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Dickinson State University
Men's Basketball - Sat, Feb. 20, 2016

February 20, 2016

Photos credits by Kaden Huntrods

MADISON, S.D. – Holding a 42-32 halftime lead Saturday evening in the North Star Athletic Association Men's Basketball conference regular-season finale at DSU Fieldhosue, Dakota State (S.D.) held Dickinson State (N.D.) to 19 second-half points (18.2 percent shooting) for an 83-51 victory.  The Trojans extended their season-high winning streak to six games and had won 10 times in the last 12 NSAA conference games to close out the regular-season schedule.

DaSU's win coupled with Valley City State's (N.D.) 84-82 home overtime loss to Presentation (S.D.) Saturday and Bellevue's (Neb.) 70-57 road victory at Viterbo (Wis.) Friday evening ended up in a three-way tie for the NSAA Men's Basketball regular-season conference title.  It was the second straight year that the Trojans clinched a regular-season title from the North Star Athletic Association (also a first to win a back-to-back regular-season conference title in Trojan men's basketball team history).

The win also gave Trojans' head coach Gary Garner his 117th victory as DaSU head coach, tying former coach Brian McDermott for second-most coaching wins in Dakota State men's basketball program history.  Dakota State also secured back-to-back winning seasons and their fifth winning season in the last seven years.

Dakota State is currently at 16-13 overall record and 10-4 NSAA conference record.  The Trojans' ten conference victories are the most since 2004-05 season when DaSU went 12-6 in the former Dakota Athletic Conference.  Dickinson State fell to 13-15 overall record and 6-7 NSAA.

The Trojans started the game by scoring five straight points for a 5-0 lead with 18 minutes and 16 seconds on the clock, thanks to an opening 3-pointer by Tanner Heiser and a basket by Derek Meger.

DiSU answered back by scoring seven straight points for their first lead of the game at 7-5 with 15:31 on the clock.  The Blue Hawks could only hold on to their lead for 24 seconds before the Trojans regained the lead and never look back.

After Taylor Zirbel hit a basket to tie the game at 7-7, Adam Hofer drained a 3-pointer as Dakota State regained their lead at 10-7 with 14:45 left in the first-half.

Leading 24-21, the Trojans scored eight straight points to grab the first double-digit lead of the game at 32-21 after a 3-pointer by Brendon Boomsma with 3:54 on the clock in the first period.

Hofer made a fast-break basket – assisted by Heiser – as Dakota State grabbed a 42-32 halftime lead.  The Trojans were 15-of-32 from the field (46.9 percent) while the Blue Hawks were 13-of-34 field goals (38.2 percent) in the first-half.

Dickinson State can get no closer than 10 points at 45-35 with 18:19 remaining before Dakota State maintained control for the rest of the game.

The Trojans posted their biggest lead of the game at 83-51 after a 3-pointer by Jay Huls with less than 20 seconds to go in the game.

Both teams struggled from the field in the final twenty minutes of the game as the Trojans outscored the Blue Hawks 41-19.  DaSU was 11-of-33 from the field (33.3 percent) while DiSU only made six baskets in 33 attempts.

Kyle Kilgore posted his fourth straight double-double – his eleventh double-double this season – for Dakota State.  He led all scorers with 19 points (11-of-12 free-throws) and grabbed 13 rebounds.  Hofer added 13 points.  Heiser tallied 11 points.  Both Hofer and Heiser drained three 3-pointers in the game.

Meger had nine points for the Trojans.  Ian Barse, Zirbel and Huls each added six points.

Heiser dished out a game-high seven assists for DaSU.  Kilgore, Hofer and Zirbel each had three assists.  Barse and Zirbel each had two steals.  Meger recorded two blocked shots.

Reggie Fields, Jr. led the Blue Hawks with 10 points.  Jacob Gondrezick had nine points.  Billy Engel scored eight points and dished out four assists.  Fields, Jr. and Curtis Redd each recorded two steals.

Fields, Jr. and Shojgree, Jr. each grabbed eight rebounds for Dickinson State.

Dakota State shot 40 percent overall from the field (26-of-65) compared to Dickinson State 28.4 percent (19-of-67).  The Trojans went 9-of-23 from the 3-point line (39.1 percent) while the Blue Hawks were 4-of-19 3-pointers (21.1 percent). 

DaSU made 22 free-throws in 31 attempts (71 percent).  DiSU struggled from the free-throw line, making only nine free-throws in 20 attempts (45 percent).

The Trojans outrebounded the Blue Hawks 51-47.  DaSU outscored DiSU 17-7 in points off turnovers.

Three seniors were honored prior to the men's game – Huls, Meger and Zirbel – as they played their regular-season finale at DSU Fieldhouse.  They will be playing at least one more game in the conference postseason tournament.

Both Dakota State and Dickinson State await to hear for their pairings to the NSAA Men's Basketball Conference Postseason Tournament, which kicks off on Thursday evening.  The pairings will be announced on the NSAA conference website on Sunday evening.

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director


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