January 15, 2014
SIOUX CITY, Iowa – The Dakota State University men's basketball team could not hold on to their slim one-point halftime lead Wednesday evening as Morningside (Iowa) rallied back for an 82-77 non-conference victory at RVSC-Allee Gym. The Mustangs handed the short-handed Trojans their fifth straight loss.
Dakota State dropped their overall record to 7-11. Morningside, a member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference that received votes in the latest NAIA Division II Men's Basketball national poll, improved their overall record to 13-6.
At 13-13, the Mustangs outscored the Trojans 13-2 to earn an 11-point lead at 26-15 with less than ten minutes in the first-half.
The Trojans went on a 21-9 run in the final 9:42 of the first-half to earn a 36-35 halftime advantage.
DSU was 13-for-33 from the field (39.4 percent) in the first-half compared to the Mustangs' 15-for-42 (35.7 percent). Both teams made four 3-pointers in the first twenty minutes.
Leading 62-60 with 7:02 remaining, Morningside went on to score eight straight points to earn a 70-60 lead with 5:03 left to play.
Dakota State cut MC's lead within two points at 76-74 after a lay-up by Marcus Smith with 1:44 remaining in the game.
The Mustangs sealed the victory as they scored six straight points to earn an 82-74 lead with 12 seconds left. Dylan Hale hit a 3-pointer with six seconds remaining reduce their deficit to five points.
Morningside outscored DSU 47-41 in the second-half. The Mustangs were 17-for-36 from the field (47.2 percent) compared to the Trojans' 14-for-33 (42.4 percent).
Hale led Dakota State with 23 points. He was 5-for-13 from the field (2-for-5 from the 3-point line) and made all 11 free-throws. Miguel Sansavour recorded a double-double of 20 points and earned 11 rebounds. He shot 10-for-17 from the field.
Smith poured in 17 points (6-for-14 from the field and 4-for-4 from the free-throw line) for the Trojans. Adam Hofer added 13 points (4-for-12 from the field, 3-for-7 from the 3-point line and converted two free-throws). Taylor Zirbel scored four points off the bench.
Cameron Robinson earned eight rebounds for DSU. Hale added six rebounds.
Robinson dished out three assists for the Trojans. Smith and Hofer each added two assists.
Sansavour recorded six blocked shots in the game, which is third most blocked shots in a single game in Trojan Men's Basketball record book. Zirbel added two blocked shots.
Robinson stole the ball four times in the game for DSU.
Rudeen scored a game-high 28 points on his 10-for-16 shooting from the field, 3-for-5 from the 3-point arc and 5-for-5 at the free-throw line for the Mustangs. Bryce Koch added a double-double of 18 points (9-for-11 from the field) and earned 10 rebounds. Jared Kolbush had 14 points.
Kolbush earned eight rebounds for Morningside.
Steve O'Neill, despite going 0-for-11 from the field, recorded four assists for MC.
Morningside shot 41 percent overall from the field (32-for-78) compared to the Trojans' 40.9 percent (27-for-66). The Trojans were 6-for-18 from the 3-point arc (33.3 percent), while MC was 5-for-22 from the 3-point line (22.7 percent).
DSU was near perfect from the free-throw line, making 17 free-throws in 18 attempts (94.4 percent). Morningside was 13-for-17 from the free-throw line (76.5 percent).
The Mustangs outrebounded the Trojans 47-41.
There were a total of 10 lead changes and four ties occurred in the game.
Dakota State looks to snap their losing skid as they return home for their two-game home stand. The Trojans welcome their former long-time conference foe and current NCAA Division II South Dakota Mines in a non-conference game. The game is set for 7 p.m. at DSU Fieldhouse.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director