February 12, 2014
MADISON, S.D. – The Dakota State University Athletic Department will be recognizing the 2012-13 Trojan men's basketball team prior to the men's basketball game on Saturday evening. The team will commemorate the season by hanging their 'Elite Eight' banner in the DSU Fieldhouse gym.
Dakota State started their historic run by capturing their second straight Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) Division II Men's Basketball Tournament. The Trojans also qualified for the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Tournament for the second consecutive year, which was the first time in DSU men's basketball program history.
The Trojans upset No. 5 Warner Pacific in the NAIA national tournament first round and survived a nail-biter vs. St. Thomas (Fla.). Dakota State advanced to the NAIA's 'Elite Eight' round, losing to Grace (Ind.). It was the first time since 1992 that the Trojans had advanced to the 'Elite Eight' round.
DSU posted the most wins in Trojan men's basketball history with 25 victories. Gary Garner, DSU head men's basketball coach, earned the A.I.I. Coach of the Year for the second straight year.
Luke Lamb was selected to the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball All-American Honorable Mention squad. John Lamb was named to the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball All-Tournament Team. Keith Lee II earned the Daktronics-NAIA Men's Basketball Scholar-Athlete award and was named to the NAIA's Champions of Character recipient at the national tournament.
Four DSU men's basketball players were named A.I.I. Division II Men's Basketball All-Conference. John Lamb and Luke Lamb were named to the first team, while Yusuf Vinson and Tyrone Gordon, Jr. were name to the second team.
Dakota State ended their historic 2012-13 season by cracking into the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Coaches' 'Top 25' national poll for the first time in school history. The Trojans were ranked No. 14 in the postseason national poll.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director