February 1, 2014
VALLEY CITY, N.D. – Valley City State (N.D.) opened the game with a 10-0 scoring run Saturday evening and never trailed in the game to defeat Dakota State 88-63 in North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) men's basketball conference game at W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse. The Vikings handed the Trojans' first conference loss of the season.
Dakota State dropped their overall record to 10-13 and 2-1 NSAA conference record. VCSU improved their overall record to 10-11 and 2-1 NSAA. Both Trojans and Vikings are tied for second in the NSAA conference standings.
The Vikings scored the first ten points of the game with sixteen minutes and 12 seconds left in the first-half.
DSU ended their scoring drought after Yusuf Vinson made a basket with 15:03 left before halftime to cut VCSU's lead to 10-2.
Valley City State held the Trojans to 15 points in the first-half as the Vikings raced to a 28-point halftime lead (43-15).
VCSU shot 42.4 percent from the field (14-for-33), including 8-for-11 from the 3-point line (72.7 percent) in the first-half. DSU was held to 18.9 percent (7-for-37) from the field and did not make a 3-pointer in nine attempts.
The Vikings maintained their double digits lead for the rest of the second-half to secure the victory.
Dakota State could get no closer than 13 points at 70-57 with 3:33 remaining. Valley City State closed the game with an 18-6 scoring run.
The Trojans outscored the Vikings 48-45 in the second-half.
VCSU was 17-for-28 from the field (60.7 percent) in the final twenty minutes of the game compared to DSU 13-for-34 (38.2 percent).
Miguel Sansavour earned 10 rebounds for Dakota State. Vinson added nine rebounds.
Robinson dished out three assists. Vinson recorded six steals in the game.
Four Valley City State starters scored in double digits led by Aaron Duske with 21 points. Mac Kroeplin added 16 points from his 5-for-7 shooting from the field, including 4-for-6 from the 3-point line. AJ McDonald had 14 points. Russell Robinson had a double-double of 10 points and pulled down 11 rebounds.
McDonald recorded eight rebounds for VCSU.
Quinton Peterson and McDoanld each had four assists for the Vikings. Jeremy Ware stole the ball three times.
Valley City State shot 50.8 percent overall from the field (31-for-61) compared to the Trojans' 28.2 percent (20-for-71). The Vikings were 11-for-18 from the 3-point line, while DSU was 4-for-23 from the 3-point arc (17.4 percent).
Dakota State was 19-for-30 (63.3 percent) from the free-throw line compared to the Vikings' 15-for-21 (61.1 percent).
VCSU outrebounded the Trojans by a slim margin, 45-44. The Trojans had 24 offensive rebounds compared to the Vikings' 13 offensive rebounds.
Dakota State looks to bounce back in the winning column on Wednesday night. The Trojans play the NSAA's conference leader Jamestown (N.D.). Tip-off from the Civic Center in Jamestown, N.D. is set for 7:30 p.m.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director