January 29, 2014
PHOTO GALLERY - by Cody Welu / Kaden Huntrods
MADISON, S.D. – Dakota State (S.D.) outscored Mayville State (N.D.) 23-4 in transition points to earn a 90-60 North Star Athletic Association men's basketball conference victory Wednesday evening at DSU Fieldhouse. The Trojans won their eighth straight meeting over the Comets and remained undefeated in NSAA conference with a 2-0 record.
Dakota State improved their overall record to 10-12, their fifth straight season with double digit victories for the first time since 1988-94 (six straight season with double digit wins). Mayville State lost their seventh straight game and slipped their overall record to 6-13 and winless in three NSAA conference games.
The Trojans and Comets went through three ties and six lead changes in the first eight minutes and eighteen seconds of the game.
Trailing 16-14, DSU went on to score 10 straight points from four different scorers (Dylan Hale and Adam Hofer 3-pointers and 2-point field goals from Yusuf Vinson and Miguel Sansavour) to earn a 24-16 lead with less than nine minutes remaining in the first-half.
Dakota State closed the first-half by a fast-break opportunity as Hofer made a lay-up (assisted by Hale) to give the Trojans a 41-28 halftime advantage.
DSU shot 16-for-34 from the field (47.1 percent) in the first-half compared to the Comets' 12-for-28 (42.9 percent).
Mayville State cut the Trojans' lead to 10 points on two different occasions at 46-36 with 17:01 left and 49-39 with 15:49 remaining.
DSU used a 16-6 scoring run to extend their lead to 62-42 with 12:26 left in the game. The Trojans sealed the game by maintaining their lead between 17- and 31-points in the final 12:07 of the game.
Dakota State recorded its biggest lead of the game at 86-55 with 2:50 left, thanks to a 3-pointer by Kevin Danielsen.
The Trojans outscored the Comets 49-32 in the final twenty minutes of the game.
DSU was 19-for-38 from the field in the second-half (50 percent), while MSU was 14-for-35 (40 percent). The Trojans drained 8 3-pointers in 16 attempts (50 percent) in the second-half compared to the Comets' 3-for-12 (25 percent).
Five different Trojan players scored in double digits. Sansavour recorded a double-double (his fifth double-double of the season) of 19 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. Hale added 18 points. Vinson scored 16 points off the bench. Hofer tallied 13 points. Cameron Robinson had 10 points.
Hofer grabbed nine boards for the Trojans. Vinson added five rebounds. Snyder, Smith, Robinson and Taylor Zirbel each had four rebounds.
Dakota State dished out a season-high 28 assists. Robinson recorded nine assists. Hofer and Hale each added six assists.
Hale stole the ball five times for the Trojans. Robinson had two steals.
Jonathon Bulter led the Comets with 15 points. Easton Page added 14 points. Andrew Berge had 11 points.
Michael Lindsay pulled down eight rebounds for Mayville State. Colin Fitz added seven rebounds.
Page produced four assists for MSU. Alex Herman had two steals.
Dakota State shot 48.6 percent overall from the field (35-for-72) compared to the Comets' 26-for-63 (41.3 percent). The Trojans nailed down 11 3-pointers in 29 attempts (37.9 percent). MSU struggled from the 3-point arc, shooting 4-for-23 (17.4 percent).
DSU outrebounded Mayville State 45-30.
The Trojans outscored the Comets 21-7 in points off turnovers, 42-26 inside the paint and 29-16 in bench points.
Both Dakota State and Mayville State continue their NSAA conference action on Saturday. The Trojans play their first-ever NSAA road conference game at Valley City State (N.D.). The game will be held at the W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse in Valley City, N.D. Mayville State returns home as they host Presentation (S.D.) at the Lewy Lee Fieldhouse in Mayville, N.D. Both games tip off at 6 p.m.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director
Below is the Beacom Donor Appreciation Night during men's halftime
(Left to Right: DSU Athletic Director Jeff Dittman, Miles, Ashlee and Lisa Beacom)