March 3, 2014
JAMESTOWN, N.D. – Trailing 68-54 with one minute and 25 seconds left in regulation in battle of two top teams in the first-ever North Star Athletic Association Men's Basketball Postseason Championship game at the Civic Center Monday evening, Dakota State roared back by scoring 13 consecutive points to trim Jamestown's (N.D.) lead to 68-67 with 19.5 seconds remaining. The Trojans fell short as UJ sealed the game by nailing down four free-throws to earn a 72-67 victory. The Jimmies never trailed in the game.
Dakota State and Jamestown met for the third straight year in the conference postseason tournament's championship game, with the Trojans winning the previous two championship games over the Jimmies.
UJ, tournament's top-seed team, jumped to a 15-5 lead with 14:44 left in the first-half, forcing DSU to call the first timeout of the game. The Jimmies were able to extend their lead to the biggest lead of the first-half at 24-9 with less than nine minutes remaining.
DSU, second-seeded team in the conference postseason tournament, closed the first-half with a 15-9 run to trim UJ's lead to nine points. Cameron Robinson hit a 3-pointer before halftime buzzer as the Trojans trailed 33-24.
Jamestown shot 13-for-30 from the field (43.3 percent) in the first twenty minutes of the game compared to the Trojans' 8-for-24 (33.3 percent). Both teams drained four 3-pointers in the first-half.
After UJ earned a 12-piont lead at 43-31, Dakota State went on a 12-2 scoring outburst to cut Jimmies' lead to 45-42 with 13:29 remaining. During the scoring run, the Trojans drained three 3-pointers (a pair from Dylan Hale and one from Robinson) and added a basket by Marcus Smith.
The Jimmies raced to the biggest lead of the game by using a 16-3 scoring run. Their lead grew to 61-45 with 5:47 remaining.
Trailing by 14 points with 1:25 left in the game, the Trojans roared back with a 13-0 scoring run within a span of one minute and five seconds to cut UJ's lead to 68-67. DSU was 5-for-6 from the field (Smith kicked off the scoring run by draining a 3-pointer; Yusuf Vinson added three field goals and Hale hit a 3-pointer) in the furious comeback – including making four consecutive field goals.
UJ's Brequan Tucker missed the front side of the bonus free-throw and committed three consecutive turnovers to allow the Trojans to rally back to trim their deficit to one point with 19.5 seconds left.
Dakota State was unable to complete their furious comeback as Jimmie Mark Hoge nailed down four free-throws to close the game, securing a five-point victory over the Trojans.
UJ was 53.8 percent from the field in the second-half (14-for-26), while DSU was 16-for-37 from the field (43.2 percent).
The Trojans outscored the Jimmies 43-39 in the final twenty minutes of the game.
Vinson led Dakota State with 19 points. He was 8-for-15 from the field, including 2-for-3 from the 3-point line. Smith added 16 points as he was 5-for-10 from the field, 2-for-5 from the 3-point line and made all four free-throws. Hale scored 12 points. Robinson had nine points. Jordan Snyder recorded seven points. Adam Hofer and Miguel Sansavour each added two points off the bench.
Vinson and Snyder each earned nine rebounds for DSU. Hale added seven rebounds. Sansavour grabbed six rebounds.
Robinson dished out nine assists for the Trojans. Hale had three assists. Vinson recorded two steals.
Vinson, Robinson and Sansavour each had a blocked shot.
Hoge poured in a game-high 36 points for the Jimmies. He was 12-for-21 from the field, 5-for-11 from the 3-point line and nailed down all seven free-throw attempts. Tucker added 15 points. Taylor Newton had eight points.
Jacob Havron led UJ with six rebounds. Newton, Jake Hagler and Hoge each had five rebounds.
Hagler led Jamestown with 11 assists. Hoge added seven assists and stole the ball five times.
The Jimmies shot 48.2 percent overall from the field (27-for-56) compared to the Trojans' 39.3 percent (24-for-61). The Trojans drained 10 3-pointers in 25 attempts (40 percent), while UJ was 9-for-26 from the 3-point line (34.6 percent).
Both teams were 9-for-10 from the free-throw line (90 percent).
DSU outrebounded Jamestown 40-28 in the game. The Trojans pulled down 14 offensive rebounds compared to the Jimmies' 4 offensive rebounds. DSU outscored UJ 11-2 in second-chance points.
It was the final career collegiate men's basketball game for five DSU seniors – Hale, Cameron Krump, Smith, Snyder and Vinson.
Dakota State finished their season with an overall record of 15-15 and 6-2 conference record in the North Star. The Trojans' five-game winning streak was snapped. The Trojans recorded double-digit victories for the fifth straight season.
Jamestown ended their season with an overall record of 17-12 and 7-1 NSAA conference record.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director