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Men's Basketball - Thu, Dec. 15, 2016

December 15, 2016



· The Dakota State (S.D.) University Trojan men's basketball team (4-9 overall record, 1-3 NSAA) returns home this weekend for a pair of North Star Athletic Association conference games at DSU Fieldhouse.

· The Trojans are playing their two home games during the month of December.  It's the first home game since Nov. 9 when DSU hosted Midland (Neb.).

· DSU looks to swing back in the winning column as they host Waldorf (Iowa) (5-7 overall record, 1-1 NSAA).  Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.

· On Saturday, the Trojans host Viterbo (Wis.) (6-6 overall record, 1-2 NSAA) in another North Star conference match-up.  The game is set for 5 p.m.

· Please stay tuned to the DSU Athletics website on for any future updates on schedule changes due to severe weather.  A 'Winter Storm Warning' has been issued for much of South Dakota from Friday 12 noon to Saturday 12 noon.


· Dakota State (S.D.) will provide a free live video and audio broadcast of the men's basketball game on Friday versus Waldorf (Iowa) and Saturday versus Viterbo (Wis.).

· Jon Hunter, the Voice of the Trojans, will provide the audio broadcast of the women's basketball game.  To view the live video/audio webcast, go to

· Dakota State will also provide the DakStats live stats-play-by-play in all DSU's home athletic events.

· Follow DSU Athletics' Twitter for live scores, updates and recaps.  Go to

· All live coverage links will be available on the DSU Athletics home page on


· Dakota State (S.D.) shot a sizzling 50 percent from the field on Dec. 9 at W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse, holding Valley City State (N.D.) to their season-low points in DSU's 65-48 North Star conference victory.

· The win also halted the Trojans' five-game losing streak and earned the first North Star conference victory this season.  DSU also handed VCSU's its first NSAA conference loss.

· The Trojans held on to a 29-24 halftime lead before outscoring the Vikings 36-24 in the final twenty minutes of the game.

· Tanner Heiser led DSU with 19 points on his 7-of-12 field goal shooting.  He was 5-of-10 from the 3-point line and contributed five assists.  He stole the ball twice.

· Kevin Daniels added 15 points for Dakota State.  Kyle Kilgore had 11 points.  Justin Folkers tallied 10 points.  Brendon Boomsma scored six points.

· Kilgore pulled down nine rebounds for the Trojans.  Folkers had five rebounds.

· DSU shot 26-of-52 from the field, including draining 10 3-pointers in 23 attempts.  VCSU shot 35.2 percent (19-of-54) and 5-of-16 3-pointers.


· Dakota State (S.D.) could not hold on to their five-point lead in the second-half Wednesday evening at Scott Gymnasium.  Dickinson State (N.D.) used a 23-11 closing run to defeat the Trojans by the score of 76-63.

· There were a total of eight lead changes and two ties in the game.

· Four DSU players scored in double figures, led by Kyle Kilgore with a game-high 20 points.  Tanner Heiser added 17 points.  Kevin Daniles had 13 points.  Justin Folkers scored 10 points.

· Kilgore grabbed seven rebounds and dished out five assists for the Trojans. 

· The Blue Hawks shot 49.2 percent overall from the field (32-of-65) compared to the Trojans 39.3 percent (25-of-61).

· DiSU outrebounded DaSU 44-31 in the game.


· Dakota State (S.D.) returns back to DSU Fieldhouse for the first time since Nov. 9 when they hosted Midland (Neb.)

· Since Nov. 9, the Trojans played eight games away from the DSU Fieldhouse, including a 4-game stretch on the road to kick off the NSAA conference season.

· The Trojans conclude their 2016 portion of the schedule with a pair of games in the Mike Miller Classic at the Corn Palace.  DSU plays No. 15-ranked York (Neb.) on Dec. 29 and Southeastern (Fla.) on Dec. 30.

· Dakota State kicks off the 2017 year with a home game versus long-time rival Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) on Jan. 2 before heading on the road on Jan. 6 at Mayville State (N.D.).


· According to the DakStats-NAIA statistical website as of Thursday, Dakota State (S.D.) ranks 24th in the nation in assist/turnover ratio of 1.3.

· The Trojans are 44th in the nation in total assists with 188 assists.  Dakota State is also 43rd in the nation in turnover margin with a plus-1.3 margin.

· DSU hit a total of 108 3-pointers this season, which is 46th most in the NAIA.

· Dakota State's Tanner Heiser ranks 25th in the nation with 39 total 3-poitners made.  He is 27th in 3-point field goals made per game with an average of 3.0.

· Heiser is also 27th in the NAIA with 23 total steals  He averages 1.8 steals per game, which is No. 47 in the nation.


· Points:  Tanner Heiser—197 points (15.2 points per game)

· Field Goal Percentage:  Kyle Kilgore—60.7 percent (65-of-107 field goals)

· 3-point Field Goal Percentage:  Tanner Heiser—40.6 percent (39-of-96 3-point field goals)

· Free-throw percentage:  Bobby Farquah—81.8 percent (9-of-11 free-throws)

· Rebounds:  Kyle Kilgore—70 rebounds (7.8 rebounds per game)

· Assists:  Tanner Heiser—47 assists—(3.6 assists per game)

· Steals:  Tanner Heiser—23 steals (1.8 steals per game)

· Blocked shots:  Bobby Farquah—6 blocks (0.5 blocked shots per game)


· Dakota State (S.D.) was 2-1 record against Waldorf (Iowa) in last year's meetings, with the most recently in the NSAA Men's Basketball Quarterfinals at DSU Fieldhouse.  The Trojans won by the score of 101-84 on Feb. 25, 2016.

· DSU is 1-0 all-time record versus Viterbo (Wis.), earning a 75-62 victory in the only meeting on Jan. 15, 2016 at DSU Fieldhouse.


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Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

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