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Valley City State University
Men's Basketball - Sat, Feb. 14, 2015

February 14, 2015

Photo credits by Kaden Huntrods



MADISON, S.D. – Trailing by seven points in the early second-half Saturday evening at DSU Fieldhouse, Dakota State (S.D.) rallied back by outscoring Valley City State (N.D.) 38-26 in the final 17:35 of the game for a 70-64 North Star Athletic Association men's basketball conference victory.  With DSU's victory coupled with Jamestown (N.D.) and Presentation (S.D.) put the Trojans in a sole possession for first-place in the NSAA conference standings.

Dakota State improved their overall record to 13-13 and 6-2 in NSAA conference play.  Valley City State lost their fourth straight game, falling to 11-16 overall record and 1-7 NSAA record.

The first twenty minutes of the game saw 4 ties and 11 lead changes with the lead no bigger than six points for DSU and VCSU.  After a 2-2 tie, the Vikings scored five straight points for their biggest lead of the first-half at 7-2 with 14:06 on the clock.

Then, the Trojans used a 13-2 scoring spurt to grab a 15-9 lead with 8:23 left before halftime.  VCSU answered back by scoring six straight points to record the third tie of the game at 15-15 with 6:33 remaining in the first period.

Austin Rambow hit a field goals with two seconds left, giving Valley City State a slim 26-25 halftime advantage.

Both teams struggled from the field with VCSU shooting 38.5 percent (10-of-26) and DSU 10-of-29 (34.5 percent) in the first-half.

The Vikings made their first three shots of the second-half – with 2 field goals from the 3-point line – during an 8-2 scoring run, extending VCSU's biggest lead of the game at 34-27 with 18:27 remaining.

Dakota State answered back by scoring 12 straight points to regain their lead at 39-34 lead with 14:23 left in the game.  The Trojans were 5-of-6 from the field during the scoring run.

Valley City State was able to cut DSU's lead to 45-44 with 8:41 left, but DSU went on 9-0 run to earn the biggest lead of the game at 54-44 with 4:37 left.

The Trojans maintained their lead for the rest of the game to secure the victory.  VCSU could get no closer than four points with 18 seconds remaining (64-60).

Dakota State outscored Valley City State 40-34 in the second-half.  Both teams were shooting above 50 percent in the final twenty minutes, with DSU shooting 53.8 percent (14-of-26) and VCSU 52 percent (13-of-25). 

The Trojans were 10-of-15 free-throws in the second-half while the Vikings made all three free-throw attempts.

DSU had four scorers in double digits, led by Bryant Allen with 17 points.  Derek Meger added 12 points (5-of-7 field goals).  Brendon Boomsma and Ian Barse each scored 10 points off the bench.  Miguel Sansavour had eight points.

Nathaniel Raun, Cameron Robinson, Allen and Meger each earned five rebounds for Dakota State.  Sansavour had four rebounds.

Robinson dished out a game-high eight assists for DSU.  He had three blocked shots and stole the ball four times.  Sansavour recorded five assists and a blocked shot.  Allen had three steals. 

Ellwood Ellenson scored 17 points for the Vikings.  Riley West added 13 points.  Mac Kroeplin tallied 11 points.

Ellenson grabbed nine boards for VCSU.  Jayden Ferguson added seven rebounds. 

Ferguson produced four assists for the Vikings.  West had three assists.

Valley City State shot 45.1 percent overall from the field (23-of-51) compared to Dakota State 43.6 percent (24-of-55).  The Vikings were 8-of-21 from the 3-point line (38.1 percent).  The Trojans made 5 3-pointers in 22 attempts (22.7 percent).

DSU went to the free-throw line 18 times, making 12 free-throws (66.7 percent).  VCSU was 6-of-8 free-throws.

Both team had 32 rebounds in the game.

The Trojans outscored the Vikings 14-0 in transition points, 20-8 in points off turnovers, 34-18 inside the paint and 28-9 in bench points.

Dakota State and Valley City State heads into the final week of NSAA conference play with two games remaining.  The Trojans head to Jamestown (N.D.) on Wednesday evening at the Civic Center in Jamestown, N.D.  VCSU returns home and host Mayville State (N.D.) at W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse in Valley City, N.D.  Both games are scheduled to tip off at 7:30 p.m.

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

Keith Bundy - Terry Ryan Distinguished Service Award honored at halftime

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