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Men's Basketball - Tue, Feb. 16, 2016

February 16, 2016



· The Dakota State University men's basketball team (14-13 overall record, 8-4 North Star Athletic Association conference record) closes out their regular-season this week as they play two home games at DSU Fieldhouse.

· The Trojans host Jamestown (N.D.) (15-9, 7-4 NSAA) Wednesday evening.  Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m. as part of 'White-Out' Night to raise cancer awareness (Stadium Appreciation Night).

· On Saturday, Dakota State concludes their 3-game home stand as they welcome Dickinson State (N.D.) (12-14, 5-6 NSAA).  Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.  The DSU men's basketball team will recognize their three seniors after the completion of the Lady T's basketball game and prior to men's warm-ups.


· Dakota State (S.D.) will provide free video and audio broadcast in Trojan men's basketball home games at DSU Fieldhouse.

· Follow the Trojan men's basketball game versus  Jamestown (N.D.) and Dickinson State (N.D.) via live online video and audio broadcast on  Jon Hunter, the Voice of the Trojans, will be doing the audio webcast of the game.

· DSU will provide live stats and play-by-play in every home games at DSU Fieldhouse.

· Follow DSU Athletics' Twitter for live scores, updates and recaps.  Go to


· DSU will honor three seniors—Jay Huls, Derek Meger and Taylor Zirbel—on Saturday after the completion of the women's basketball game and prior to men's warm-ups.

· They were integral members of the DSU men's basketball team that captured their first-ever NSAA regular-season conference & postseason conference tournament titles.  DSU qualified for the NAIA D-II National Tournament for the 3rd time in 4 years.


· Dakota State (S.D.) raced to a 13-0 lead over Mayville State (N.D) and never trailed in the game, paving to an 83-68 NSAA conference victory.  It was the fifth conference win on the road this season for the Trojans.

· DSU avenged its earlier loss to the Comets 68-58 on Jan. 30 at DSU Fieldhouse.

· Five Trojan players scored in double figures, led by Kyle Kilgore who had a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds.  Derek Meger added 16 points.  Adam Hofer and Brendon Boomsma (drained 4 3-pointers in the first-half) each tallied 14 points.  Tanner Heiser scored 10 points.

· Dakota State shot a sizzling 54.4 percent from the field, converting 31 baskets in 57 attempts.  Mayville State shot 45.9 percent (28-of-61).

· The Trojans outrebounded the Comets 37-24 in the game. 

· DSU built up a 19-point lead in the early second-half over nationally-ranked No. 20 Valley City State (N.D.) on Feb. 13.  The Trojans held off Vikings' late second-half surge for a 76-72 win.

· It was the first win for Dakota State against a nationally-ranked NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 poll, dropping the previous eight games versus NAIA's Top 25 this season.

· Kilgore produced his second straight double-double, his ninth overall this season, after scoring a game-high 23 points and grabbing 11 rebounds for the Trojans. 

· Hofer added 19 points for DSU.  Meger had 10 points.

· Trojan Heiser dished out a career-high 14 assists, with 10 assists coming in the first-half.  He dished out all six assists on the first DSU's six field goals made of the game. 

· Taylor Zirbel earned five rebounds for DSU.  Meger and Justin Folkers each had a block.

· DSU shot 50.9 percent from the field (29-of-57) compared to VCSU 46 percent (29-of-63).  The Trojans are 16-of-22 free-throws (72.7 percent) while the Vikings were 9-of-16 free-throws.


· Kyle Kilgore of Dakota State (S.D.) was honored by the NSAA conference for the second consecutive week.

· He produced back-to-back double-doubles as DSU went 2-0 record for the week.  He scored 17 points and earned 11 rebounds in 83-68 road victory at Mayville State (N.D.).  He followed up with 23 points and 11 rebounds in 76-72 upset victory over No. 20 Valley City State (N.D.).

· For the week, Kilgore averaged 20.0 points, 11.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.  He was 15-of-25 from the field (60 percent) and 10-of-15 free-throws (66.7 percent).


· Dakota State (S.D.) is one of the four teams that are still in the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) regular-season title race, which is coming down to the final week of regular-season play.

· Valley City State (N.D.) and Jamestown (N.D.) are currently tied for first-place in the conference standings with 10 points.

· Bellevue (Neb.) and Dakota State (S.D.) are tied for third with nine points.

· The Vikings, Jimmies and Trojans all have two NSAA conference games remaining this week.  The Bruins will visit at Viterbo (Wis.) on Friday evening.

· Dakota State leads the NSAA with most conference victories this season with eight.

· The NSAA conference postseason tournament pairings will be announced after the conclusion of this weekend's games.


· Points:  Kyle Kilgore—419 points (15.5 points per game)

· Field Goal Percentage:  Derek Meger—59.9 percent (121-of-202 field goals)

· 3-point Field Goal Percentage:  Brendon Boomsma—39.2 percent (49-of-125)

· Free-throw percentage:  Brendon Boomsma—91.5 percent (65-of-71 free-throws)

· Rebounds:  Kyle Kilgore—217 rebounds—35th in the nation (8.0 rebounds per game)

· Assists:  Tanner Heiser—101 assists (4.0 assists per game—46th in the nation)

· Steals:  Tanner Heiser—36 steals (1.4 steals per game)

· Blocked shots:  Taylor Zirbel, Kilgore, Meger—14 blocked shots


· Dakota State (S.D.) shot a sizzling 53.7 percent from the field in defeating Jamestown (N.D.) 85-77 on Feb. 3 in Jamestown, N.D.  It was the second straight victory for DSU in the series meeting with the Jimmies.

· The Trojans shot season-highs 60.3 percent from the field and 57.1 percent from the 3-point line for a 105-84 road victory at Dickinson State (N.D.) on Jan. 23.  DaSU's 105 points is the most points scored in a NSAA conference game in the Trojan's men's basketball team history.


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Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

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