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Men's Basketball - Tue, Jan. 12, 2016

January 12, 2016

FOREST CITY, Iowa – Down by one point at halftime Tuesday evening at Hanson Fieldhouse, the Dakota State (S.D.) University men's basketball team outscored Waldorf (Iowa) 39-31 in the final twenty minutes of the game to gain a 70-63 North Star Athletic Association conference road victory.  The victory also snapped DSU's six-game losing skid and earned their first road victory of the season.  The Trojans earned a season series split with the Warriors, which both teams met within six days (first meeting on Jan. 6 at DSU Fieldhouse where WC nailed a 72-68 victory).

Dakota State (S.D.) improved their overall record to 7-11 and notched their first NSAA conference victory of the season (1-2 NSAA).  Waldorf dropped to 11-6 overall record and 4-4 record in NSAA conference play.

The Warriors opened up with a nine-point lead at 20-11 with nine minutes and twenty-four seconds on the clock in the first-half. 

DSU answered back with a 9-0 outburst to knot the game after a pair of 3-pointers by Adam Hofer and Derek Meger.  Kyle Kilgore added a free throw and Tanner Heiser made a lay-up as Dakota State tied the game at 20-20 with 7:06 remaining in the first-half.

The Warriors held a slim 32-31 halftime advantage over the Trojans.  There were a total of four ties in the first-half. 

Dakota State shot 13-of-32 in the first-half (40.6 percent) and 2-of-11 from the 3-point range.  Waldorf was held to 33.3 percent from the field, but made 7 3-pointers in 15 attempts in the first period.

After WC expanded their lead to 37-31, the Trojans mounted a huge scoring run to overtake the lead.  DSU went on a 16-4 surge to grab a 48-41 lead with 11:34 remaining after a lay-up by JoBreil Powell.

The Warriors trimmed Trojans' lead down to 59-57 with 4:18 left in the game.

Leading 66-63, Dakota State secured the victory after making all four free-throws in the final 19 seconds of the game – a pair of free-throws by Hofer and Kilgore.  It was the first win of the 2016 calendar year for DSU and their first victory in a month (defeated Northwestern, Iowa 81-79 at the Sioux Falls' Sanford Pentagon on Dec. 9).

Waldorf missed a pair of 3-point shots in the final 13 seconds of the game.

Kilgore posted a double-double of 18 points (6-of-13 field goals and 6-of-8 free-throws) and collected 11 rebounds for the Trojans.  Hofer added 13 points.  Meger scored 12 points.

Heiser tallied seven points, earned seven rebounds and dished out four assists for DSU.  He also had two steals.  Justin Folkers scored eight points off the bench, while Powell added seven points.

Meger had six rebounds for Dakota State.  Taylor Zirbel earned five boards.  Meger and Hofer each had two assists.  Kilgore, Meger, Hofer, Nathaniel Rauen and Zirbel each recorded a steal.

Tyler Parrish led the Warriors with 21 points (7-of-11 from the field, including 5-of-11 from the 3-point line) and four assists.  Erik Brewer had 18 points.  Kaimen Slay scored eight points off the bench.

Michael Morgan and Eric English each grabbed seven rounds for WC.  Parrish and Kaden Verdein each had six rebounds.

Morgan, Parrish and Isaiah Curry each recorded two steals.

DSU shot 38.2 percent overall from the field, converting 26 baskets in 68 attempts.  WC was 33.8 percent from the field (23-of-68).  The Warriors went 8-of-22 from the 3-point line (36.4 percent) compared to the Trojans' 4-of-20 3-pointers.

Dakota State was 14-of-17 from the free-throw line (82.4 percent), including 11-of-12 free-throws in the second-half.  Waldorf was 9-of-16 free-throws (56.3 percent).

The Trojans outrebounded the Warriors 47-42.  DSU outscored WC 17-5 in second-chance points, 34-22 inside the paint and 26-14 in bench points.

Dakota State returns home Friday evening as they continue their NSAA conference play, hosting Viterbo (Wis.).  Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m. at DSU Fieldhouse as part of 'Superhero Night.'

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Informatio Director

 
 
 
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