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Men's Basketball - Mon, Jan. 2, 2017

January 2, 2017


MADISON, S.D. – The North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) has selected Dakota State's Justin Folkers as its Men's Basketball Player-of-the-Week, the eighth edition of the weekly honor was announced by the conference office Monday.

Folkers averaged 20.0 points and 7.0 rebounds to fuel the Trojans to a 2-0 record in the Mike Miller Classic, including their first victory over an NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Top 25 team. 

He scored 16 points on his 8-of-13 field goal shooting and pulled down 6 rebounds as Dakota State held on to defeat Southeastern (Fla.) on the first day of the classic on Dec. 29.  Folkers followed that up with a perfect 10-of-10 field goals for 20 points and earned eight rebounds in an 82-74 upset victory over No. 15-ranked York (Neb.) on Dec. 30.

He tied his career-high 20 points twice this season for DSU.  In addition, he had scored in double-digit for nine straight games.

His 10-of-10 field goals tied the DSU school record for best single-game field goal percentage of 100.0 percent.  He was 18-of-23 from the field (78.3 percent) during the two-day Mike Miller Classic event at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, S.D. 

Folkers is averaging 10.9 point per game this season (17 games) for the Trojans.  He is 63.3 percent from the field (81-of-128 field goals).  He also averages 4.6 rebounds per game.

Justin is the son of Brad and Amanda Folkers of Mission, S.D.  He is a sophomore Exercise Science major at Dakota State University.

Dakota State, who won for the third time in the last four games, kicks off the 2017 year at home Monday evening (tonight) as they host their long-time rival No. 12-ranked Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.).  Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at DSU Fieldhouse in Madison.

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

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