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Men's Basketball - Tue, Nov. 3, 2015

November 3, 2015

SIOUX CENTER, Iowa – The Dakota State University (S.D.) men's basketball team could not hang on to their seven-point lead in the first-half as the nationally-ranked Dordt (Iowa) used a strong closing run for a 79-63 non-conference victory at DeWitt Gymnasium Tuesday evening.

Dakota State, receiving votes in the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Coaches Top 25 national poll, fell to 1-1 overall record.  Dordt, ranked No. 13 in the national preseason poll, won their season opener game.

Tied 6-6 in the early going, the Trojans went on to score seven straight points from three different scorers (Derek Meger, Ian Barse and Brendon Boomsma) for a 13-6 lead with fourteen minutes and twenty-seven seconds left in the first-half.

The Defenders answered back with an 11-3 scoring run to regain their lead at 17-16 with 10:03 on the clock in the first-half.

At 24-24, Dordt used a 15-4 spurt to grab a double-digit lead at 39-28 with 1:36 remaining before halftime.

Dakota State would close the first half with a 5-0 run after a field goal by Boomsma and a 3-pointer by Nathaniel Rauen to cut DC's lead to 39-33 by intermission.

The Trojans could get no closer than four points in two different occasions early in the second half (41-37 with 18:55 left and 46-42 with 16:11 remaining).

Dordt outscored Dakota State 40-30 in the final twenty minutes of the game.  The Defenders shot 54.5 percent from the field in the second-half (18-of-33) compared to the Trojans' 42.3 percent (11-of-26). 

Boomsma scored 17 points for the Trojans.  Kyle Kilgore posted a double-double of 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.  He was 7-of-9 shooting from the field. 

Tanner Heiser added nine points and dished out three assists for DSU.  Derek Meger added nine points and earned five rebounds.

Barse, Heiser and Rauen each recorded a steal for Dakota State.  Meger had two blocked shots.  Kilgore and Justin Folkers each had a block.

Leighton Sampson poured in 19 points on his 9-of-12 shooting from the field for the Defenders.  Nathan Rindels added 13 points.  Andrew O'Donnell scored 12 points off the bench (6-of-9 field goals). 

Austin Bykerk, Sampson and O'Donnell each collected six rebounds for DC.  Bryan Sumner dished out three assists.  Bykerk and O'Donnell each had two steals.

The Defenders shot 47.9 percent overall from the field (35-of-73) compared to the Trojans' 40.4 percent (23-of-57).  Both teams were 66.7 percent from the free-throw line, but DSU had 12-of-18 free-throws while DC made 6-of-9 free-throws.

DC outrebounded DSU 44-35 in the game. 

Dakota State looks to bounce back in the winning column Friday afternoon.  The Trojans head to Aberdeen, S.D. to face Oak Hills Christian (Minn.) as part of the Isreal and Strong Classic, sponsored by AmericInn.  Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Strode Center on the campus of Presentation (S.D.) College.

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

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