February 22, 2014
PHOTO GALLERY - Photos by Cody Welu
MADISON, S.D. – Dakota State (S.D.) kicked off the overtime period by racing to a 11-point lead and handed Jamestown (N.D.) its first North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) men's basketball conference loss with a 96-88 victory Saturday evening at DSU Fieldhouse. The victory gave DSU their fourth straight victory and snapped UJ's 10-game winning streak. It was the regular-season finale for both teams as they head into the postseason next week.
Dakota State, who is 10-3 record at home this season and undefeated in all four NSAA home conference games, moved back to .500 with an overall record of 14-14. The Trojans finished in a sole possession for second place with a 6-2 conference record.
Jamestown – which already claimed the first-ever NSAA conference regular-season title outright after routing Valley City State (N.D.) on Feb. 19 – dropped to 15-12 overall record and 7-1 NSAA.
The Jimmies went on to drain three consecutive 3-pointers to earn a 9-3 lead with 17:02 left before halftime.
Dakota State would answer back by using an 8-2 run in a span of nearly three minutes to regain their lead at 12-11.
Tied at 26-26, the Trojans closed the first-half with a 7-2 run to grab a 33-28 halftime lead.
Dakota State shot a blazing 52 percent from the field in the first-half, making 13 baskets in 25 attempts. DSU was 5-for-10 from the 3-point arc (50 percent). Jamestown was 11-for-33 from the field (33.3 percent) and 5-for-15 from the 3-point line (39.3 percent).
DSU kicked off the second-half with a 9-5 scoring run to extend their lead to 42-33 (Dylan Hale scored the first nine Trojans points).
UJ rallied back with a 14-5 run in a span of 5:03 and tied the game 47-47.
Both teams traded leads 11 times and tied the game 7 times in the final 10:46 of the game.
Trailing 73-71, Miguel Sansavour made a basket to tie the game at 73-73 with 16 seconds left.
Jamestown was unable convert their scoring opportunity as Taylor Newton's shot with less than eight seconds left was blocked by Trojan Sansavour. DSU retained the possession and called timeout with 7.4 seconds left in regulation.
DSU Robinson's 3-point shot attempt at the buzzer fell short as the game was extended into extra period.
Leading 75-74 in overtime, the Trojans went on to score 10 straight points to earn the biggest lead of the game at 85-74 with 1:30 remaining. During that scoring outburst, DSU nailed down all six free-throw attempts (a pair of free-throws from Jordan Snyder, Robinson and Smith) and recorded a pair of field goals from Hale.
Jamestown could get no closer than five points at 93-88 with 36 seconds left. The Trojans sealed off the victory by making three free-throws in the final 33 seconds of the game (2 free-throws by Hale and a free-throw by Adam Hofer).
Dakota State outscored the Jimmies 23-15 in overtime.
The Trojans were 3-for-3 from the field and 17-for-20 from the free-throw line in the final five minutes of the game.
UJ was 5-for-9 from the field and 3-for-5 from the free-throw line in overtime.
Hale poured in a career-high 35 points – his 16th straight game scoring in double digits – for the Trojans. He was 11-for-19 from the field, 5-for-9 from the 3-point line and 8-for-11 from the free-throw line.
Smith added 25 points as he was 7-for-15 from the field and 3-for-4 from the 3-point arc for DSU. He made all eight free throw attempts.
Yusuf Vinson and Snyder both recorded double-doubles in the game for Dakota State. Vinson had 10 points and earned a game-high 14 rebounds. Snyder added 10 points and pulled down 12 rebounds.
Hofer and Sansavour each scored six points off the bench for the Trojans. Robinson had four points.
DSU Robinson dished out a game-high 11 assists. Hale and Hofer each added two assists.
Robinson stole the ball four times in the game for the Trojans.
Sansavour – who ranks third in the nation in blocks per game – recorded five blocked shots in the game for Dakota State. Cameron Krump and Vinson each added one block.
Sansavour had eight rebounds for the Trojans. Smith added five rebounds.
Mark Hoge scored 29 points for the Jimmies. He was 10-for-23 from the field, 3-for-8 from the 3-point line and 6-for-9 from the free-throw line. Brequan Tucker had a double-double of 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Newton had 19 points. Jake Hagler recorded eight points.
Hoge earned eight boards for UJ. He dished out three assists. Hagler recorded three steals. Tucker had two blocked shots.
Dakota State shot 45.8 percent overall from the field (27-for-59) compared to Jamestown 42.9 percent (30-for-70). The Jimmies were 11-for-28 from the 3-point line (39.3 percent), while DSU was 8-for-19 from the 3-point arc (42.1 percent).
DSU converted 34 free-throws in 46 attempts (73.9 percent), including 32-for-42 from the free-throw line in second-half and overtime. UJ was 17-for-25 from the free-throw line (68 percent).
The Trojans grabbed 54 rebounds (14 offensive rebounds and 40 defensive rebounds) compared to the Jimmies' 31 rebounds (5 offensive rebounds and 31 defensive rebounds).
The game saw 14 ties and 12 lead changes.
It was the final regular-season collegiate basketball game for five Trojan seniors – Hale, Krump, Smith, Snyder and Vinson.
Dakota State will remain at home on next Saturday (March 1) as they compete in the inaugural NSAA Men's Basketball Conference Postseason Tournament. The Trojans, No. 2 seed in the postseason tournament, host No. 3 seed Valley City State in the semifinal action. Tip-off is slated for 6 p.m. at DSU Fieldhouse.
Jamestown, the top-seed in the postseason tournament, will host the quarterfinal winner between No. 5 seed Mayville State (N.D.) and Presentation (S.D.) on Saturday, March 1 at 6 p.m. in Jamestown, N.D.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director
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