January 22, 2014
PHOTO GALLERY -by Cody Welu
MADISON, S.D. – Dakota State earned their biggest lead of the game in the second-half Wednesday evening before Presentation (S.D.) mounted a furious comeback in North Star Athletic Association men's basketball conference opener at DSU Fieldhouse. The Trojans overcame Saints' late surge for an 83-78 victory, giving DSU their first-ever NSAA conference victory.
Dakota State won their second straight game. The Trojans are tied for first-place with Jamestown (N.D.), who defeated Mayville State (N.D.) 63-50 tonight), in the NSAA Men's Basketball Conference standings with identical overall records of 9-11 and 1-0 NSAA. Presentation dropped their overall record to 11-6 overall and 0-1 NSAA.
The Trojans' lead grew to 15 points at 26-11 with 9:10 remaining before intermission.
Dakota State held the Saints to 26.5 percent shooting as the Trojans held a 40-25 halftime advantage.
DSU shot 17-for-38 from the field (44.7 percent) in the first twenty minutes of the game. PC was 9-for-34 from the field.
The Trojans grabbed the biggest lead of the game at 52-35 with 14:36 remaining in the game before the Saints began their scoring run.
The Saints outscored Dakota State 24-6 to earn their first and only lead of the game at 59-58 with 8:36 left.
From there, the Trojans held Presentation to two points in a span of four-plus minutes to earn a 72-61 lead with 3:39 left in the game, thanks to Jordan Snyder's 3-pointer (assisted by Cameron Robinson) as DSU regained their double-digit lead.
Presentation could get no closer than four points (80-76) with 23 seconds left in the game. The Trojans secured the game as Robinson drained a pair of free-throws and Hofer added a free-throw.
The Saints outscored DSU 53-43 in the second-half. PC was 21-for-44 from the field (47.7 percent) compared to the Trojans' 12-for-25 (48 percent). DSU was 16-for-25 from the free-throw line (64 percent) in the final twenty minutes of the game, while the Saints were 6-for-12 at the free-throw line.
Four DSU starters scored in double digits in the victory. Marcus Smith posted career-highs of 25 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to earn a double-double in the game. He was 9-for-16 from the field and 6-for-8 from the free-throw line. Miguel Sansavour added 16 points (7-for-11 from the field and 2-for-3 from the free-throw line).
Hofer and Hale each had 15 points for the Trojans. Snyder added eight points. Robinson scored four points.
Sansavour earned six boards for Dakota State. Hale and Robinson each had five rebounds.
Sansavour recorded six blocked shots in the game for DSU.
Every Trojan players in the game recorded at least an assist. Hofer and Robinson each dished out five assists for the Trojans. Kevin Danielsen added three assists. Hale and Smith each had two assists.
Hofer stole the ball four times. Hale, Smith and Robinson each added two steals.
Five players scored in double digits for the Saints, led by Jeremy Comer with 16 points. Nick Gillett recorded a double-double of 13 points and grabbed 16 rebounds. Damian Salais scored 11 points off the bench. Anthony Hendricks and Chaz Haymond each had 10 points.
Comer earned eight rebounds for Presentation. Hendricks added seven rebounds.
Hendricks produced four assists for PC. Kenny Robinson had three steals.
Dakota State shot 46 percent overall from the field (29-for-63) compared to the Saints' 38.5 percent (30-for-78). The Trojans were 6-for-19 from the 3-point line (31.6 percent), while PC was 9-for-27 from the 3-point arc (33.3 percent).
DSU went to the free-throw line 31 times, making 19 free-throws in the game (61.3 percent). The Saints made nine free-throws in 18 attempts (50 percent).
Presentation outrebounded the Trojans 52-43 in the game. The Saints outscored DSU 13-4 in second-chance points.
Dakota State heads to Sioux Center, Iowa to visit the nationally-ranked Dordt (Iowa) (No. 5 in the latest NAIA Division II Men's Basketball national poll) on Saturday afternoon. The non-conference contest is scheduled to tip off at 4 p.m. at DeWitt Gymnasium in Sioux Center, Iowa.
Photo below - Madison Community Hospital - Tammy Miller - DSU honorary captain
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director