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Men's Basketball - Tue, Mar. 1, 2016

February 29, 2016

NSAA PRESS RELEASE

MADISON, S.D.Kyle Kilgore of Dakota State (S.D.) was honored by the North Star Athletic Association as its Men's Basketball Most Valuable Player and Newcomer Player-of-the-Year, voted by the conference coaches.  He received two basketballs by the NSAA's commissioner Cory Anderson after the completion of the championship game Monday evening at DSU Fieldhouse.

Kilgore – 6-foot-7 forward – leads the team with 16.0 points per game (513 total points through 32 games) and 271 rebounds (8.5 rebounds per game.  He shot 208-of-359 from the field (57.9 percent).  Kilgore also leads the team with 25 blocked shots.

He leads the NSAA conference with 13 double-doubles, including the most recent with 14 points and 12 rebounds in Trojans' 79-65 victory over Jamestown (N.D.) in the championship game Monday.  He recorded his career-highs 32 points and 14 rebounds in 85-77 road victory at Jamestown on Feb. 3.

Prior to Monday's game, Kilgore ranks 16th in the nation in field goal percentage of 58 percent.  He is also 30th in defensive rebounds per game (6.2) and 33rd in total rebounds per game (8.3). 

Kilgore averaged 17.7 points per game during 14 NSAA conference games this season for the Trojans.  He shot 55.1 percent from the field (97-of-176) and averaged 8.8 rebounds per game.  He recorded 11 blocked shots.

Kyle is the son of Eric and Pam Kilgore of Adrian, Minn.  He is a junior Physical Education major at Dakota State University.

Dakota State, who is currently on a school-record nine-game winning streak, is 19-13 overall record.  The Trojans await to find out the pairings for the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Tournament, with the live selection show being scheduled for Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. on www.naia.org.  

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

 
 
 
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