February 15, 2014
PHOTO GALLERY - Photos by Cody Welu
MADISON, S.D. – After holding a three-point halftime lead Saturday evening at DSU Fieldhouse, Dakota State (S.D.) outscored Valley City State (N.D.) 39-28 in the second-half to earn a 65-51 North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) men's basketball conference victory. The victory also put the Trojans in a tie for second-place in the NSAA conference standings.
Dakota State won their second straight game and raised their overall record to 12-14 (9-3 at home, including a 3-0 home conference record). The Trojans ended VCSU's four-game winning streak, dipping the Vikings' overall record to 13-12. Both teams are 4-2 NSAA conference record.
DSU opened the game by going 4-for-5 from the field (including making their first three shots of the game) to earn an 8-0 early lead with seventeen minutes and 16 seconds left in the first-half.
The Vikings answered back by scoring seven straight points to trim DSU's lead to 8-7 with 15:05 remaining before intermission.
VCSU earned their first lead of the game at 23-22 with less than three minutes left in the first-half.
Dakota State closed the first-half with a 4-0 run to earn a 26-23 halftime lead.
Both teams went 10-for-31 from the field in the first twenty minutes of the game (32.3 percent). The Vikings were 3-for-12 from the 3-point line (25 percent) compared to DSU 1-for-10 from the 3-point arc (10 percent). DSU was 5-for-10 from the free-throw line (50 percent), while Valley City State did not go to the free-throw line in the first-half.
Leading 41-35, the Trojans used an 11-0 scoring outburst to earn the biggest lead of the game at 52-35 with 7:42 left in the game. During that scoring run, DSU made two free-throws from Cameron Robinson and converted four straight baskets (a pair of baskets each from Yusuf Vinson and Dylan Hale).
Valley City State could get no closer than 11 points at 60-49 with 2:15 left in the game.
The Trojans sealed the victory by maintaining their double-digit lead in the final 9:17 of the game.
Dakota State shot 48.1 percent from the field (13-for-27) in the second-half compared to the Vikings' 36.4 percent (12-for-33). VCSU struggled from the 3-point line, going 2-for-16 (12.5 percent). DSU was 2-for-7 from the 3-point arc (28.6 percent). The Trojans were 11-for-18 from the free-throw line (61.1 percent) in the second-half, while VCSU was 2-for-6 from the free-throw line (33.3 percent).
Vinson recorded a double-double of 19 points (6-for-13 from the field and 7-for-9 from the free-throw line) and earned 11 rebounds for Dakota State. It was his seventh double-double this season. Hale added 18 points on his 7-for-14 shooting from the field and made two free-throws. Robinson had 10 points. Adam Hofer and Miguel Sansavour each scored seven points.
Robinson dished out four assists for DSU. Hofer and Smith each had three assists.
Vinson and Robinson each recorded three steals for Dakota State. Hale added two steals.
Aaron Duske had a double-double of 13 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Vikings. AJ McDonald added 15 points. Russell Robinson had eight points. Paxton Lloyd scored seven points off the bench.
Mac Kroeplin recorded seven rebounds for VCSU.
McDonald dished out three assists for Valley City State. Duske added two assists and recorded three steals.
Ty Pratt had two blocked shots for the Vikings.
Dakota State shot 39.7 percent overall from the field (23-for-58) compared to VCSU 34.4 percent (22-for-64). The Vikings struggled from the 3-point line, making 5 3-pointers in 28 attempts (17.9 percent). The Trojans were 3-for-17 from the 3-point arc (17.6 percent).
DSU was 16-for-28 from the free-throw line (57.1 percent). VCSU was 2-for-6 from the free-throw line (33.3 percent).
The Trojans outrebounded the Vikings 51-35 in the game. DSU outscored Valley City State 11-4 in second-chance points.
Dakota State looks to extend their winning streak with a pair of NSAA conference games next week. The Trojans visit Mayville State (N.D.) on Wednesday night. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Lewy Lee Fieldhouse in Mayville, N.D.
DSU concludes their regular-season schedule on next Saturday, Feb. 22 against Jamestown (N.D.) at the DSU Fieldhouse in Madison.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director
Photos below: Unveiling of DSU men's basketball 2013 championship banner; Ag Appreciation Night; Sandy Anderson - Terry Ryan Distinguished Service Award recipient