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Men's Basketball - Thu, Feb. 25, 2016

February 25, 2016

PHOTO GALLERYPhotos credits by Tyler Flaagan

MADISON, S.D. – All five Dakota State (S.D.) men's basketball starters scored in double figures Thursday evening at DSU Fieldhouse, fueling the Trojans to a 101-84 North Star Athletic Association Postseason quarterfinal victory over No. 6 seed Waldorf (Iowa).  The Trojans – third-seeded team in the conference postseason tournament – shot a season-high 61.8 percent from the field and scored 64 points inside the paint.

Dakota State – who shared the NSAA regular-season conference title with Valley City State (N.D.) and Bellevue (Neb.) – extended their winning streak to seven games and had won 11 of the last 13 games to improve their overall record to 17-13.  DSU's seven-game winning streak tied for the longest winning streak in the Trojan men's basketball record book.

The victory also gave head coach Gary Garner their second-most victories in DSU men's basketball program history with 118 wins, surpassing former Trojan head coach Brian McDermott (who currently coach at Southern Oregon).

DSU opened up with a 21-13 lead before WC called its first timeout of the game with twelve minutes and forty seconds on the clock.

The Trojans outscored the Warriors 16-9 in the next six minutes of the game, expanding DSU's lead to 37-22 with 6:40 to go as Waldorf was forced to call another timeout.

WC closed the first-half with a 21-10 run, including a basket at the buzzer by June Prowell to cut Trojans' lead to 47-43. 

Dakota State made 18 field goals in 32 attempts in the first twenty minutes of the game (56.3 percent) while Waldorf went 18-of-38 from the field (47.4 percent).

DSU kicked off the second-half with a 10-2 run as they raced to a 57-45 lead with 17:23 remaining in the game.  The Trojans went 4-of-6 from the field while the Warriors went 1-of-5 from the field during DSU's scoring run.

Waldorf could get no closer than nine points on two different occasions – 63-54 with 14:47 left and 65-56 with 14:21 remaining.

The Trojans maintained their double-digit lead for the rest of the game.  DSU earned their biggest lead of the game at 93-73 with 4:41 left when Taylor Zirbel nailed down a lay-up (assisted by Brendon Boomsma).

Nick Boone made a lay-up with less than a minute to go, giving the Trojans their highest points ever scored in a NSAA postseason game.

Dakota State outscored Waldorf 54-41 in the second-half, thanks to a blazing 66.7 percent shooting (24-of-36).  WC was 15-of-31 from the field (48.4 percent) in the final twenty minutes.

Kyle Kilgore scored 22 points for the Trojans on his 10-of-12 shooting from the field.  Derek Meger was 8-of-10 from the field and made both free-throw attempts to earn 18 points.  Ian Barse tallied 16 points (4-of-7 3-pointers).  Adam Hofer had 13 points (3-of-7 3-pointers) and dished out eight assists. 

Tanner Heiser produced a double-double of 12 points and 11 assists for Dakota State.  He stole the ball five times.  Taylor Zirbel scored 14 points off the bench after going 6-of-7 from the field. 

Meger led DSU with eight rebounds.  Barse added six rebounds.  Nathaniel Rauen and Zirbel each recorded three assists.

Erik Brewer poured in a game-high 30 points for the Warriors.  He was 11-of-23 from the field, including 6-of-11 from the 3-point line.  Prowell scored 25 points after going 9-of-16 from the field and 6-of-7 free-throws.  Tyler Parrish had 11 points.  Michael Morgan tallied nine points.

Morgan earned nine rebounds for Waldorf.  Brewer added five rebounds.

Prowell dished out four assists for WC.  He recorded four steals.

Dakota State made 42 field goals in 68 attempts in the game.  Waldorf was 47.8 percent from the field (33-of-69).  The Warriors hit nine 3-pointers in 25 tries (36 percent) while the Trojans were 8-of-19 from the 3-point arc (42.1 percent).

Both teams made nine free-throws in the game.

DSU won the rebounding battle, outrebounding WC 36-28.  The Trojans outscored the Warriors 22-16 in second-chance points.

Dakota State scored 20 bench points while Waldorf's bench recorded five points.  The Trojans outscored the Warriors 64-36 inside the paint.

Waldorf ended their season with an overall record of 16-14.

Dakota State continues their postseason run Saturday evening as they host No. 7 seed Mayville State (N.D.) – who upset No. 2 seed Bellevue 73-62 – in the NSAA men's basketball semifinal game.  Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at DSU Fieldhouse.

Top-seed Valley City State (N.D.) – 69-67 nail-biter winner over No. 8 seed Viterbo (Wis.) – will host the other semifinal game on Saturday versus No. 4 seed Jamestown (N.D.) – defeated No. 5 seed Dickinson State (N.D.) 93-74.  

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

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