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(8)Midland University
Men's Basketball - Sat, Jan. 3, 2015

January 3, 2015


Photo courtesy of Kaden Huntrods

MADISON, S.D. – Dakota State (S.D.) never trailed in the game Saturday evening at DSU Fieldhouse, kicking off the 2015 year with a 73-68 upset victory over nationally-ranked Midland (Neb.).  Nine different Trojans scored in the game to earn a victory over a nationally-ranked team for the first time since Nov. 6, 2013 (DSU defeated No. 15 Northwestern, Iowa at DSU Fieldhouse).

Dakota State improved their overall record to 5-10.  Midland, who was a runner-up in last year's NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Division II National Tournament, dropped to 13-3 overall record.  The Warriors are ranked No. 8 in the latest national poll.

Tied at 4-4 to open up the game, the Trojans outscored the Warriors 11-3 to gain a 15-7 lead with thirteen minutes on the clock in the first-half.

DSU recorded the biggest lead of the game at 23-13 after a 3-pointer by Derek Meger (assisted by Ian Barse) with 7:28 left before intermission.

Dakota State held on to a 35-28 halftime advantage.

The Trojans shot a sizzling 50 percent from the field in the first twenty minutes (14-of-28).  MU was held to 34.4 percent shooting (11-of-32).

DSU continues to hold their lead, extending to 41-32 after a basket by Meger (assisted by Cameron Robinson) with 16:14 remaining.

Midland would be able to cut DSU's lead by two points on two occasions – 43-41 with 13:15 left and 46-44 with 11:22 remaining.

The Trojans widen their lead to 52-44 after a 9-3 scoring run with 7:35 left in the game.

The Warriors rallied back with a 12-5 spurt to trim DSU's lead to 57-56 with less than four minutes remaining in the game.

Adam Hofer answered the Trojans with a back-to-back 3-pointers for a 63-56 lead with 2:50 to go in the game.

Robinson nailed down a pair of free-throws to extend Dakota State's lead to 68-60 with 48 seconds left. 

After a 3-pointer by the Warriors to trim DSU's lead to 71-68, the Trojans secured the game after Bryant Allen made both free-throws with less than five seconds remaining in the game.

MU outscored DSU 40-38 in the second half.

The Trojans shot 47.6 percent from the field in the final twenty minutes of the game (10-fo-21), while the Warriors went 14-for-33 from the field (42.4 percent).

Robinson led Dakota State with 14 points.  He dished a game-high seven assists and recorded two steals.  Meger and Hofer each added 13 points.  Robinson, Meger and Hofer each went 4-for-7 from the field.

Taylor Zirbel and Brendon Boomsma each scored eight points off the bench for the Trojans.  Zirbel was 4-for-5 from the field while Boomsma was perfect 2-for-2 from the field (both three-pointers) and made both free-throws.

Miguel Sansavour and Allen each added five points for DSU.

Robinson earned nine rebounds for Dakota State.  Sansavour added seven rebounds.  Zirbel recorded two blocked shots.  Sansavour and Nathaniel Rauen each had a block.

Hofer had three assists for the Trojans.  Ian Barse and Rauen each added two assists.

Alex Starkel tallied 16 points and recorded five steals for Midland.  Galen Gullie added 15 points.  Jalen Hueser scored 11 points.

Guille dished out six assists for the Warriors.  Jones added five assists and Marcus Franklin with four assists.

Hueser grabbed six rebounds for MU.  Starkel and Jones each had five rebounds.

Dakota State shot 49 percent overall from the field, converting 24 baskets in 49 attempts.  Midland was 25-of-65 from the field (38.5 percent).  The Trojans drained eight 3-pointers in 18 attempts (44.4 percent) while the Warriors were 7-of-20 from the 3-point arc.

Both teams struggled from the free-throw line in the game.  DSU made 17 free-throws in 30 attempts (56.7 percent) compared to MU 11-of-20 free-throws (55 percent).

Midland had a slight rebounding over the Trojans 39-36.

The Trojans' bench outscored Warriors' bench 24-17.

It was the second straight game that DSU had faced a nationally-ranked team from the NAIA's Top 10 rankings.

Dakota State returns to action next Saturday (Jan. 10) as they visit their long-time rival Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.), ranked No. 4 in the latest NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 national poll.  Tip-off from the Corn Palace in Mitchell, S.D. is set for 8 p.m.

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

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