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Men's Basketball - Wed, Feb. 10, 2016

February 10, 2016

MAYVILLE, N.D. – Dakota State (S.D.) stormed to a 13-0 lead over Mayville State (N.D.) in the North Star Athletic Association Men's Basketball conference action at Lewy Lee Fieldhouse.  The Trojans led the entire game and never looked back for an 83-68 road victory.  It was the seventh win in the last nine NSAA conference games for DSU and avenged the earlier loss to the Comets on Jan. 30 at DSU Fieldhouse.

Dakota State won their third straight game and moved back to .500 with an overall record of 13-13.  The Trojans are 7-4 record in the conference, moving into a second-place tie with Jamestown (N.D.) (defeated Presentation, S.D. 81-74 Wednesday) in the conference standings for the NSAA regular-season title with eight points (two points behind current NSAA's leader Valley City State with 10 points after defeating Dickinson State 91-79 Wednesday).  Mayville State fell to 13-10 overall record and 4-7 NSAA record.

The Trojans went 6-of-10 from the field in the first five minutes and fifteen seconds of the game to explode for a thirteen-point lead.  During that stretch, the Comets committed five turnovers – including the first three possessions by a turnover – and missed five shots.

MSU ended the scoring drought with a basket by Kiree Robinson with 14:33 on the clock in the first-half (13-2 DSU lead).

The Comets used a 12-7 scoring run to reduce DSU's lead to 20-14 with 12:17 left in the first period.

Dakota State answered with a 23-7 outburst as their lead grew to 43-21 with less than two minutes to go before intermission.  The Trojans drained a total of five 3-pointers during the scoring explosion – with four coming from Brendon Boomsma and another 3-pointer by Tanner Heiser.

DSU held a 43-25 halftime advantage. 

The Trojans shot a blazing 58.6 percent from the field (17-of-29) in the first twenty minutes of the game, including 6-of-11 from the 3-point line.  The Comets were 41.7 percent from the field in the first-half (10-of-24) and 2-of-6 from the 3-point arc.

Derek Meger made a basket with 18:27 remaining for the largest lead of the game at 48-25.  The Trojans also had the largest lead of the game at 50-27 after Ian Barse converted a field goal (assisted by Adam Hofer).

Dakota State maintained their double-digit lead for the rest of the game as they secured the victory.  Mayville State could get no closer than 11 points on two different occasions – 77-66 with 1:56 remaining and 79-68 with 54 seconds left.

MSU outscored DSU 43-40 in the second-half.  The Trojans shot 50 percent from the field (14-of-28) and converted 10-of-14 free-throws.  The Comets were 48.6 percent (18-of-37) and 5-of-16 from the 3-point line.

Five Dakota State players scored in double figures, led by Kyle Kilgore with his eighth double-double of the season.  He scored 17 points (6-of-10 field goals) and earned 11 rebounds.  Meger added 16 points on his 8-of-13 shooting from the field.

Hofer and Boomsma each tallied 14 points for the Trojans.  Hofer was 5-of-9 from the field, 2-of-5 from 3-point line and made both free-throw attempts.  Boomsma drained four 3-poitners – all in the first-half and made both free-throws.

Heiser scored 10 points and dished out a game-high seven assists for DSU.  Barse had eight points.  Barse and Hofer each produced three assists.

Barse and Heiser each stole the ball three times for Dakota State.  Meger recorded six rebounds.

Terrance Lockett led Mayville State with 17 points (7-of-9 field goals).  Jamal Branco added 14 points (6-of-12 field goals).  Chuck Robinson scored 10 points (5-of-7 field goals).  Darnell Landon had nine points.

Chuck Robinson grabbed eight rebounds and registered three blocked shots for the Comets.  Branco had four assists.  Lockett recorded three steals.

Dakota State shot 54.4 percent overall from the field by making 31 baskets in 57 attempts.  Mayville State was 28-of-61 from the field (45.9 percent).

The Trojans drained 8-of-18 3-pointers (44.4 percent) while the Comets were 7-of-22 from the 3-point line (31.8 percent).

DSU went to the free-throw line 18 times, converting 13 free-throws (72.2 percent).  MSU struggled from the free-throw line, making 5-of-10 free-throws (50 percent).

The Trojans outrebounded the Comets 37-24 in the game.  DSU outscored MSU 12-6 in second-chance points and 18-13 in points off turnovers.

Dakota State returns home Saturday to begin their three-game home stand to conclude their regular-season.  The Trojans take on the NSAA's conference leader and nationally-ranked No. 20 Valley City State (N.D.) in the NSAA conference match-up.  Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. at DSU Fieldhouse.  'Beach Party' will be the theme for the basketball game.

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

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