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Dickinson State University
Men's Basketball - Thu, Feb. 26, 2015

February 26, 2015

PHOTO GALLERY - Photo credits by Cody Welu and Tyler Flaagan


MADISON, S.D. – Trailing by five points at halftime (36-31) Wednesday evening at DSU Fieldhouse in the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Men's Basketball Quarterfinals action, No. 2 seed Dakota State roared back in the second-half by outscoring No. 5 seed Dickinson State (N.D.) 54-38 for an 85-74 victory.  The Trojans' second-half surge included a blazing 21-27 shooting (77.8 percent) and 5-for-6 from the 3-point line.

Bryant Allen sparked the Trojans to kick off the game, scoring all DaSU's eight points (3-for-3 field goals) for an 8-0 lead with eighteen minutes and nine seconds on the clock.

With DaSU leading 10-2, the Blue Hawks responded back with a 15-7 scoring run to tie the game at 17-17 with 11:14 remaining in the first-half.

The Blue Hawks continued their scoring run, extending to lead to 36-28 with 2:10 left before halftime.

A 3-pointer by Dakota State's Adam Hofer trimmed Blue Hawks' lead to 36-31 with less than two minutes in the first-half.

Dickinson State scored the Trojans 34-21 in the final 15:42 of the first-half.

The Blue Hawks shot 46.7 percent in the first twenty minutes of the game (14-of-30) compared to the Trojans' 46.2 percent (12-of-26).  Both teams made six 3-pointers in the first-half.

Dakota State went 5-of-7 from the field to kick off the second-half with a 10-5 scoring run, tying the game at 41-41 with 16:40 remaining.

Both teams traded leads or tied the game midway through the game, but then the Trojans' offensive started to explode. 

Trailing 63-62 with 8:52 left, DaSU went on a 15-4 scoring outburst in a span of over four minutes to gain a double-digit lead at 77-66.  During the scoring run, Allen drained three consecutive 3-pointers for the Trojans.

The Blue Hawks could get no closer than eight points (77-69 with 3:27) as Dakota State secured the victory.

DiSU, who is in their first year member with the NSAA conference, was 14-of-31 shooting from the field and 8-of-15 from the 3-point line during Trojans' blazing offense outburst in the second-half.  DaSU defeated DiSU in all three games this season

Allen poured in a career-high 40 points for Dakota State, which tied for the seventh most points in a single game in the DSU men's basketball record book.  He shot 14-of-20 from the field, including 7-of-10 from the 3-point line.  Allen was also 5-of-6 from the free-throw line.  Cameron Robinson added 10 points on his 5-of-8 field goal shooting.  Hofer scored nine points (from the 3-point line).  Derek Meger and Miguel Sansavour each had eight points.

Sansavour grabbed eight rebounds for the Trojans.  Meger added six rebounds.  Allen had five rebounds.  Sansavour and Taylor Zirbel each had a blocked shot.

Robinson produced eight assists and stole the ball three times for DaSU.  Allen and Hofer each had three assists.  Allen had two steals.

Four DiSU players scored in double digits led by Jacob Gondrezick with 19 points.  He was 7-of-13 from the field and 5-of-8 from the 3-point line.  Billy Engel added 13 points.  Connor Donaldson had 12 points.  Curtis Redd scored 11 points off the bench.  Tevin Russell had nine points.

Mack Odenier earned five boards for the Blue Hawks.  Redd and Donaldson each had four rebounds.

Gondrezick dished four assists for Dickinson State.  Redd had two steals and a blocked shot.

Dakota State shot a sizzling 62.3 percent from the field (33-of-53), and 11-of-18 from the 3-point line (61.1 percent).  Dickinson State shot 45.9 percent overall from the field (28-of-61) and 14-of-28 from the 3-point arc (50 percent).

DaSU was 8-of-14 free-throws (57.1 percent) while DiSU was perfect 4-of-4 from the free-throw line.

Dakota State outrebounded Dickinson State 33-24. 

The Trojans outscored the Blue Hawks 15-0 in transition points.  DaSU scored 32 points inside the paint while DiSU scored 20 points.

There were eight lead changes and five ties in the game.

Dickinson State ended their 2014-15 season with an overall record of 11-17.

DaSU moved above .500 for the first time this season with an overall record of 15-14.  The Trojans now will move on to the NSAA Men's Basketball semifinal round, hosting No. 4 seed Mayville State (N.D.).  The Comets posted an upset on the road, defeating No. 3 seed Presentation (S.D.) 72-66 Thursday in Aberdeen.

Tip-off for the NSAA semifinal game on Sunday evening is set for 6 p.m. at DSU Fieldhouse.

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

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