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Men's Basketball - Sat, Feb. 27, 2016

February 27, 2016


Photos credits by Nathan Meyer

MADISON, S.D. – No. 3 seed Dakota State (S.D.) continued their 'red-hot' shooting Saturday evening by shooting 53.1 percent overall from the field, rolling to an 84-72 victory over No. 7 seed Mayville State (N.D.) at DSU Fieldhouse for a spot in the North Star Athletic Association Men's Basketball Postseason Tournament's championship game on Monday.  With the victory, the Trojans tied the school record for the longest winning streak (eight games) since 1990-91 season.

Dakota State remained undefeated in the month of February with an 8-0 record, winning for the 12th time in the last 14 games.

After going through three ties and two lead changes in the first five minutes of the game, DSU went on to score ten straight points to break off the 9-9 into a 19-9 lead with 13:18 on the clock.  During that scoring outburst, Adam Hofer made three straight baskets – eight straight points – including a pair of 3-pointers and Kyle Kilgore added two free-throws.

Justin Folkers nailed down a basket inside the paint (assisted by Hofer) as the Trojans increased to their biggest lead of the first-half at 25-13 (10:22 on the clock.0

With Dakota State leading 35-25, the Comets went on a 9-1 scoring run to reduce their deficit to 36-34 with two minutes remaining after a field goal by A.B. Najee.

DSU answered back by scoring on the final four possessions of the first-half, outscoring MSU 8-0 in the last 1:50 of the first-half.  Tanner Heiser made a driving lay-up to put up the Trojans 44-34 by halftime.

Dakota State shot 54.5 percent from the field in the first twenty minutes, converting 18-of-33 field goals.  Mayville State was 15-of-30 from the field.  DSU outscored MSU 18-5 in points off turnovers in the first-half.

The Trojans kicked off the second-half with an 8-0 outburst (with the first five points of the second-half by Derek Meger), extending their lead to 52-34 and forced Mayville State to burn one of their timeouts with 18:18 remaining.  DSU made their first field goals of the second-half while MSU missed two field goals and committed two turnovers.

Dakota State maintained their double-digit lead between for the rest of the game, earning their largest lead of the game at 66-47 with 10:18 left after a basket by Meger (assisted by Hofer).  DSU held their 19-point lead on fiyr other occasions (68-49 with 8:34 on the clock; 76-57 with less than four minutes remaining; 78-59 with 3:16 left and 83-64 with 1:51 left.

DSU scored 40 points in the second-half while MSU tallied 38 second-half points.

Meger powered the Trojans with a career-high 27 points – 18 points coming from the second-half – on his 12-of-16 field goal shooting.  He also grabbed nine rebounds in the game.  Hofer added 20 points, where he scored 14 points in the first twenty minutes of the game.  He produced five assists.

Kilgore posted his 12th double-double of the season for Dakota State, scoring 12 points and pulling down 13 rebounds.  Heiser tallied 16 points and dished out six assists.

Kilgore and Taylor Zirbel each recorded two blocked shots.  Ian Barse stole the ball four times.  Zirbel added three steals.  Meger, Hofer and Heiser each had two steals.

Jamal Branco led the Comets with 17 points.  He was 7-of-11 from the field and 3-of-4 from the 3-point line.  Aidan Quinn added nine points off the bench.  Conor Quinn had eight points. 

Chuck Robinson scored seven points and recorded 10 rebounds for MSU.  Jordan Villebrun added 11 rebounds.

Branco had three assists for Mayville State.  Quinn stole the ball three ties.

Garek Droog led MSU with three blocked shots.  Villebrun and Robinson each had two blocks.

Dakota State made 34 field goals in 64 attempts in the game compared to Mayville State 29-of-66 field goal shooting (43.9 percent).  MSU was 8-of-24 from the 3-point line (33.3 percent) while DSU was 6-of-15 3-pointers.

DSU went 10-of-21 from the free-throw line (47.6 percent).  MSU was 6-of-9 free-throws (66.7 percent).

Mayville State pulled down 42 rebounds (16 offensive) while Dakota State had 32 rebounds (10 offensive). 

The Trojans outscored the Comets 31-20 in points off turnovers where MSU committed 23 turnovers in the game.  DSU had 16 turnovers.

Mayville State ended their season with an overall record of 17-12, including an upset victory over No. 2 seed Bellevue (Neb.) 73-62 in the NSAA quarterfinals round.

Dakota State now play in the NSAA men's basketball conference championship game for the third straight year on Monday evening versus No. 4 seed Jamestown (N.D.), who upset the top-seed Valley City State (N.D.) 94-75 earlier Saturday afternoon.  Monday's game will mark the fifth straight year that both the Trojans and Jimmies played each other in the conference championship game since 2012.

The last time the Trojans hosted the conference postseason tournament championship game was on Feb. 26 2012, defeating UJ by the score of 80-71. 

The winner of the championship game will earn an automatic bid to the national championship game in Point Lookout, Mo. from March 9 through March 15.

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

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