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Men's Basketball - Fri, Dec. 4, 2015

December 4, 2015


Photos credits by Kaden Huntrods and Donald Weidler

MADISON, S.D. – Nationally-ranked Bellevue (Neb.) and Dakota State (S.D.) played their first-ever North Star Athletic Association conference meeting Friday evening at DSU Fieldhouse, featuring a tale of two halves.  The Bruins stormed to a 52-21 halftime lead, thanks to eight different BU players draining at least a 3-pointer and shot a blazing 64.5 percent from the field in the first-half.

Dakota State fell to 5-5 overall record and 0-1 NSAA conference.  Bellevue, ranked No. 16 in the first edition of the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 national poll, lifted their overall record to 8-4 and 1-0 NSAA.

The Trojans took their first lead – and their only lead of the game – at 2-0 after Adam Hofer hit a jumper with nineteen minutes and fifty-one seconds on the clock.

BU held DSU scoreless for a span of over six-and-half minutes, scoring 17 straight points for a 17-2 lead with 13:23 remaining in the first-period.  During the 17-0 scoring outburst, the Bruins went 6-of-10 from the field – including 4-of-5 from the 3-point line – while the Trojans missed its nine shots.

Dakota State ended the scoring drought with a lay-up by Justin Folkers with 13:05 left in the first-half (17-4 BU lead).

Bellevue made 20 baskets in 31 attempts in the first twenty minutes of the game for a 31-point halftime lead.  The Bruins were also 10-of-16 from the 3-point arc (62.5 percent).  The Trojans shot 24.2 percent from the field in the first-half (8-of-33) and 1-of-10 from the 3-point line (10 percent).

The second-half was a different story where DSU used a fast start to cut BU's lead less than 20 points.  After the Bruins gained their biggest lead of the game after Carl Robinson's jump (54-21 BU lead with 19:48 remaining), DSU stormed by scoring 16 straight points in a span of over six minutes to trim Bellevue's lead to 54-37 with 13:46 left.

During the Trojans' offensive 16-0 outburst, Dakota State was 6-of-10 from the field – including four straight 3-pointers made by Ian Barse.  Bellevue missed eight shots during Trojans' scoring run.

DSU could get no closer than 15 points at 59-44 less than 10 minutes remaining after a 3-pointer made by Hofer.

The Trojans scored 31 points in the second-half, while holding the Bruins to 19 points.  DSU shot 46.2 percent from the field in the second period (12-of-26) and 6-of-12 from the 3-point arc.  BU was held to 25.8 percent shooting in the final twenty minutes (8-of-31) and 2-of-12 from the 3-point line.

Three Dakota State scored in double-digits, led by Hofer with 16 points.  He was 7-of-11 from the field.  Barse added 15 points off the bench by going 5-of-6 from the 3-point line.  He had two blocked shots.  Folkers also scored 10 points off the bench.

Tanner Heiser tallied eight points and dished out five assists for the Trojans.  Brendon Boomsma added three assists. 

Kyle Kilgore pullded down 10 rebounds for DSU.  Heiser added five rebounds.

Bellevue was led by Nicolus Guzman with 13 points (5-of-7 field goals, including 3-of-5 from the 3-point).  Chris Burton added 10 points off the bench.  TeShon Burton had eight points.

Carl Robinson scored seven points and produced six assists for the Bruins.  Mike Cardenas added four assists.

Marquis Aaron grabbed 10 rebounds for BU.  Robinson had seven rebounds.

Bellevue shot 45.2 percent overall from the field (28-of-62) compared to Dakota State 33.9 percent (20-of-59).  The Bruins went 12-of-28 from the 3-point line (42.9 percent), while the Trojans were 7-of-22 from the 3-point arc.

Both teams struggled from the free-throw line as DSU went 5-of-12 (41.7 percent) and BU 3-of-10 (30 percent).

The Bruins outrebounded the Trojans 48-34 in the game.  BU outscored DSU 14-2 in second-chance points and 42-28 in bench points.

Dakota State swings back in action Wednesday in a non-conference game versus Northwestern (Iowa).  The game will be played at the Sioux Falls Sanford Pentagon with a tip-off starting at 7:30 p.m. on the Heritage Court. 

Bellevue continues their NSAA conference action on the road next weekend, visiting a pair of North Dakota teams.  The Bruins will make their first stop in Mayville State (N.D.) next Friday (Dec. 11) and visit Valley City State (N.D.) next Saturday (Dec. 12).

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

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