February 24, 2014
MADISON, S.D. – Dylan Hale of Dakota State (S.D.) was selected by the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) as its men's basketball player-of-the-week. The eighth edition of the NSAA weekly honor was announced Monday. It was Hale's second time this season that he was named to NSAA Men's Basketball Player-of-the-Week.
Hale, 6-foot-2-inch guard, averaged 25.0 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steals as Dakota State won a pair of NSAA conference games last week, extending their winning streak to four games. He scored 15 points in 78-65 road victory at Mayville State (N.D.) on Feb. 19.
Hale poured in a career-high 35 points in 96-88 overtime home thriller over NSAA's conference leader Jamestown (N.D.), ending UJ's 10-game winning streak and handed their first conference loss of the season. He was 11-for-19 from the field, 5-for-9 from the 3-point line and made 8 free-throws in 11 attempts in the game.
For the week, Hale was 16-for-38 from the field, 9-for-21 from the 3-point arc and converted 9-of-13 free-throws. He currently leads the NSAA conference in scoring average with 17.7 points per game.
According to the DakStats-NAIA statistical website as of Monday, Hale ranks 10th in the nation in 3-point field goal made per game (3.0). He ranks 18th in the nation in total 3-point field goals made (78), 39th in steals per game (1.8) and 47th in total steals with 46.
Hale's 78 3-pointers this season is the fifth-most 3-pointers made in a single season in the Trojan men's basketball record book.
Dakota State also completed their NSAA conference games at home with a 4-0 record after the victory versus Jamestown (N.D.). The Trojans are 10-3 record at home.
Dylan is the son of Arthur Hale and Chris Tholkes. He is a senior General Studies major at Dakota State University.
Dakota State kicks off their postseason play on Saturday (March 1) in the inaugural North Star Athletic Association Men's Basketball Postseason Tournament. The Trojans, No. 2 seed in the tournament, will host third-seed Valley City State (N.D.) in the semifinals. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. at DSU Fieldhouse.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director