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Men's Basketball - Mon, Feb. 29, 2016

February 29, 2016

PHOTO GALLERY - Photos credits by Tyler Flaagan, Kaden Huntrods and Donald Weidler

MADISON, S.D. – No. 3 seed Dakota State (S.D.) never trailed in the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Men's Basketball Postseason Championship game Monday evening, claiming a 79-65 victory over fourth-seeded Jamestown (N.D.) at DSU Fieldhouse.  It was the fifth straight conference championship game between the Trojans and Jimmies, third straight NSAA conference championship game between DSU and UJ.

The Trojans had won the last two NSAA Men's Basketball Postseason Tournaments and qualified for the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Tournament for the fourth time in the last five years.  DSU extended the winning streak to a school record nine games – breaking the previous school record of eight straight wins in 1990-91 season – and recorded their 13th victory in the last 15 games.

DSU opened up the game by reeling off five straight points with a field goal by Ian Barse and a 3-pointer by Derek Meger for a 5-0 lead with eighteen minutes and twelves seconds on the clock.

Jake Hagler ended UJ's scoring drought with a jump shot with 17:52 left in the first-half (DSU leads 5-2).

Leading 8-6, the Trojans went on a 14-7 scoring run to take a 22-13 lead with less than 12 minutes remaining in the first-half.  The Jimmies were able to cut DSU's lead down to three points on two different occasions at 22-19 with 9:39 remaining in the first period and 24-21 with 8:15 left before intermission.

Dakota State mounted a scoring surge, outscoring UJ 14-6 in a span of nearly four minutes to build up a 38-27 lead with 4:35 left in the first.  The Trojans made six consecutive baskets during the scoring run, including a pair of 3-pointers by Tanner Heiser, a pair of baskets by Kyle Kilgore and a field goal each by Meger and Adam Hofer.

A 3-pointer by UJ's Hagler with less than 45 seconds left in the first-half trimmed DSU's lead to 43-37.

Both teams shot 15-of-32 from the field in the first twenty minutes of the game, but the Trojans were 7-of-16 from the 3-point line.  The Jimmies were held to 1-of-10 3-pointers.

Jamestown opened the second-half with a 7-1 scoring run to record the first tie of the game at 44-44 after a basket by KeWan Davis (assisted by Vlad Stoicoviciu) with 17:51 to go.

The Trojans answered back by scoring seven straight points to widen their lead to 51-44 with 14:28 left to play.

A 3-pointer by Jimmie Brequan Tucker cut Trojans' lead to 53-51 with 12:24 remaining, then the Trojans maintained control for the rest of the game.

DSU went on a 10-2 scoring run to regain their double-digit lead at 63-53 with a field goal by Taylor Zirbel with 8:44 to go in the game.

Heiser completed a 3-point play with 3:05 left as the Trojans recorded their biggest lead of the game at 77-59.  Hofer also added a field goal for an 18-piont lead at 79-61 with less than two minutes remaining, securing the postseason title.

DSU outscored UJ 36-28 in the last twenty minutes of the game.  The Trojans shot 46.2 percent in the second-half (12-of-26) while the Jimmies were held to 10-of-30 from the field (33.3 percent).

Heiser poured in a career-high 25 points on his 8-of-16 field goal shooting, including 5-of-7 from the 3-point line.  He was also 4-of-5 from the free-throw line.  He dished out six assists and pulled down eight rebounds.  Meger added 15 points (6-of-7 field goals) and grabbed seven rebounds.

Kilgore produced his 13th double-double of the season, scoring 14 points and collecting 12 rebounds for Dakota State.  He also had five assists and recorded three blocked shots.

Barse chipped in nine points for DSU.  Hofer also had six points, four assists and three steals.  Zirbel scored eight points off the bench.

Halger had a team-high 24 points on his 9-of-16 shooting from the field and 4-of-4 free-throws for the Jimmies.  Tucker posted a double-double of 14 points and earned 11 boards.  Logan Brown added nine points.

Tucker registered three steals and two assists for UJ.  Hagler also had three steals.

Dakota State – who also shared the NSAA Men's Basketball regular-season title for the second straight year – shot 46.6 percent from the field.  The Trojans made 27 baskets in 58 attempts and 7 3-pointers in 20 attempts (35 percent).

Jamestown shot 40.3 percent from the field, converting 25-of-62 field goals.  The Jimmies were 4-of-21 from the 3-point line (19 percent). 

DSU was 18-of-28 from the free-throw line (64.3 percent).  UJ was 11-of-17 free-throws (64.7 percent).

The Trojans won the rebounding battle 44-35, outscoring the Jimmies 15-4 in second-chance points.

Dakota State, who was just 10-13 overall record by the end of January, raised their overall record to 19-13.  Jamestown ended their season with an overall record of 17-12.

DSU awaits to hear the pairings to the NAIA Division II National Tournament on Wednesday evening at 6 p.m.  Watch the Live Selection Show on the NAIA website ( 

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director





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