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Men's Basketball - Thu, Mar. 17, 2016

March 17, 2016


KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced the 2015-16 Division II Men's Basketball All-America teams Thursday morning.  Kyle Kilgore of Dakota State (S.D.) was named to All-America Second Team.  The All-America Teams are selected by the NAIA All-America Committee.

It was the fourth straight year that the Trojans had a player being named to All-America teams.  Bryant Allen (2015), Dylan Hale (2014) and Luke Lamb (2013) were all named to NAIA Division II Men's Basketball All-America Honorable Mention Team in the last three years. 

Kilgore – 6-foot-7 junior forward – led DSU with 15.8 points (523 total points) and 8.4 rebounds (277 total rebounds—seventh most rebounds in a single season in DSU men's basketball record book) per game in 2015-16.  He also led the team with 26 blocked shots (0.8 blocked shots per game).  He shot 58 percent from the field (213-of-367). 

DSU's Kilgore recorded 13 double-doubles during the season, which is the most double-doubles in the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) conference.  He scored a career-best 32 points (14-of-21 field goals and 4-of-6 free-throws) on the road at Jamestown (N.D.) on Feb. 9.  Kilgore also recorded the most rebounds in a game with 13 three times versus Mayville State (N.D.), versus Dickinson State (N.D.) on Feb. 20 and at Dordt (Iowa) on Nov. 3.

He averaged 17.7 points and 8.8 rebounds per game during Trojans' 14 NSAA conference games.  He led the conference in field goal percentage (55.1 percent) and rebounding categories. 

According to the DakStats-NAIA statistical website as of Thursday, Kilgore ranks 15th in the nation in field goal percentage.  He also ranks 26th in defensive rebounds per game (6.2) and 31st in total rebounds per game.

Kilgore was selected to 2015-16 NSAA All-Conference First Team last month.  He also received NSAA's Men's Basketball Most Valuable Player and Newcomer-of-the-Year awards, voted by the league coaches.

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

Dakota State finished another successful season, recording an overall record of 19-14.  It was the seventh straight season that the Trojans had recorded their double-digit victories.

DSU shared the NSAA Men's Basketball conference regular-season title for the second straight year.  Dakota State finished their conference schedule with a 10-4 record, the most conference wins since 2004-05 season. 

The Trojans also appeared in the conference postseason tournament for the fifth straight year.  DSU won the last two NSAA Postseason Tournament titles.

Dakota State qualified for the NAIA Division II National Tournament for the fourth time in the last five years, falling short in the first round to the top-ranked team Saint Francis (Ind.) – who advanced to the national championship game last Tuesday night in Point Lookout, Mo.

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

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