January 25, 2014
SIOUX CENTER, Iowa – The Dakota State University men's basketball team faced a nationally-ranked team for the eighth time this season Saturday afternoon. The Trojans visited Dordt (Iowa) of the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) in DSU's final non-conference game at DeWitt Gymnasium. The Defenders held off Dakota State in a high scoring affair 98-90.
DSU fell to 9-12 overall record. Dordt, No. 5 in the latest NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Coaches' 'Top 25' national poll, raised their overall record to 21-2.
The Defenders scored the first five points of the game to earn a 5-0 lead with nineteen minutes and 14 seconds left in the first-half.
Trailing 21-12, the Trojans went on an 18-6 scoring run to earn their first lead of the game at 30-27 with 10 minutes remaining before halftime (after Cameron Robinson drained a 3-pointer to break up a 27-27 tie).
DC answered back with a 22-9 run to regain a nine-point lead at 49-40 with 4:34 left in the first-half.
The Defenders held on to 57-50 halftime lead.
Dordt shot 51.2 percent from the field (21-for-41) in the first twenty minutes of the game, including 7-for-14 from the 3-point arc (50 percent). DSU was 17-for-38 from the field (44.7 percent) and drained 6 3-pointers in 12 attempts (50 percent).
The Trojans made all 10 free-throws in the first-half, while the Defenders were 8-for-9 from the free-throw line (88.9 percent).
The Defenders opened the second-half with a 10-0 scoring run to extend to the biggest lead of the game at 65-50 with 16:148 remaining in the game.
With DC leading at 74-59, Dakota State trimmed DC's lead to five points (77-72) with 7:12 remaining by using a 12-3 scoring run.
Dordt sealed the victory as they held their lead between five- and ten-points in the final 7:12 of the game. The Trojans could get no closer than 95-90 with 14 seconds left after Adam Hofer drained a 3-pointer. DC made three free-throws in the final 11 seconds.
The Defenders outscored DSU 41-40 in the second-half.
Dakota State shot 48.4 percent from the field (15-for-31) in the final twenty minutes of the game and 5-for-11 from the 3-point line. Dordt was held to 39.3 percent shooting from the field (11-for-28) and missed all six 3-point attempts.
The Defenders were 19-for-28 from the free-throw line in the second-half (67.9 percent), while DSU was 5-for-6 from the free-throw line (83.3 percent).
Dylan Hale posted a career-high 33 points for the Trojans. He was 11-for-22 from the field, including 7-for-10 from the 3-point line (70 percent – tied for ninth best 3-point percentage in a single game) and made all four free-throws. Hale's 7 3-pointers tied for sixth most 3-point shots made in a single game.
Vinson grabbed eight rebounds for Dakota State. Jordan Snyder and Sansavour each added seven rebounds. Hofer had six rebounds.
Hale and Vinson each dished out three assists for the Trojans. Smith had two assists.
Snyder, Hale, Smith and Robinson each had a steal.
Dalton Franken scored 32 points for the Defenders. He was 10-for-21 from the field and 12-for-12 from the free-throw line. Tyler Wolterstorff added 19 points. Kyle Lindbergh had 17 points. Austin Katje recorded 16 points.
Lindbergh pulled down nine rebounds and recorded four blocked shots for DC. Katje and Wolterstorff each had seven rebounds.
Lindbergh produced four assists for the Defenders. Wolterstorff stole the ball three times.
Both teams shot 46.4 percent overall from the field (32-for-69). The Trojans drained 11 3-pointers in 23 attempts (47.8 percent) compared to DC 7-for-20 from the 3-point line (35 percent).
Dordt was 27-for-37 from the free-throw line (73 percent). DSU was near-perfect at the free-throw line, converting 15 free-throws in 16 attempts (93.8 percent).
The Trojans outrebounded DC 43-38.
Dakota State returns back to North Star Athletic Association conference action on Wednesday night. The Trojans entertain Mayville State (N.D.) at DSU Fieldhouse. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. in Madison, S.D.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director