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Men's Basketball - Wed, Feb. 4, 2015

February 4, 2015

PHOTO GALLERY - Photo credits by Cody Welu and Tyler Flaagan


MADISON, S.D. – The battle of the top teams in the North Star Athletic Association Men's Basketball conference between Jamestown (N.D.) and Dakota State (S.D.) took place at DSU Fieldhouse Wednesday evening.  The game featured a tale of two halves with the Trojans jumping to a 12-point halftime lead.  The Jimmies used a second-half surge by outscoring DSU 56-37 to gain an 87-80 NSAA conference victory.

Dakota State's six-game winning streak was snapped, dipping their overall record to 11-12.  Jamestown, receiving votes in the latest NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 national poll, lifted their overall record to 16-6.  UJ, DSU and Presentation (S.D.) are currently in a three-way tie for first-place in the NSAA conference standings with a 4-1 record.

The Trojans kicked off the game with a fast start, escaping to an 11-0 lead with sixteen minutes and twenty-five seconds on the clock in the first-half.  During the fast start, the Trojans were 5-of-6 from the field while the Jimmies missed their first four shots of the game.

UJ snapped their scoring drought with a basket by Jake Hagler with 16:10 left in the first-half, trimming DSU's lead to 11-2.

Dakota State continued their scoring run, expanding their lead to 30-15 with 11:05 on the clock in the first period.  During that run, DSU's Ian Barse was 4-of-4 from the 3-point line and made a total of six 3-pointers since the start of the game (Adam Hofer and Brendon Boomsma).

A basket by Derek Meger with 4:37 on the clock in first gave the Trojans the biggest lead of the game at 41-25.

DSU maintained a 43-31 halftime lead.  The Trojans were 54.5 percent shooting from the field in the first twenty minutes of the game (18-of-33), including 7-of-13 from the 3-point range (53.8 percent).  The Jimmies were 12-of-26 from the field (46.2 percent) and 2-of-11 from the 3-point line.

Jamestown stormed back to start the second-half with a 21-9 run to knot the game at 52-52 with 14:14 remaining in the game.  The Jimmies were 9-of-11 from the field during the scoring spurt, including making the first seven shots (DSU was 3-of-9 field goals).

After a 3-pointer by Barse to give DSU a 73-72 lead with 3:35 left, the Jimmies scored nine consecutive points to gain an 81-73 lead with less than 52 seconds to go in the game. 

The Trojans could get no closer than three points on two different occasions at 81-78 with 35 seconds left and 83-80 with 20 seconds remaining.  UJ was 4-of-4 free-throws in the final 19 seconds of the game (two free-throws apiece from Cedric Smith and Taylor Newton) to secure the victory.

Jamestown shot 58.8 percent from the field (20-of-34) in the final twenty minutes, with 6-of-9 coming from the 3-point line.  Dakota State was 12-of-30 shooting from the field (40 percent) in the second-half and 3-of-13 3-poniters.

Meger scored a season-high 22 points and earned nine rebounds for the Trojans.  He was 9-of-13 from the field and made all four free-throw attempts.  Bryant Allen added 17 points.  Barse had 16 points off the bench (5-of-8 3-pointers).  Taylor Zirbel tallied 10 points.  Hofer had eight points.

Cameron Robinson dished out a game-high seven assists for DSU.  He had six rebounds.  Boomsma added five assists.

Hofer and Robinson each recorded two steals for Dakota State.

Brequan Tucker had 27 points and 8 rebounds for the Jimmies.  He was 9-of-20 from the field, 3-for-6 3-pointers and 6-of-8 from the free-throw line.  Smith had a double-double of 23 points (9-of-12 field goals and 5-of-8 free-throws) and pulled down 10 rebounds. 

Tucker produced six assists for UJ.  Taylor Newton added five assists.

Jamestown shot 53.3 percent overall from the field (32-of-60) compared to Dakota State 47.6 percent (30-of-63).  The Trojans drained 10 3-pointers in 26 attempts (38.5 percent), while the Jimmies were 8-of-20 3-pointers (40 percent).

UJ was 15-of-22 from the free-throw line (68.2 percent).  DSU was 10-of-12 free-throws (83.3 percent).

The Trojans dished a total of 22 assists in the game.  The Jimmies had 16 assists.

Jamestown outscored Dakota State 44-30 inside the paint. 

Dakota State looks to bounce back in the winning column Saturday evening.  The Trojans kick off the second-half portion of the NSAA conference schedule, visiting Presentation at the Strode Center in Aberdeen, S.D.  Jamestown is slated to travel to Valley City State (N.D.) at the W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse.  Both games are set to tip off at 6 p.m.

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

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