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Men's Basketball - Wed, Jan. 20, 2016

January 20, 2016

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Trailing as many as 17 points midway through the second-half in the North Star Athletic Association men's basketball action at Strode Center Wednesday evening, Dakota State (S.D.) used a monstrous closing run to complete a furious comeback in an 82-78 thriller over Presentation (S.D.).  The Trojans won their third straight NSAA conference game after their six-game losing skid.

Dakota State improved their overall record to 9-12 and 3-2 record in NSAA conference games.  Presentation dropped their overall record to 9-9 and 1-5 NSAA record.

The Saints opened up the game with five straight points for a 5-0 lead.  PC's lead grew to 8-2 before the Trojans answered back with an 11-4 scoring run for DSU's first lead of the game at 13-12 with fifteen minutes and seven seconds on the clock.

After a 3-pointer by Ian Barse to give Trojans a 32-31 lead, the Saints went on an 8-0 outburst for a 39-32 lead with 2:07 remaining before intermission.

Presentation held a 41-36 halftime lead.  Both teams were shooting 50 percent from the field in the first twenty minutes of the game.

Kyle Kilgore made a basket to open up the second-half as the Trojans cut Saints' lead to 41-38 before the Saints went on a scoring run.

PC used a 19-8 scoring run as their lead ballooned to 60-43 with 12 minutes left after a field goal by Donnell Minton.

Dakota State answered back by outscoring Presentation 18-5 in a span of three-plus minutes, reducing DSU's deficit down to four points at 65-61.  During the scoring run, the Trojans went 6-of-7 from the field including 3-of-3 3-pointers with a pair from Brendon Boomsma and a 3-pointer by Tanner Heiser

With PC leading 67-63, the Saints regained their double-digit lead at 73-63 after a basket by Tre Erby with 5:38 left.

DSU went on a furious comeback, scoring nine straight points by making four consecutive field goals.  The Trojans cut the Saints' lead down to one point at 73-72 with 3:50 remaining after a 3-pointer by Adam Hofer.

Trailing 75-72, Boomsma nailed down a pair of free-throws to cut PC's lead to 75-74 with less than three minutes remaining.  He added a basket with 1:39 left to give Trojans a 76-75 lead.

Dakota State extended their lead to 78-75 after Heiser stole the ball from PC's Frank Cimino with 1:12 remaining.

Kilgore hit a basket with less than 45 seconds remaining as the Trojans' lead expanded to 80-75.

Minton completed a 3-point play with less than 30 seconds left as DSU held on to an 80-78 lead.

DSU secured the game as Adam Hofer nailed down a pair of free-throws in the final 25 seconds of the game. 

The Trojans outscored the Saints 39-18 in the final 11:56 of the game and 46-37 in the second-half.  DSU shot a sizzling 53.3 percent from the field (16-of-30) in the final twenty minutes compared to PC 48.4 percent (15-of-31).  Dakota State was 10-of-13 free-throws in the second-half, while Presentation was 4-of-5 free-throws.

Kilgore and Boomsma each poured in a game-high 23 points for the Trojans.  Kilgore was 10-of-12 from the field and 3-of-4 free-throws.  Boomsma shot 7-of-11 from the field, including 4-of-9 from the 3-point line, and converted all five free-throws.

Hofer added 11 points for DSU.  Heiser scored 10 points off the bench.  Taylor Zirbel had six points. 

Kilgore and Hesier each grabbed seven rebounds for Dakota State.  Zirbel and Boomsma each had three rebounds.

Boomsma and Hofer each dished out three assists for the Trojans.  Heiser stole the ball four times.  Boomsma and Rauen each had two steals.

Minton led the Saints with 18 points on his 7-of-15 shooting from the field (3-of-7 from the 3-point arc).  Erby scored 16 points off the bench (7-of-10 field goals).  Cimino and Cary Brooks each had 10 points.

Calvin Carr pulled down nine rebounds for Presentation.  Brooks added eight rebounds.

Carr, Minton, Cimino, Bryan Jones and Brooks each produced two assists for PC.  Minton recorded three steals.

Statistics were even for both teams in the game.  Both teams made 32 baskets and 8 3-pointers, but DSU had four more free-throws than PC.  The Trojans were 10-of-13 free-throws while the Saints made 6-of-7 free-throws.

Dakota State shot 51.6 percent overall from the field compared to Presentation 49.2 percent.

PC outrebounded DSU 37-25 in the game. 

Both teams will meet again on Feb. 6 for the second NSAA conference meeting of the season at DSU Fieldhouse in Madison, S.D.

Dakota State stays on the road Saturday evening as they visit Dickinson State (N.D.) in the North Star contest.  Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. (Central Time)/6 p.m. (Mountain Time) at Scott Gymnasium in Dickinson, N.D.

Presentation remains at home as they host 12th-ranked Valley City State (N.D.) in the North Star Athletic Association conference game.  The game is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Strode Center in Aberdeen.

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

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