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February 17, 2016

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MADISON, S.D. – Down by 11 points with three minutes and thirty-seconds left in a crucial North Star Athletic Association men's basketball conference game Wednesday evening at DSU Fieldhouse, Dakota State (S.D.) stormed back by closing the game with a 16-2 run for an 89-86 thrilling victory over Jamestown (N.D.).  It was the ninth win in the last eleven NSAA conference games for the Trojans, extending their season-high winning streak to five games.

DSU swept the season series with the Jimmies, defeating in Jamestown 85-77 on Feb. 3 when the Trojans began their winning streak.  It was the first time since 2004-05 season that the Trojans swept the season series with UJ.

Dakota State raised their overall record to 15-13 and 9-4 NSAA conference record.  Jamestown, receiving votes in the latest NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 nationl poll, fell to 15-10 overall record and 7-5 NSAA conference. 

Both DSU and UJ are still in the race for a share of the NSAA conference regular-season title with 10 points, trailing by one point behind Valley City State (N.D.) who clinched the NSAA conference regular-season title with an 87-82 victory at Mayville State (N.D.) Wednesday.

The Jimmies opened up the game by hitting seven of the first ten shots, fueling to a 17-6 lead with 15 minutes on the clock in the first-half. 

Facing the biggest deficit of the game at 31-18, the Trojans went on a 23-13 scoring run as they trimmed Jimmies' lead to 44-41 with 1:35 left before halftime.  During the scoring run, DSU drained a total of five 3-pointers with two apiece coming from Adam Hofer and Tanner Heiser and one from Brendon Boomsma.

Brequan Tucker hit all three free-throw attempts to extend UJ's lead to 49-42 by halftime.

The Trojans shot 50 percent in the first twenty minutes of the game, hitting 17 baskets in 34 tries including 6-of-10 from the 3-point line.  The Jimmies shot 48.7 percent (19-of-35) in the first-half.  UJ was 7-of-9 from the 3-point line before missing last six 3-pointers of the first-half (7-of-15 3-pointers).

Jamestown maintained their lead between four and eight points in the first four minutes of the second-half.  When Christian Kvilvang hit a 3-pointer for 61-54 UJ lead, Heiser scored eight straight points – with two from the 3-point arc – as the Trojans grabbed their first lead of the game at 62-61 with 13:09 remaining.

With the game knotted at 66-66, the Jimmies went on an 18-7 scoring tear as they regain their double digit lead at 84-73 after Tucker nailed down all three free-throws with 3:37 left.

Dakota State went on a furious comeback in the final 3:25 of the game.  Heiser scored the next four points, Derek Meger added a basket and Kyle Kilgore made a field goal as the Trojans cut UJ's lead to 84-81 with 1:37 remaining.

KeWan Davis made a lay-up inside the paint to put the Jimmies up 86-81 with 1:09 left.

Kilgore completed a 3-point play with less than a minute to go as DSU trailed at 86-84. 

UJ's Tucker committed a turnover with 29.6 seconds to go in the game as the Trojans regained possession.  Kilgore made a basket – assisted by Heiser – along with a four committed by UJ's Davis with 18.3 seconds to go to tie the game at 86-86.  Kilgore completed 3-point play with a free-throw to put DSU up 87-86.

Tucker missed a 3-pointer with less than five seconds to go, but was rebounded by UJ's Riley Henderson.  Henderson missed an inside basket and was rebounded by Trojan Ian Barse with 3.1 seconds to go and was fouled by the Jimmies.

Barse made both free-throws as Dakota State extended their lead to 89-86.  The Jimmies brought the ball to the half-court and called timeout with 1.1 seconds remaining.

UJ's Sam Johnson received the ball from the out-of-bounds play by the half-court, but his 3-point shot was too late as the buzzer sounded first (his 3-point shot did not go at the buzzer).

The Trojans outscored the Jimmies 47-37 in the second-half.  DSU was 45.5 percent from the field (15-of-33) and 14-of-19 free-throws in the last twenty minutes of the game.  UJ was held to 39.3 percent (11-of-28) from the field and 10-of-11 free-throws.

A pair of DSU players posted double-doubles in the game.  Kilgore earned his third straight double-double and his tenth double-double of the season, pouring in a game-high 27 points and pulled down 11 rebounds.  He was 11-of-21 from the field and 5-of-9 free-throws.  Kilgore produced four assists and recorded three blocked shots.

Heiser tallied a career-high 23 points and dished out 10 assists for the Trojans.  He also had six rebounds and two steals.  He was 7-of-11 from the field, 4-of-7 from the 3-point line and made 5-of-6 free-throws.  It was the second straight game that he recorded double-digit assists. 

Meger scored 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for Dakota State.  Hofer added 12 points.  Barse had seven points and five rebounds.

Tucker led the Jimmies with 26 points on his 7-of-16 shooting from the field, 3-of-8 from the 3-point arc and made all nine free-throw attempts.  Jake Hagler added 15 points and recorded four assists.  Logan Brown scored 13 points.  Johnson went 4-of-5 from the 3-point line to earn 12 points off the bench.

Davis had nine points and registered 13 rebounds for UJ.  Vlad Stoicoviciu and Henderson each collected four rebounds.  Hagler dished out four assists and stole the ball three times. 

Dakota State shot 47.8 percent overall from the field (32-of-67) compared to Jamestown 44.8 percent (30-of-67).  The Jimmies drained 12 3-pointers in 27 attempts (44.4 percent) while the Trojans were 9-of-21 3-pointers (42.9 percent).

DSU went to the free-throw line 23 times, making 16 free-throws (69.6 percent).  UJ was near perfect from the free-throw line by making 14 free-throws in 15 attempts (93.3 percent).

The Trojans outrebounded the Jimmies 41-34.

DSU outscored UJ 42-26 inside the paint. 

Dakota State concludes their three-game home stand Saturday evening, hosting NSAA's foe Dickinson State (N.D.) as part of Senior Night.  The Trojans will recognize their seniors prior to the start of the men's basketball warm-ups. 

Jamestown stays on the road Saturday, visiting Mayville State (N.D.) in the final regular-season NSAA conference finale.

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

 
 
 
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