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Men's Basketball - Fri, Jan. 20, 2017

January 20, 2017

Photos credits by Donald Weidler

MADISON, S.D. – After a see-saw battle in the first-half between Jamestown (N.D.) and Dakota State (S.D.) in the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Men's Basketball action at DSU Fieldhouse Friday evening, the Trojans held on to defeat the Jimmies 79-73 to earn a season series split.  DSU had won three straight home meetings with the Jimmies, where both teams faced each other in the conference championship game in the last five years.

Dakota State improved their overall record to 10-11, their eighth straight season with double-digit victories since head coach Gary Garner arrival at DSU.  Jamestown dropped to 10-12 overall record.

The Trojans moved into a tie for sixth-place with Valley City State (N.D.) in the tight North Star conference race with a 4-5 record.  Jamestown fell to 5-4 North Star record, a two-way tie with Viterbo (Wis.) in the conference standings.

Both teams went through five ties and four lead changes in the first twenty minutes of the game.  In addition, both teams had their biggest lead of the game at five points in the first-half (UJ led 11-6 with 16:10 on the clock; DSU led 22-17 with 9:15 on the clock).

Leading 38-35, Tanner Heiser drove inside to make a lay-up with just seconds before halftime to put the Trojans up 40-35.

Dakota State shot 50 percent from the field (16-of-32) in the first-half, while Jamestown was 47.1 percent from the field (16-of-34).

The Trojans increased their lead by seven points (42-35) after Kyle Kilgore kicked off the second-half with a basket with 19:46 remaining.  The Jimmies answered back with an 8-2 scoring run to cut DSU's lead down by one point at 44-43 after a 3-pointer by Logan Brown (17:39 on the clock).

Leading 48-47, DSU went on a 15-3 scoring tear to gain the largest lead of the game.  Kilgore completed a 3-point play with 10:18 left, extending Dakota State's lead to 63-52.

With the Trojans lead 75-66, the Jimmies stormed back with a 7-0 run – all by Riley Henderson – to cut DSU's lead to 75-73 with 1:13 remaining in the game.  The Jimmies were unable to score for the rest of the game.

DSU secured the game after Heiser nailed down a pair of free-throws with less than 25 seconds remaining.  After UJ committed a turnover with less than 15 seconds to go, Ian Barse added a fast-break lay-up to extend the Trojans lead to 79-73 with 6.2 seconds remaining.

Dakota State scored 39 second-half points, while Jamestown tallied 38 second-half points.  The Trojans shot a blazing 57.1 percent from the field (16-of-28) while the Jimmies shot 50 percent (14-of-28).

Kilgore scored a season-high 29 points for the Trojans.  He was 11-of-16 from the field and 7-of-8 from the free-throw line.  Kevin Daniels scored 16 points off the bench (7-of-13 field goals).  Heiser tallied 12 points.  Bobby Farquah had nine points.  Justin Folkers recorded eight points.

Kilgore grabbed nine rebounds for DSU.  Folkers and Hesier each added six rebounds.  Folkers and Farquah each registered a block.

Heiser produced six assists for Dakota State.  Daniles had three assists.  Folkers, Brendon Boomsma and Farquah each had two assists.  Kilgore, Hesier and Farquah each recorded a steal.

Jacob Havron led the Jimmies with a double-double of 17 points and earned 13 rebounds.  He was 8-of-16 from the field.  Jake Hagler added 16 points and 6 rebounds.  Kiwane Crowder scored 10 points off the bench.  Jon Purintun and Henderson each had nine points.

Logan Brown dished out three assists for UJ.  Havron, Brown, Hagler, Henderson and Crowder each had a steal. 

Dakota State shot a blazing 53.3 percent overall from the field, converting 32 baskets in 60 attempts.  Jamestown was 30-of-62 from the field (48.4 percent).  DSU was 6-of-15 3-pointers, while UJ was 5-of-15 from the 3-point arc.

The Trojans made 9-of-12 free-throws.  The Jimmies were 8-of-11 from the free-throw line.

UJ outrebounded DSU 34-31 in the game.  The Trojans outscored the Jimmies 42-32 inside the paint and 25-17 in bench points.

Dakota State stays home as they continue their North Star conference action, hosting Presentation (S.D.).  Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. Saturday evening at DSU Fieldhouse.

Jamestown heads to Lewy Lee Fieldhouse Saturday evening, visiting Mayville State (N.D.) Saturday at 5 p.m.

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

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