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Men's Basketball - Sat, Nov. 28, 2015

November 28, 2015

FREMONT, Neb. – Despite trailing by 17 points at halftime and shooting 29.6 percent from the field Saturday evening at the Midland Events Center, the Dakota State University (S.D.) men's basketball team second-half comeback bid fell short by the score of 78-77 to nationally-ranked Midland (Neb.) in the annual Draemel Classic.  The Trojans trailed as many as 20 points in the game.

Dakota State, receiving votes in the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Coaches' Preseason Top 25 national poll, fell to 4-4 overall record (all four losses were against NAIA's Top 25 nationally ranked teams during the month of November).  Midland, who is ranked No. 19 in the preseason national poll, raised their overall record to 5-6.

The Trojans grabbed the first lead of the game at 3-0 after a 3-pointer by Ian Barse with nineteen minutes and twenty-seven seconds on the clock. 

Tied at 11-11 with 14:12 on the clock in the first-half, the Warriors went on a 15-1 scoring outburst to earn a 26-12 lead with 9:33 left before halftime.

Midland recorded the biggest lead of the game at 44-24 with less than a minute to go.  The Trojans scored the final three points of the first-half (free-throw by Justin Folkers and a pair of free-throws by Brendon Boomsma) to cut MU's lead to 44-27 by intermission.

The Warriors shot 55.2 percent from the field (16-of-29) in the first twenty minutes of the game.  DSU was held to 8-of-27 shooting from the field. 

After Midland's lead grew to 19 points (46-27) to kick off the second-half, the Trojans went on an 8-0 scoring run to trim their deficit to 46-35 with 18:32 remaining in the game.  During the scoring run, DSU drained a pair of 3-pointers with a piece from Derek Meger and Boomsma.

Dakota State continued their scoring explosion as they cut Midland's lead to 58-54 with 12:19 left (27-12 scoring run for DSU).

Adam Hofer hit a 3-pointer with four minutes left in the game as the Trojans cut MU's lead within one point at 70-69.

Midland would go on to score eight straight points with a span of 1:51 as their lead ballooned to 78-69 with 2:09 remaining.

The Trojans had held Midland scoreless in the final 2:09 of the game, but fell short.  Hofer drained a 3-pointer to cut MU's lead to 78-72 with 1:46 left, followed by a lay-up by Boomsma with a minute to go with DSU trailing at 78-74.

DSU's Kyle Kilgore added a lay-up to reduce Midland's lead to 78-77 with 13 seconds to go in the game.  After a free-throw miss by the Warriors with less than two seconds remaining, the Trojans retained the ball in the backcourt out-of-bound after a team rebound with :00.8 seconds left.

The Trojans outscored the Warriors 50-34 in the final 20 minutes of the game, thanks to a blazing 67.7 percent shooting from the field (21-of-31) including a 5-of-9 showing from the 3-point line.  Midland did shot above 60 percent from the field in the second-half, recording 62.5 percent shooting (15-of-24) and 3-of-5 from the 3-pointers.

Dakota State was unable to complete a successful out-of-bounds play from the backcourt, falling short by one point to the Warriors.

Boomsma led the Trojans with 20 points (6-of-13 shooting from the field and 7-of-8 free-throws).  He also dished out a game-high five assists.  Kilgore added 17 points on his 7-of-8 field goal shooting.  Meger tallied 11 points.  Tanner Heiser and Hofer each had nine points. 

Meger grabbed five rebounds for Dakota State.  Kilgore and Heiser each added four rebounds.  Heiser produced four assists.  Heiser and Nathaniel Rauen each recorded two steals.

Alex Starkel exploded for 39 points and earned 11 rebounds for the Warriors.  He was 16-of-24 from the field and 7-of-11 from the free-throw line.  Trevor Bryant added a double-double of 16 points and earned 11 rebounds.  Nolan Cass scored 12 points off the bench by draining a perfect 4-of-4 from the 3-point arc.

Ky Kramer registered four assists for MU.  Jesse Jones had three assists.

Midland shot 58.5 percent overall from the field (31-of-53) compared to Dakota State 50 percent (29-of-58).  The Trojans were 7-of-18 from the 3-point line (38.9 percent) while the Warriors were 5-of-7 from the 3-point arc (71.4 percent).

Both teams went to the free-throw line 18 times, with DSU making 12 free-throws and MU 11 free-throws.

Midland had a huge rebounding advantage over DSU.  The Warriors collected 34 rebounds while the Trojans had 21 rebounds in the game.

Dakota State looks to back in the winning column Sunday afternoon as they play Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) in the final game of the Draemel Classic.  Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. at Midland Events Center.  Please note that there will be no live video webcast, make sure to follow Midland (Neb.) Athletics' Twitter at @Midland_Sports.

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

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