February 13, 2014
THIS WEEK: The Dakota State University Trojan men's basketball team (11-14 overall record, 3-2 North Star Athletic Association conference record) returns home Saturday evening. The Trojans entertain Valley City State (13-11, 4-1 NSAA) in the North Star Athletic Association conference game. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. at DSU Fieldhouse in Madison, S.D.
NSAA MEN'S BASKETBALL CONFERENCE STANDINGS: Jamestown (N.D.) is currently the leader in the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Men's Basketball conference standings with a 6-0 undefeated record. Valley City State (N.D.) is second with 4-1 record, followed by Dakota State (S.D.) third with a 3-2 record. Presentation (S.D.) is fourth with a 1-5 record and Mayville State (N.D.) fifth with 0-6 record. The Trojans have three remaining NSAA conference games on the schedule before beginning the postseason play during the last week of February.
DSU TO UNVEIL 2012-13 CHAMPIONSHIP BANNER: The Dakota State University Athletic Department will be recognizing the 2012-13 Trojan men's basketball team prior to the game on Saturday. 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. Dakota State finished their 2012-13 with 25 wins, the most victories ever in DSU men's basketball team history. The Trojans cracked in the 'Top 25' national poll for the first time in school history, ranking No. 14 in the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Coaches' Postseason national poll.
HALE MOVES IN 'TOP 10' 3-POINTERS: Dylan Hale drained a total of six 3-pointers in 73-63 road victory at Presentation (S.D.), moving him to No. 8 in the Trojan men's basketball record book for the most 3-pointers in a single season. He had accumulated a total of 67 3-pointers this season. He had made at least a 3-pointer in each game this season (23 games). Hale's season-high for most 3-pointers in a single game was 7 3-pointers at Dordt (Iowa) on Jan. 25. According to the NAIA-DakStats statistical website as of Thursday, Hale ranks 14th in the nation in 3-point field goal made per game (2.9) and 22nd in total 3-pointers made (67).
TROJANS DEFENSE STALL SAINTS: Trailing 12-7 with 15:33 remaining in the first-half on Feb. 8 at Presentation (S.D.), the Trojans went on to score 20 consecutive points in a span of 8:59 to earn a 27-12 lead. During that 20-0 scoring run, Dakota State drained 5 3-pointers (3 by Dylan Hale and a 3-pointer each by Cameron Robinson and Kevin Danielsen). DSU held the Saints to just five points in the final 15:33 of the first-half and held a 31-17 halftime advantage. The Saints, after opening the game by going 5-for-8 from the field, missed their last 26 shots of the first-half to allow the Trojans earn a 14-point halftime lead. The Trojans maintained control for the rest of the game to earn a 73-63 victory.
SIXTH IN THE NATION: According to the DakStats-NAIA statistical website as of Thursday, Dakota State ranks 6th in the nation in total rebounds per game with an average of 42.1 rebounds per game. The Trojans are also sixth in the nation in both defensive rebounds per game (29.3) and field goal percentage defense by holding the opponents to 40.4 percent shooting from the field
DSU MAKES 10-PLUS 3-POINTERS: Dakota State had made 10 3-pointers in the last two games. In addition, the Trojans had made at least 10 3-pointers four times in the last five games (11 3-pointers made at Dordt on Jan. 25 and versus Mayville State on Jan. 29). DSU had made at leasd 10 3-pointers in seven occurrences this season, including a season-high 12 3-pointers in 101-69 home victory versus AIB (Iowa) on Dec. 17, 2013. The Trojans are 36th in the nation in 3-point field goal made per game (7.6) and 38th in total 3-pointers made (189).
REGIONALLY SPEAKING: Jamestown (N.D.) (13-11 overall record) continues to hold the top spot in the North Star Athletic Association in the eighth edition of conference's weekly rankings. Valley City State (N.D.) is second with 12-11 overall record, followed by Dakota State (S.D.) third with 11-14 record. Presentation (S.D.) is fourth (12-9 overall record) and Mayville State (N.D.) fifth with 7-15 overall record. The conference weekly rankings are used to determine the rankings in the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 national poll, which is released every Tuesday afternoon.
LAST TIME OUT: Dakota State split a pair of NSAA conference games last week. The Trojans lost to the NSAA's conference leader Jamestown (N.D.) on Feb. 5 by the score of 80-69 in Jamestown, N.D. DSU bounced back in the winning column on Feb. 8 as they defeated Presentation (S.D.) 73-63 in Aberdeen, which gave the Trojans their second road victory this season. Valley City State (N.D.) won their fourth straight game after defeating Mayville State (N.D.) 69-59 on Feb. 12 after jumping to a 36-20 halftime lead and survived Comets' late second-half furious rally.
LAST MEETING: Valley City State (N.D.) opened the game with a 10-0 scoring run to earn an 88-63 NSAA conference victory over the Trojans on Feb. 1 in Valley City, N.D. The Vikings raced to a 43-15 halftime lead. The Trojans could get no closer than 13 points at 70-57 with 3:33 remaining in the game. The last time Dakota State defeated VCSU at DSU Fieldhouse was on Feb. 25, 2012. The Trojans defeated the Vikings 82-73 in the A.I.I. Division II Men's Basketball Postseason Conference Tournament's semifinals (DSU earned an automatic bid to the NAIA national tournament after defeating VCSU).
QUICK LEADERS: Dylan Hale leads the Trojans with 17.0 points per game and shoots 41.4 percent from the field. Yusuf Vinson records 184 total rebounds and averages 8.4 rebounds per game. He ranks 30th in the nation in offensive rebounds per game (3.0) and 33rd in free-throw percentage (83.2 percent). Cameron Robinson leads the team with 101 assists (4.8 assists per game—ranks 27th in the nation). Hale adds 42 steals (40th in the nation) and averages 1.8 steals per game (32nd in the nation). Miguel Sansavour ranks third in the nation in blocks per game (2.4) and 10th in total blocks with 45. He is 11th in the nation in field goal percentage (59.5 percent) and 13th in offensive rebounds per game (3.3). Kevin Danielsen ranks 26th in the nation in assist/turnover ratio of 2.5.
WATCH & LISTEN IT: Dakota state will be providing a free live video/audio broadcast for the Trojan men's basketball game versus Valley City State (N.D.) on Saturday evening. Jon Hunter, Voice of the Trojans, will be providing live play-by-play on the live video webcast on http://streaming.dsu.edu/Athletics-Live. The links are also available on www.dsuathletics.com in the rotating/scrolling calendar of events under the news articles.
LIVE STATS/PLAY-BY-PLAY: Dakota State (S.D.) will have live stats/play-by-play for the game on Saturday evening. Check on http://www.dakstats.com/WebSync/Pages/Team/TeamPage.aspx?association=10&sg=MBB&sea=NAIMBB_2013&team=507 and click on the letter 'W' to view the live stats/play-by-play. The links are also available on www.dsuathletics.com in the rotating/scrolling calendar of events under the news articles.
STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Dakota State men's basketball and athletics all season long on www.dsuathletics.com. The Trojans are also on Twitter, just log onto www.twitter.com/GoDaSUAthletics. The Dakota State University Athletics group page can be found on Facebook on https://www.facebook.com/DSUTrojanAthletics.
UP NEXT: Dakota State heads in the final week of regular-season play with a pair of North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) conference. The Trojans travel to Mayville, N.D. on Wednesday night (Feb. 19) to visit Mayville State (N.D.) Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. at Lewy Lee Fieldhouse. On Saturday, Feb. 22, DSU hosts Jamestown (N.D.) in the final regular-season game. The game is slated to start at 6 p.m. at DSU Fieldhouse in Madison, S.D. Senior Night will be held.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director