North Star Athletic Association conference play next Wednesday (Jan. 22). The Trojans welcome Presentation (S.D.) in the first-ever NSAA conference game. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. at DSU Fieldhouse in Madison, S.D. On Saturday, Jan. 26, Dakota State travels to Sioux Center, Iowa to take on the nationally-ranked Dordt (Iowa) of the GPAC. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director