February 19, 2014
MAYVILLE, N.D. – Dakota State (S.D.) had four players scored in double digits Wednesday evening as the Trojans pulled away from Mayville State (N.D.) 78-65 in North Star Athletic Association men's basketball conference action at Lewy Lee Fieldhouse. It was the third straight NSAA conference victory for the Trojans.
Dakota State improved their overall record to 13-14. The Trojans' victory coupled with Valley City State (N.D.) 89-50 road loss at Jamestown (N.D.) had put DSU in a sole possession for second-place in the NSAA conference standings with a 5-2 record.
DSU recorded their ninth straight victory in the series meeting with the Comets.
Mayville State concluded their regular-season with a 7-18 overall record and 0-8 NSAA. The Comets will be the fifth seed in the upcoming inaugural NSAA Men's Basketball Conference Postseason Tournament, which is scheduled to kick off next week.
The Trojans and Comets battled through five lead changes and one tie in the first twenty minutes of the game. DSU had the biggest lead of the first-half at 27-18 with seven minutes and 32 seconds left before halftime.
Dakota State held a 41-35 halftime lead.
MSU was 13-for-27 from the field (48.1 percent) in the first-half compared to the Trojans' 44.1 percent (15-for-34). The Comets were 5-for-13 from the 3-point arc (38.5 percent), while DSU was 4-for-15 from the 3-point line (26.7 percent). The Trojans went to the free-throw line 10 times, making seven free-throws (70 percent). Mayville State made all four free-throw attempts.
Leading 56-48, Dakota State held the Comets to two points in a span of 7:13 to extend their lead to 69-50 with 6:05 remaining.
DSU recorded their biggest lead of the game at 78-57 after Marcus Smith drained a 3-pointer with 2:21 remaining in the game.
The Trojans outscored the Comets 37-30 in the second-half. DSU shot 45.2 percent from the field (14-for-31) compared to MSU 40 percent (12-for-30). Dakota State was 5-for-9 from the 3-point line (37.5 percent), while the Comets were 3-for-12 from the 3-point arc (25 percent).
Smith tallied a game-high 22 points off the bench for the Trojans. He was 9-for-15 from the field, including 4-for-8 from the 3-point line. Dylan Hale added 15 points. Jordan Snyder and Miguel Sansavour each scored 10 points.
Trojan Cameron Robinson was one point and one assist shy to record a triple-double in the game. He grabbed 10 rebounds, scored 9 points and dished out 9 assists. He was 2-for-4 from the field and made all five free-throws attempts.
Snyder pulled down eight rebounds for the Trojans. Hofer and Sansavour each had four rebounds.
Robinson recorded three steals in the game for Dakota State. Snyder and Hale each had two steals.
Jonathon Bulter led the Comets with 16 points. He was 5-for-8 from the field, including 4-for-6 from the 3-point line. Easton Page scored 11 points. Michael Lindsay had 10 points.
Page recorded six rebounds for Mayville State. Lindsay and David Olson each ahd five rebounds.
Josh DeWitt led MSU with three assists. Andrew Berge had two steals.
Dakota State shot 44.6 percent overall from the field (29-for-65) compared to the Comets' 43.9 percent (25-for-57). The Trojans were 9-for-24 from the 3-point line (37.5 percent), while MSU was 8-for-25 from the 3-point arc (32 percent).
DSU went to the free-throw line 14 times, making 11 free-throws (78.6 percent). The Comets were 7-for-8 from the free-throw line.
The Trojans outrebounded Mayville State 38-25 in the game.
Dakota State returns home Saturday evening as they conclude their regular-season schedule. The Trojans welcome the NSAA's leader Jamestown (N.D.). The game is slated for 6 p.m. at the DSU Fieldhouse in Madison, S.D. The Trojan men's basketball team will be recognizing their seniors as part of Senior Night on Saturday.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director