February 8, 2014
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Dakota State (S.D.) held Presentation (S.D.) to five points in the final 15 minutes and 33 seconds of the first-half Saturday evening at the Strode Center and held on to a 73-63 North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Conference victory. The Trojans ended their six-game road losing skid and held the Saints to 26.8 percent shooting from the field.
Dakota State improved their overall record to 11-14 and 3-2 in the North Star conference play. Presentation dropped to 12-9 overall record and 1-4 NSAA conference record.
At 7-7, the Saints scored five straight points to earn a 12-7 lead with 15:33 remaining in the first-half.
The Trojans held Presentation scoreless in span of 8:59, allowing DSU to score 20 straight points to earn a 27-12 lead. During that 20-0 scoring run, Dakota State drained five 3-pointers (3 by Dylan Hale and a 3-pointer each by Cameron Robinson and Kevin Danielsen).
The Saints broke their scoring drought with 6:34 left before halftime after a free-throw by Anthony Hendricks.
Dakota State earned the game's biggest lead on two different occasions – 29-13 with 6:17 remaining in the first-half and 31-15 with 3:30 left before intermission.
DSU earned a 31-17 halftime advantage, despite both teams being scoreless in the final 1:51 of the first-half.
The Trojans shot 11-for-37 from the field in the first twenty minutes of the game (29.7 percent), including 6-for-16 from the 3-point line (37.5 percent). Dakota State held the Saints to 14.7 percent shooting from the field (5-for-34) and 2-for-10 from the 3-point arc (20 percent).
Presentation trimmed DSU's lead to single-digit at 35-26 with 17:21 left. However, the Trojans answered back by using a 5-0 spurt to regain their double-digit lead at 40-26 with 15:35 remaining.
PC could get no closer than six points at 61-55 with 1:21 left.
DSU sealed the victory by going 12-for-12 from the free-throw line in the final 1:20 of the game. Hale, Robinson and Adam Hofer each went 4-for-4 from the free-throw line.
Presentation outscored the Trojans 46-42 in the final twenty minutes of the game.
Dakota State shot 40 percent from the field in the second-half (8-for-20) and 4-for-8 from the 3-point line (50 percent). The Trojans went to the free-throw line 26 times, making 22 free-throws (84.6 percent). The Saints were 37.8 percent from the field (14-for-37), 2-for-13 from the 3-point arc (15.4 percent) and 16-for-18 from the free-throw line (88.9 percent) in the second-half.
Hale scored 26 points off the bench for Dakota State. He was 7-for-11 from the field, 6-for-9 beyond the 3-point line and 6-for-8 from the free-throw line. Yusuf Vinson recorded a double-double of 12 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Miguel Sansavour had 12 points. Robinson scored nine points. Danielsen had six points. Hofer and Jordan Snyder each added four points.
Robinson earned nine boards for the Trojans. Snyder and Sansavour each added seven rebounds. Hofer and Hale each had five rebounds.
Robinson led DSU with five assists. Danielsen and Hale each had three assists.
Gregory Garrett came off the bench with 22 points for the Saints (8-for-17 field goals and 4-for-4 free-throws). Quincy Davis added 10 points. Jeremy Comer had nine points.
Garrett pulled down nine rebounds for Presentation. Anthony Hendricks dished out five assists. Davis added four assists.
Hendricks, Davis and Garrett each had two steals for PC.
Dakota State shot 33.3 percent overall from the field, converting 19 baskets in 57 attempts. The Trojans drained 10 3-pointers in 24 attempts (41.7 percent).
DSU held Presentation to 19-for-71 overall shooting from the field (26.8 percent). The Saints were 4-for-23 from the 3-point line (17.4 percent).
The Trojans were 25-for-32 from the free-throw line (78.1 percent) compared to PC 21-for-26 free-throws (80.8 percent).
DSU outrebounded the Saints 49-36.
Dakota State returns home next Saturday, Feb. 15 as they continue their NSAA conference action. The Trojans welcome Valley City State (N.D.) with a tip-off starting at 6 p.m. The game will be held at the DSU Fieldhouse in Madison, S.D.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director