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Men's Basketball - Fri, Jan. 15, 2016

January 15, 2016

Photo credits by Kaden Huntrods

MADISON, S.D. – Dakota State (S.D.) drained 13 3-pointers Friday evening, propelling to a 75-62 North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) conference men's basketball victory over Viterbo (Wis.).  The Trojans won their second straight NSAA conference contests.

Dakota State raised their overall record to 8-11 and 2-2 NSAA conference record.  Viterbo, newcomer to the NSAA conference this year, lost their fifth straight game and fell to 5-12 overall record and 2-4 NSAA.

The V-Hawks opened up with a 4-0 lead by a pair of baskets by Erik Engelstad and Ethan Haberman.  VU was able to hold on to their lead for the first six minutes and forty seconds before the Trojans overtook the lead and never looked back.

DSU gained their first lead at 12-11 after a field goal by Adam Hofer with 13:20 left in the first-half.

Leading 15-14, the Trojans went on a 10-2 scoring outburst – including a pair of 3-pointers by Brendon Boomsma and JoBriel Powell – to extend DSU's lead to 25-16 with 9:29 remaining in the first-period.

Viterbo answered back with a 6-0 run in a span of 1:22 to trim Trojans' lead to 25-22.

Tanner Heiser hit a 3-pointer with less than 15 seconds left in the first-half, giving Dakota State a 40-33 halftime advantage.

DSU was 14-of-27 from the field in the first twenty minutes of the game (51.9 percent), including 7-of-13 from the 3-point line (53.8 percent).  VU was 14-of-29 from the field (48.3 percent) and 2-of-8 from the 3-point line in the first-half.

After VU Jake Bamke's 4-point play was successful to cut DSU's lead to 42-39, the Trojans went on to score 11 consecutive points to gain the largest lead of the game at 53-39 with 15:17 remaining.  During the scoring outburst, Dakota State went 4-of-7 from the field, including two 3-poitners (one from Boomsma and Adam Hofer).

The V-Hawks could get no closer than five points at 67-62 with 1:31 left after a pair of free-throws by Bamke.

The Trojans closed the game with an 8-0 run, thanks to a 3-pointer by Boomsma and free-throws by Hofer and Boomsma in the final 1:26 of the game.

DSU outscored VU 35-29 in the second-half.  Both team struggled from the field with the Trojans shooting 11-of-31 (35.5 percent) compared to the V-Hawks 30.4 percent (7-of-23).  Dakota State went 6-of-14 from the 3-point lined in the last twenty minutes of the game, while Viterbo was 4-of-12 3-pointers (30 percent).

Boomsma poured in a game-high 19 points for the Trojans.  He was 6-of-9 from the field, including 5-of-7 from the 3-point line, and nailed a pair of free-throws.  Hofer and Heisier each added 14 points.  Both Hofer and Heiser made three 3-pointers in the game.  Justin Folkers scored nine points off the bench.  Meger had eight points on his 4-of-5 field goal shooting.

Heiser led DSU with five rebounds.  Kyle Kilgore, Boomsma, Taylor Zirbel and Folkers each pulled down four rebounds.  Zirbel recorded two blocked shots.

Heiser produced five assists for Dakota State.  Boomsma and Hofer each dished out four assists.  Hofer stole the ball three times.  Boomsma, Heiser and Zirbel each had two steals.

Viterbo was led by Engelstad with 16 points (6-of-11 field goals).  Bamke added 15 points and made all seven free-throw attempts.  Haberman had nine points.

Engelstad earned six rebounds for VU.  Jared Fleischmann and Cade Anderson each had five rebounds.

Fleischmann dished out a game-high nine assists for the V-Hawks.  Pete Drummond had two steals.

Dakota State shot 43.1 percent overall from the field (25-of-58) compared to Viterbo 40.4 percent (21-of-52).  DSU was 13-of-27 from the 3-point line (48.1 percent), while VU made six 3-pointers in 20 tries (30 percent).

Both teams went to the free-throw 18 times, with the V-Hawks making 14 free-throws compared to the Trojans 12 free-throws.

DSU had a slim rebounding advantage, outrebounding VU 35-34. 

The Trojans outscored V-Hawks 31-10 in bench points and 18-10 in points off turnovers (DSU outscored VU 9-0 in points off turnovers in the first-half).

Dakota State kicks off their three-game road stretch, continuing their NSAA conference play on Wednesday at Presentation (S.D.).  Game is set for 7:30 p.m. at Strode Center in Aberdeen, S.D.

Viterbo will head to Aberdeen Saturday evening for another NSAA conference matchup versus the Saints.  Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

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