February 5, 2014
JAMESTOWN, N.D. – The Dakota State University (S.D.) men's basketball team earned a three-point halftime advantage Wednesday evening against the North Star Athletic Association's (NSAA) leader Jamestown (N.D.) at the Civic Center. The Jimmies used a second-half surge to defeat the Trojans by the score of 80-69.
Dakota State dropped their overall record to 10-14 and 2-2 NSAA conference record. The Jimmies, winner of seven straight games, raised their overall record to 12-11 and remained in sole possession of first-place in the NSAA men's basketball conference standings with a 4-0 conference record.
Tied at 12-12, the Jimmies used a 7-0 scoring run to grab a 19-12 lead with eleven minutes and 36 seconds remaining in the first-half.
The Trojans answered back by outscoring UJ 11-4 to tie the game for the fourth time at 23-23 with 7:24 left in the first-half.
DSU's Cameron Robinson drained a 3-pointer with 20 seconds left to break up a 31-31 tie into a 34-31 halftime lead.
Both Dakota State and Jamestown battled through five ties and three lead changes in the first twenty minutes of the game.
The Trojans shot 40 percent from the field (14-for-35), including 6-for-15 from the 3-point line (40 percent). The Jimmies were 12-for-35 from the field (12-for-35) and 5-for-18 from the 3-point arc (27.8 percent).
Jamestown raced to a double digit lead to kick off the second-half by using a 21-3 scoring run to earn the biggest lead of the game. UJ went on to lead by 15 points at 52-37 with 16:07 remaining in the game.
Trailing 59-44, the Trojans outscored the Jimmies 17-7 in a span of eight-plus minutes to trim DSU's deficit to 66-61 with 3:28 left in the game.
UJ secured the game by closing the game with a 14-8 run.
Jamestown outscored DSU 49-35 in the final twenty minutes of the game.
The Jimmies shot 52 percent from the field (13-for-25) in the second-half, including 7-for-13 from the 3-point line (53.8 percent). UJ made 16 free-throws in 20 attempts in the second-half.
DSU was 10-for-25 from the field (40 percent) and 4-for-11 from the 3-point arc (36.4 percent) in the second-half. The Trojans were 11-for-19 from the free-throw line.
Robinson recorded seven rebounds for DSU. Danielsen had four rebounds.
Robinson dished out five assists for Dakota State. Danielsen added four assists. Vinson had three assists.
Sansavour had two blocks for the Trojans. Robinson, Smith and Hofer each had a steal.
Mark Hoge had 26 points and pulled down 13 rebounds for Jamestown. Brequan Tucker added 24 points and 8 rebounds.
Hoge produced eight assists for the Jimmies. Jake Hagler added five assists.
Hagler stole the ball two times in the game for UJ.
Jamestown shot 41.7 percent overall from the field (25-for-60) compared to the Trojans' 40 percent (24-for-60). The Jimmies were 12-for-31 from the 3-point line (38.7 percent), while DSU was 10-for-26 (38.5 percent).
UJ went to the free-throw line 22 times, making 18 free-throws (81.8 percent). DSU was 11-for-19 from the free-throw line (57.9 percent).
There were a total of six ties and four lead changes in the game.
Dakota State continues their NSAA conference action on Saturday evening. The Trojans kick off the second half portion of the NSAA conference schedule, visiting Presentation (S.D.). Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. at the Strode Center in Aberdeen, S.D.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director