January 18, 2014
Photos credit by Donald Weidler and Kaden Huntrods
MADISON, S.D. – The Dakota State University Trojan men's basketball hosted a familiar foe Saturday evening at DSU Fieldhouse. The Trojans welcomed former long-time conference foe and current NCAA Division II South Dakota Mines. The Trojans snapped their five-game losing streak with a 73-62 victory over the Hardrockers, giving DSU's head coach Gary Garner his 450th career collegiate coaching victory.
The Trojans raised their overall record to 8-11, improving their home record to 6-3 at DSU Fieldhouse. South Dakota Mines, an independent member of the NCAA Division II, dropped to 6-13. Both DSU and SDM were long-time members of the South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference (SDIC) and Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC).
The first eight minutes and forty-six seconds of the game saw five ties and three different lead changes.
With the fifth tie recorded in the game at 15-15, the Trojans went on a 14-4 spurt to earn a double-digit lead at 29-19 with 3:34 left before intermission.
The Trojans were 11-for-27 from the field (40.7 percent) and 10-for-13 from the free-throw line (76.9 percent) in the first-half. The Hardrockers were held to 33.3 percent shooting from the field (9-for-27), 1-for-12 from the 3-point line (8.3 percent) and 2-for-8 from the free-throw line (25 percent).
Dakota State controlled the final twenty minutes of the game as they maintained their lead between 8- and 15-points.
The Hardrockers outscored the Trojans 41-39 in the second-half.
DSU was 47.4 percent from the field in the second-half (9-for-19). The Trojans went to the free-throw line 25 times, making 19 free-throws (76 percent). SDM was held to 36.1 percent shooting from the field (13-for-36). The Hardrockers were 13-for-17 from the free-throw line in the second-half (76.5 percent).
Hale poured in a season-high 28 points for Dakota State. He was 8-for-15 from the field, 3-for-8 from the 3-point arc and 9-for-11 from the free-throw line. It was his eighth straight game that he had recorded in double digits.
Marcus Smith added 17 points for the Trojans. Sansavour was perfect from the field (5-for-5) and added a free throw to earn 11 points. Yusuf Vinson added nine points – all from free-throws. Jordan Snyder, who returned back from the first time since Dec. 7 due to torn ligament on his left thumb, scored four points off the bench.
Sansavour grabbed nine rebounds for DSU. He had six blocked shots in the game. Snyder earned eight boards. Vinson had seven rebounds and Cameron Robinson pulled down six rebounds.
Robinson dished out a game-high six assists for the Trojans. Vinson added three assists.
Robinson stole the ball three times for Dakota State. Vinson and Hale each had two steals.
Trevor Zacher scored 17 points off the bench for the Hardrockers. Caleb Shockman had 10 points. Erron Collins had nine points.
Michael Dietz grabbed nine rebounds for SDM. Shockman had six rebounds.
Lucan Nolan produced five assists for South Dakota Mines. He had three steals.
Dakota State shot 43.5 percent overall from the field, making 20 baskets in 46 attempts. The Hardrockers were 22-for-63 overall from the field (34.9 percent). Both teams struggled from the 3-point line as DSU was 20 percent (4-for-20) and SDM 13 percent (3-for-23).
The Trojans made 29 free-throws in 38 attempts in the game (76.3 percent). SDM was 15-for-25 from the free-throw line (60 percent).
DSU outrebounded South Dakota Mines 40-39.
Dakota State kicks off their inaugural North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) conference play on Wednesday night. The Trojans welcome Presentation (S.D.) in both teams' first-ever NSAA conference game. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. at DSU Fieldhouse.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director