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

March 3, 2015

PHOTO GALLERY - Photo credits by Cody Welu and Tyler Flaagan

VIDEO CLIP #1 - Last 1.1 seconds of the game

VIDEO CLIP #2 - Cutting down the nets

JAMESTOWN, N.D. – The battle of North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Men's Basketball conference co-leaders Dakota State (S.D.) and Jamestown (N.D.) met in the championship game Tuesday evening at the Civic Center.  Coming off from UJ's timeout with less than 30 seconds, Cameron Robinson stole the ball and drove in for a lay-up to give the Trojans a 66-65 lead with 24.7 seconds remaining.  The Trojans was able to make a stop on the next possession and held on to a thrilling victory, earning the NSAA's conference automatic bid for the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Tournament.

DSU opened up the game by firing 10 baskets in 13 attempts for a 23-11 lead with eleven minutes and thirty-three seconds left on the clock in the first-half.

Jamestown answered back with an 18-6 scoring run to tie the game at 29-29 with 4:42 left before halftime. 

The Trojans held on to a 35-32 halftime advantage.  DSU was 15-of-32 from the field in the first-half (15-of-32) while UJ was 13-of-26 from the field (50 percent). 

After the Jimmies started the second-half by cutting Trojans' lead to 35-34, DSU went on an 8-2 scoring run to extend their lead to 43-36 with 17:53 left in the game.

Dakota State maintained their lead between 3-point and 7-point almost the entire second-half before the Jimmies mounted a comeback late in the game to regain their lead.

Trailing 56-49 with less than nine minutes to go, Jamestown used a 16-6 scoring run to gain a 65-62 lead after a 3-pointer by KeWan Davis with 1:21 left.  It was the first lead for the Jimmies since 17:12 of the first-half (7-4).

Bryant Allen nailed down both free-throws with less than 47 seconds to go, trimming UJ's lead to 65-64.   The Jimmies called a timeout with 29 seconds remaining in the game.

Coming out from the timeout by UJ's bench, Robinson quickly stole the ball and made a lay-up to put Trojans ahead at 66-65 with 24.7 seconds left.

Dakota State's defense put a stop on the next possession as UJ's Brequan Tucker shot came up short and was rebounded by Derek Meger with 1.7 seconds to go in the game.  Meger was fouled by the Jimmies, setting up a bonus situation for the Trojans.

Meger missed the back side of the bonus free-throw and was rebounded by Davis with 1.1 seconds left, forcing the Jimmies to call timeout with their possession in the back-court.

The Trojans secured the game as Robinson was able to steal from long pass from Jimmie Hagler, earning the trip to the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Tournament for the third time in the last four years for Dakota State.

UJ outscored DSU 33-31 in the final twenty minutes of the game.  The Trojans held the Jimmies to 34.4 percent shooting in the second-half (11-of-32).  Dakota State was 44.3 percent shooting from the field (12-of-29), including 5-of-10 from the 3-point line.

Allen scored a game-high 23 points (8-of-20 field goals, 3-of-7 from the 3-point line and 4-of-4 free-throws) for the Trojans.  Adam Hofer added 12 points.  Meger, Miguel Sansavour and Nathaniel Rauen each had eight points.  Robinson tallied seven points. 

Allen pulled down nine rebounds for DSU.  Hofer had four rebounds.  Meger, Rauen and Taylor Zirbel each had three rebounds. 

Robinson dished out six assists and stole the ball four times for Dakota State.  Meger added three assists.  Sansavour, Allen and Hofer each had two assists.

Davis recorded a double-double of 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds off the bench for the Jimmies.  Tucker added 16 points.  Jacob Havron scored eight points.

Newton had seven rebounds and seven assists for UJ.  Tucker had four assists. 

Dakota State shot 44.3 percent overall from the field (27-of-61) and 8-of-20 from the 3-point line (40 percent).  Jamestown was 41.4 percent from the field (24-of-58) and 5-of-19 from the 3-point arc (26.3 percent).

UJ was 12-of-15 free-throws while DSU was 4-of-5 free-throws.

The Jimmies outrebounded the Trojans 40-29 in the game. 

Dakota State stole the ball eight times while Jamestown had two steals.

The game saw four ties and three lead changes.

It was the fourth straight year that both Dakota State and Jamestown had met in the conference championship game, including the last three years at the Civic Center in Jamestown.  The Trojans won the Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) in 2012 (at DSU Fieldhouse) and 2013 (at Jamestown).  The Jimmies defeated the Trojans in last year's inaugural NSAA conference championship game in Jamestown.

Dakota State, which won their fourth straight game and 12th win in the last 15 games to lift their overall record to 17-14, will wait to hear from the NAIA national office for the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Tournament brackets release.  The NAIA will have a live video selection show of the brackets announcement on www.naia.org on Wednesday at 8 p.m.

The Trojans had secured a winning season for the fourth time in the last six seasons.

Jamestown dipped their overall record to 20-9 overall record. 

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

 
 
 
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