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Men's Basketball - Sat, Nov. 15, 2014

November 15, 2014


YANKTON, S.D. – Tied 55-55 with six minutes and 13 seconds remaining in the game Saturday afternoon at Cimpl Arena, the Dakota State men's basketball team closed the game with a 23-12 scoring run for a 78-67 non-conference victory over Mount Marty (S.D.).  The Trojans snapped their four-game losing skid and notched their first road victory of the season.


Dakota State improved their overall record to 2-4.  The Trojans had won the last eight meetings with in-state rival Mount Marty.  The Lancers, a member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference, remained winless in six games.

The first twenty minutes of the game saw one tie and five lead changes between DSU and MMC.  The biggest lead of the first-half was by Dakota State at 26-20 with 5:17 left before intermission.

The Lancers cut the Trojans' lead to 33-31 at halftime.

Mount Marty shot 40 percent from the field in the first-half (12-of-30) compared to Dakota State 39.4 percent (13-of-33). 

MMC opened the second-half with a 15-6 scoring run to earn a 46-37 lead with 15:46 left in the game.

DSU answered back to the tie the game at 51-51 after using a 14-5 scoring run in span of five-plus minutes.

With the game tied at 55-55, the Trojans escaped with a 14-4 scoring run to earn a double-digit lead at 69-59 with less than two minutes left in the game (after Miguel Sansavour's dunk to give DSU a 10-point lead).

Dakota State secured the game by making nine free-throws out of 12 attempts in the final 1:06 of the game.

The Trojans outscored the Lancers 45-36 in the second-half.

DSU shot 53.6 percent from the field in the final twenty minutes of the game (15-of-28) compared to the Lancers 46.9 percent (15-of-32).  The Trojans were 11-of-16 from the free-throw line in the second-half while MMC was 4-of-5 from the free-throw line.

Four Trojan players scored in double digits, led by Bryant Allen with 21 points.  He was 8-for-15 from the field, including 3-for-6 from the 3-point line and made both free-throw attempts.  Sansavour added 15 points.  Adam Hofer scored 11 points off the bench, while Taylor Zirbel tallied 10 points from the bench.  Brendon Boomsma had nine points. 

Sansavour grabbed nine rebounds for DSU.  He had three blocked shots in the game.  Hofer added five rebounds. 

Hofer led Dakota State with three assists.  Allen, Derek Meger, Adam Fideler and Nathaniel Rauen each dished out two assists.  Boomsma and Hofer each had a steal.

Jackson Seitzinger led the Lancers with 19 points.  He was 8-for-12 from the field and 3-for-4 from the 3-point arc.  KJ DeCristino added 10 points.

Patrick Ciganovic had six rebounds for Mount Marty.

Bud Smith dished out three assists for MMC.

Dakota State shot 45.9 percent overall from the field (28-of-61) compared to Mount Marty 43.5 percent (27-of-62).  The Trojans drained eight 3-pointers in 19 attempts (42.1 percent), while the Lancers were 7-of-24 from the 3-point range (29.2 percent).

DSU went to the free-throw line 21 times, making 14 free-throws (66.7 percent).  MMC was 6-for-7 from the free-throw line.

MMC had 36 rebounds compared to DSU 35 rebounds. 

Dakota State will play an exhibition game on Wednesday evening.  The Trojans visit NCAA Division II and Northern Sun Intercollegiate conference member Augustana (S.D.).  Tip-off from the Sioux Falls Arena is set for 8 p.m.

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

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