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Men's Basketball - Tue, Feb. 23, 2016

February 23, 2016

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THIS WEEK

· Third-seeded Dakota State University men's basketball team (16-13 overall record, 10-4 NSAA) hosts sixth-seeded Waldorf (Iowa) in the quarterfinals round of the North Star Athletic Association Men's Basketball Postseason Tournament on Thursday evening.

· Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. DSU Fieldhouse.  This will be the Trojans' fourth straight game at home, their fifth game in the last six games being played at DSU Fieldhouse.

FOLLOW THE TROJANS

· 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 Waldorf (Iowa) via live online video and audio broadcast on https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC37qDcInG0tgZaN8nUHn_Sw/live.  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 www.twitter.com/GoDaSUAthletics.

TROJANS SHARE NSAA REGULAR-SEASON TITLE

· Dakota State (S.D.) won back-to-back regular-season conference title after routing Dickinson State (N.D.) 83-51 on Feb. 20. 

· With the help from Presentation (S.D.) playing a spoiler at Valley City State (N.D.) after an 84-82 overtime victory on Feb. 20, the Trojans clinched a share of NSAA regular-season conference title with Bellevue (Neb.) and VCSU (11 points).

· It was the first time in DSU men's basketball team program history that they won a back-to-back conference regular-season title.

· It was the fourth conference regular-season title in DSU men's basketball team history (SDIC titles in 1967 and 1991 and NSAA in 2015).

DSU REMAINS UNDEFEATED IN FEBRUARY

· The Trojans closed their regular-season schedule with a 3-0 record home stand after a pair of NSAA conference victories last week, extending their 6-0 record during the month of February and 10th win in the last 12 NSAA conference games.

· Down by 11 points with 3:30 remaining in the game versus Jamestown (N.D.) on Feb. 17, DSU stormed back closing the game with a 16-2 run for an 89-86 thrilling victory.

· Dakota State swept the season series for the first time since 2004-05 season.

· A pair of Trojans posted double-double in the game, led by Kyle Kilgore with a game-high 27 points and 11 rebounds.  Tanner Heiser added a career-high 23 points and dished out 10 assists.

· Derek Meger scored 13 points and earned 8 rebounds for the Trojans.  Adam Hofer had 12 points.  Ian Barse tallied 7 points and 5 rebounds.

· DSU shot 47.8 percent overall from the field (32-of-67) compared to UJ 44.8 percent (30-of-67).  The Jimmies drained 12 3-pointers in 27 attempts while the Trojans went 9-of-21 3-pointers.

· Holding a 42-32 halftime lead on Feb. 20, Dakota State held Dickinson State (N.D.) to 19 points in the second-half for an 83-51 regular-season finale victory at DSU Fieldhouse.

· Kilgore produced another double-double in the game, scoring 19 points and earning 13 boards.

· Hofer added 13 points, while Heiser had 11 points.  Both Hofer and Heiser drained three 3-pointers in the game.

· Heiser registered a game-high seven assists for the Trojans.  Hofer and Taylor Zirbel each added three assists.  Derek Meger had nine points.  Barse, Zirbel and Jay Huls each scored six points.

· DSU shot 40 percent overall from the field (26-of-65), while holding the Blue Hawks to 28.4 percent (19-of-67) including 18.2 percent shooting in the second-half.

NSAA MEN'S BASKETBALL POSTSEASON

· Valley City State (N.D.) is the top seed in the NSAA Men's Basketball Postseason Tournament, which begins on Thursday.

· Bellevue (Neb.) is seeded No. 2, followed by Dakota State (S.D.) No. 3 seed.  Jamestown (N.D.) is the fourth-seeded team.

· The top four teams host the quarterfinals round of the conference tournament.

· No. 5 seed belongs to Dickinson State (N.D.) followed by No. 6 seed Waldorf (Iowa), No. 7 seed Mayville State (N.D.) and No. 8 seed Viterbo (Wis.).  Presentation (S.D.) missed out the conference tournament.

· The semifinals are scheduled for Saturday (Feb. 27) at the highest two remaining seeds. The championship game is set for Monday.

· The NSAA Postseason Tournament Champion earns an automatic bid to the NAIA Division II National Tournament on March 9-15 in Point Lookout, Mo.

TROJANS' SUCCESS IN THE POSTSEASON

· Dakota State (S.D.) has been in the conference postseason tournament's championship game in the last four years—all against Jamestown (N.D.), including the last two years in the NSAA conference.

· The Trojans had qualified for the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Tournament three times in the last four years, including the first automatic bid by the NSAA conference last season.

· Dakota State will be opening their NSAA conference postseason play for the third straight year at home.

TEAM LEADERS

· Points:  Kyle Kilgore—465 points (16.0 points per game)

· Field Goal Percentage:  Derek Meger—58.8 percent (130-of-221 field goals)

· 3-point Field Goal Percentage:  Brendon Boomsma—39.2 percent (51-of-130)

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

· Rebounds:  Kyle Kilgore—241 rebounds—23rd in the nation (8.3 rebounds per game)

· Assists:  Tanner Heiser—118 assists—36th in the nation (4.4 assists per game—38th in the nation)

· Steals:  Tanner Heiser—39 steals (1.4 steals per game)

· Blocked shots:  Kyle Kilgore—18 blocked shots

3-TIME NSAA PLAYER-OF-THE-WEEK

· Kyle Kilgore was honored by the NSAA conference for the third straight week as its Men's Basketball Player-of-the-Week honor.

· He averaged 23.0 points, 12.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.0 blocks per game for the Trojans last week.  He was 15-of-33 from the field and made 16-of-21 free-throws.

· Kilgore posted game-highs 27 points and 11 rebounds, including a 3-point play that put the Trojans up 87-86 with 18.3 seconds remaining in the game.

FOLLOW THE TROJANS

· Twitter:  @GoDaSUAthletics

· Facebook:  DSUTrojanAthletics

· Instagram:  dsu_athletics

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

 
 
 
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