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Men's Basketball - Fri, Dec. 30, 2016

December 30, 2016

MITCHELL, S.D. – Dakota State (S.D.) shot a blazing 60 percent from the field Friday evening, fueling to an 82-74 upset victory over No. 15-ranked York (Neb.) on the second day of the Mike Miller/Doug Martin Classic at the Corn Palace.  It was the Trojans' first win over a NAIA's nationally-ranked team this season and closed out the 2016 portion of the schedule with two straight wins, their third win in the last four games.

Dakota State lifted their overall record to 7-10.  The victory also gave DSU's head coach Gary Garner his 500th career collegiate coaching victory.  York, a member of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC), fell to 10-6 overall record.

The Panthers opened up with a 4-0 lead in the first three minutes and forty-one seconds of the game.  The Trojans ended their five-plus minutes of scoreless drought with a 3-pointer by Brendon Boomsma (DSU trailed 4-3 with 15:57 on the clock).

Ian Barse drained a 3-pointer to give DSU its first lead of the game with 14:52 left in the first-half.

Leading 25-23, the Trojans went on a 14-6 run to grab their first double-digit lead of the game at 39-29 after a lay-up by Kyle Kilgore with 2:05 remaining before halftime.

DSU maintained a 42-35 halftime advantage over York.  The Trojans shot 57.7 percent from the field (15-of-26) compared to the Panthers 45.5 percent (15-of-33) in the first-half.  DSU was 4-of-8 from the 3-point line while YC was 2-of-9 3-pointers.

After struggling to score through the first two-and-half minutes, Dakota State sparked a 6-0 outburst to widen their lead to 49-35.  Kilgore kicked off the scoring run with a dunk, followed by a 3-pointer by Boomsma and a basket by Justin Folkers to give DSU a 14-point cushion with 16:30 left.

The Trojans earned its biggest lead of the game at 52-37 after a Barse's 3-pointer with 15:10 left.

Dakota State seized their double-digit lead for a span of five-plus minutes before York reduced their deficit into single digits at 58-50 with 10:41 on the clock.

YC continued its scoring surge as they regained their lead at 64-63 with 6:04 left, but DSU quickly answered back after Folkers' basket for 65-64 lead with 5:49 remaining.

Barse followed up with a 3-pointer to put Trojans up 68-64 lead with 5:18 on the clock in the second-half.

York cut Dakota State's lead to 74-71 with 2:36 left.  The Trojans held the Panthers scoreless for almost two minutes, where DSU scored five straight points to secure the game.  Folkers made a field goal while Tanner Heiser added a pair of free-throws and Kilgore made a free-throw.

York made a 3-pointer to cut DSU's lead to 80-74 with 31 seconds to go.  Kilgore made another free-throw and Boomsma made a lay-up to put the game away, giving DSU's head coach Garner a coaching milestone victory.

Dakota State shot a sizzling 62.5 percent from the field (15-of-24) in the second-half.  York was held to 37.1 percent shooting in the final twenty minutes (13-of-35). 

Five players scored in double digits for DSU.  Folkers tied his career-high 20 points for the second time this season.  He was perfect 10-of-10 from the field, where he is tied for best field goal percentage in a single-game in DSU men's basketball record book. 

Kilgore added 19 points on his 6-of-9 field goal shooting and 7-of-11 from the free-throw line for the Trojans.  Barse tallied 12 points.  Kevin Daniels and Boomsma each added 11 points.  Heiser had 10 points.  Bobby Farquah scored eight points off the bench.

Kilgore and Folkers each earned eight rebounds for Dakota State.  Heiser had five rebounds.

Daniels dished out a season-high 11 assists for the Trojans.  Heiser contributed eight assists.  Barse had five assists.  Heiser and Folkers each had a steal.

Johnny Cooksey led the Panthers with 15 points and seven assists.  Mark Dean scored 13 points off the bench.  Keith Mack had 12 points.  Trevor Lenear and Michael Johnson each had 10 points.

Cameron Coleman grabbed nine rebounds for YC.  Mack, Johnson and Drelan Tripplett each had five rebounds.

Dakota State shot 30-of-50 overall from the field.  York was 28-of-68 from the field (41.2 percent).  Both teams made seven 3-pointers.

The Trojans went to the free-throw line 22 times, making 15 free-throws (68.2 percent).  The Panthers were 11-of-13 free-throws (84.6 percent).

YC had a slight rebounding edge, outrebounding DSU 29-28.

Dakota State looks to carry their winning streak into the 2017 portion of the schedule, facing another NAIA's Top 25 nationally-ranked team on Monday evening.  The Trojans host their long-time rival and No. 12 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) in a non-conference clash at DSU Fieldhouse.  Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. in Madison, S.D.​

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

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