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Men's Basketball - Sat, Jan. 24, 2015

January 24, 2015

DICKINSON, N.D. – Trailing as many as 12 points midway through the second half Saturday evening at Scott Gymnasium, Dakota State (S.D.) roared back and held on to defeat Dickinson State (N.D.) by the score of 70-68 to stay undefeated in North Star Athletic Association Men's Basketball Conference.  It was the fourth straight victory for the Trojans and fifth win in the last six games.

Dakota State raised their overall record to 9-11 and remained tied in first-place with No. 25-ranked Jamestown (N.D.) with a 2-0 NSAA record.  Dickinson State (N.D.), newcomer to the NSAA conference this season, dropped to 9-10 overall record and 1-1 NSAA conference record.

It was the first meeting for both teams in the North Star Athletic Association conference.  Both teams were former Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC) with the last conference meeting four years ago (2011).

The Trojans recorded their first victory at Scott Gymnasium for the first time since Jan. 12, 2008 when Dakota State won by the score of 83-81 in DAC conference play.

DaSU grabbed their first lead of the game after Miguel Sansavour made a basket (assisted by Adam Hofer) with nineteen minutes and seventeen seconds on the clock in the first-half.

The Blue Hawks answered back with a 13-4 scoring run to earn a 13-6 lead with 13:51 remaining before halftime.

Dakota State used a 14-7 scoring run to tie the game for the second time at 7-minute mark after Sansavour's basket.  The game was tied at 20-20.

After the third tie of the game recorded at 22-22, the Blue Hawks went outscore the Trojans 9-2 to grab a seven-point lead at 31-24 with 4:07 left in the first-half.

Cameron Robinson drained a 3-pointer before the halftime buzzer as DaSU trimmed DiSU's lead to 35-31.

Leading 37-35 in the early second-half, Dickinson State went on a 16-6 scoring spurt to earned the largest lead of the game at 53-41 with 13:40 left in the game.

The Trojans held Dickinson State to just three points in a span of over six minutes to cut Blue Hawks' lead to 56-54 with 7:17 remaining (after Bryant Allen hit a pair of free-throws).

Trailing 67-66, Robinson made a basket with 2:37 left as the Trojans regained their lead at 68-67 for the first time since their opening lead of the game.

Mack Odenier missed the first free-throw, but made the second free-throw as the Blue Hawks tied the game with 37 seconds remaining.

Allen made a field goal with less than three seconds remaining to give Trojans a two-point lead (70-68).

Dakota State secured the game after Hofer stole the ball from DiSU's Jeremy Samuelson to end to a thrilling victory.

The Trojans outscored the Blue Hawks 39-33 in the final twenty minutes of the game.

Allen had a game-high 25 points for the Trojans.  Derek Meger added 14 points (7-of-9 field goals).  Taylor Zirbel scored eight points off the bench.  Robinson netted seven points.

Meger grabbed nine rebounds for Dakota State.  Sansavour added eight rebounds.  Ian Barse earned six boards.

Hofer and Brendon Boomsma each dished out two assists for DaSU.  Allen had three steals.  Hofer stole the ball twice in the game.

Four players scored in double-digits for the Blue Hawks, led by Tevin Russell with 20 points.  Odenier added 14 points.  Jacob Gondrezick and Connor Donaldson each scored 10 points.

Odenier pulled down nine rebounds for DiSU.  Donaldson added eight rebounds.

Gondrezick produced seven assists and stole the ball twice in the game for Dickinson State.  Russell had two steals.

The Blue Hawks shot 46.4 percent overall from the field (26-of-56) and shot 48.3 percent in the first-half (14-of-29).  The Trojans were 44.8 percent shooting from the field (30-of-67), with 48.5 percent shooting in the second-half (16-of-33).

DiSU was 10-of-17 free-throws compared to DaSU 7-of-11 free-throws.

Dakota State outrebounded Dickinson State 41-30 in the game.  The Trojans had 14 offensive rebounds while the Blue Hawks earned 6 offensive rebounds.

Dakota State continues their NSAA conference action on the road Wednesday evening, visiting Valley City State (N.D.).  Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m. at W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse in Valley City, N.D.

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information director

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