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(21)Midland University
Men's Basketball - Wed, Nov. 9, 2016

November 9, 2016

Photos credits by Nicholas Hauser, Donald Weidler and Kelly Brusven

MADISON, S.D. – After a see-saw battle in the first twenty minutes of the non-conference men's basketball game at DSU Fieldhouse Wednesday evening, No. 21-ranked Midland (Neb.) outscored No. 14-ranked Dakota State (S.D.) 34-25 in the second-half to gain a 73-63 victory.  It was the second loss this season for the Trojans against teams that are ranked in the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Top 25 national poll.

Dakota State fell to 2-3 overall record while Midland remained undefeated their first three games.

DSU had the biggest lead of the second-half at 11-7 after a 3-pointer by Brendon Boomsma with sixteen minutes and twenty-seven seconds on the clock.  The Warriors would answer back to knot the game for the second time at 11-11 with 15:29 on the clock. 

The lead was no more than five points on four different occasions by the Warriors in the first-half – 27-22 with 6:31 on the clock, 29-24 with 5:54 left, 31-26 with 4:55 to go before intermission and 33-28 with 4:23 on the clock.

Trailing 34-30, the Trojans scored five straight points by Tanner Heiser's 3-pointer and a basket by Kevin Daniels to regain their lead at 35-34 with less than two minutes remaining in the first-half.

There were four lead changes in the final 1:59 of the first-half, where the Warriors held on to a 39-38 halftime advantage.

Midland shot 53.1 percent from the field in the first twenty minutes, making 17-of-32 from the field and 2-of-6 from the 3-point line.  Dakota State was 16-of-33 from the field (48.5 percent) in the first-half, including 6-of-15 3-pointers.

Both teams went through eight lead changes and four ties in the first-half.

DSU tied the game for the fifth time at 43-43 after a 3-pointer by Boomsma (assisted by Heiser) with 16:20 remaining. 

The Warriors went on a 14-2 scoring tear in the next 3 minutes, 33 seconds of the game to hold a double-digit lead at 57-45 with 12:14 left in the game.

The Trojans answered back by scoring nine straight points (7 points from Ian Barse) to cut MU's lead to 57-54 with 8:19 left.

Midland closed the game by using a 16-9 scoring run in the final 7:27 of the game.

The Warriors outscored the Trojans 34-25 in the second-half.  MU was 45.2 percent from the field (14-of-31) in the last twenty minutes of the game, while DSU was held to 32.4 percent shooting (11-of-34).

Four Dakota State players scored in double figures, led by Boomsma where he shot 5-of-10 3-pointers for 15 points.  Barse posted a double-double of 10 points and pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds.  Justin Folkers (5-of-11 field goals) and Bobby Farquah (5-of-8 field goals) each scored 10 points.

Kevin Daniels scored eight points, dished out a season-high nine assists and grabbed four rebounds for the Trojans.  Heiser added eight points, six rebounds and three assists.

Farquah recorded three blocked shots and five rebounds in the game for DSU.  Barse, Heiser and Farquah each had a steal.

Don Henderson had a double-double of 20 points (9-of-13 field goals) and grabbed a game-high 24 rebounds (11 offensive) for Midland.  Alex Starkel had a game-high of 24 points on his 11-of-21 field goal shooting.  He had six rebounds and produced three assists.

Diamontae McKinley added 13 points and five rebounds for the Warriors.  He registered five assists.  Clayton Shepard had two blocked shots.

Midland shot 49.2 percent overall from the field (31-of-63) compared to Dakota State 40.3 percent (27-of-67).  The Trojans were 9-of-28 from the 3-point line (32.1 percent), while the Warriors were 3-of-11 from the 3-point arc.

MU went to the free-throw line 20 times, making eight free-throws (40 percent).  DSU did not go to the free-throw line in the game.

Midland outrebounded Dakota State 47-33.  The Warriors outscored the Trojans 17-9 in second-chance points.  MU had 48 points inside the paint compared to DSU 32 points inside the paint.

Dakota State looks to swing back in the winning column Tuesday evening as they begin their eight-game stretch away from the DSU Fieldhouse.  The Trojans visit Trinity Bible (N.D.) for a non-conference game at 7:30 p.m.  The game will be held at Ray Ulmer Fieldhouse in Ellendale, N.D.

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director


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