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Men's Basketball - Sat, Jan. 21, 2017

January 21, 2017

Photos credits by Kaden Huntrods

MADISON, S.D. – A total of 21 lead changes and 9 ties were featured between Presentation (S.D.) and Dakota State (S.D.) in the North Star Athletic Association Men's Basketball contest Saturday evening at DSU Fieldhouse.  Tanner Heiser drained a game-tying 3-pointer to send the game into overtime and made the game-winning basket with :00.8 seconds remaining as the Trojans prevailed for a 99-97 thriller.

Dakota State recorded its sixth victory in the last seven games, lifting their overall record to 11-11.  Presentation lost their fourth straight game, falling to 8-13 overall record.

The Trojans moved into a sixth-place in a tight-packed North Star Athletic Association conference standings with a 5-5 record – just one-half game behind Viterbo (Wis.) and Waldorf (Iowa) – both with a 5-4 NSAA conference record.  The Saints remain at eighth-place in the NSAA conference standings with a 2-8 record.

DSU and PC went through a see-saw battle in the first five-plus minutes of the game.  Leading 18-17, the Saints made three consecutive baskets (from Marcus Holman and a pair of baskets from Donnell Minton) to widen their lead to 25-17 with 11:52 left in the first-half.

Dakota State answered back with a 10-0 scoring run to overtake a 27-25 lead after a 3-pointer by Kevin Daniels with 9:13 on the clock in the first-half.

From there, both teams tied or traded leads for the rest of the first-half.  Presentation took a 44-43 halftime lead.  There were a total of 16 lead changes and 5 ties in the first twenty minutes of the game.

Both teams shot well above 50 percent in the first-half.  The Trojans shot 16-of-30 from the field (53.3 percent) compared to the Saints 17-of-33 field goals (51.5 percent).  PC drained 7-of-12 3-pointers, while DSU was 5-of-13 from the 3-point line.

Presentation outscored Dakota State 10-4 in the first four minutes of the second-half to extend their lead to 54-47, but the Trojans answered back by outscoring the Saints 7-1 to cut PC's lead to 55-54 with 13:54 left.

The Saints maintained their lead until they posted the biggest lead of the game at 74-64 after Holman's 3-point play with 5:45 remaining.

Trailing 76-66 with 4:21 to go, the Trojans went on a 10-2 scoring run to reduce their deficit to 78-76 with 1:43 remaining after a pair of free-throws by Justin Folkers.

Marcus Gatlin made a basket to put PC up 80-76 with 1:20 left in the game.  The Trojans committed a turnover on the next possession, while Minton added two free-throws to extend Saints' lead to 82-76.

Dakota State mounted a furious comeback in the final 25 seconds of the game.  Ian Barse made the first free-throw as DSU trailed 82-77, but missed the second free-throw.  Folkers rebounded the missed free-throw and quickly made a basket to cut Saints' lead to 82-79 with less than 22 seconds to go.

The Trojans quickly fouled PC's Aaron Samuels with less 20 seconds remaining in the game.  Samuels missed the front side of the bonus free-throw situation and was rebounded by Kyle Kilgore.

Heiser drained a 3-pointer with 11.6 seconds left in the game as Dakota State tied the game at 82-82.

The Saints were unable to score on the final possession in regulation as Minton's 3-pointer was missed and went out-of-bounds as time expired, forcing the game into extra period.

Dakota State outscored Presentation 18-8 in the final 5:17 of regulation.

PC and DSU traded leads or tied the game for the majority of overtime period.  Tied at 91-91, Kilgore completed a 3-point play with less than 37 seconds go in overtime to give Dakota State a 97-94 lead.

The Saints responded back with a 3-point play by Minton to record the ninth tie of the game at 97-97 with 17 seconds to go in overtime.

Heiser made a jump shot from the free-throw line to give Dakota State a 99-97 lead with :00.8 seconds to go, forcing the Saints to call their final timeout.

PC was unable to convert their last scoring chance as the Trojans secured the victory.

A total of 3 ties and 5 lead changes were recorded in overtime.  Dakota State was 7-of-9 from the field in the final five minutes of the game compared to Presentation 4-of-6 field goals.

Five DSU players scored in double digits, led by Kilgore with 24 points.  He was 9-of-11 from the field and made 6-of-7 free-throws.  Heiser added 19 points where he was 6-of-12 from the field and 6-of-7 from the free-throw line.  Daniels scored 17 points off the bench.  Barse tallied 15 points (5-of-9 field goals, including 4-of-7 from the 3-point line).  Folkers had 12 points.

Kilgore and Bobby Farquah each grabbed six rebounds for the Trojans.  Daniels added five rebounds.

Heiser contributed a game-high eight assists for Dakota State.  Kilgore, Brendon Boomsma, Barse and Daniels each produced three assists.  Heiser stole the ball four times.

Minton scored a game-high 32 points for the Saints.  He was 10-of-16 from the field, 3-of-6 3-pointers and converted 9-of-12 free-throws.  Elijah Valdez was 10-of-17 field goals, including 6-of-11 from the 3-point line, for 26 points.  Gatlin tallied 22 points on his 7-of-15 field goal shooting, 3-of-4 3-pointers and 5-of-6 free-throws.  Holman had 10 points.

Gatlin pulled down seven rebounds for PC.  Holman and Samuels each had six rebounds. 

Minton dished out five assists and stole the ball three times for Presentation.  Gatlin had two assists and three steals.

Dakota State shot 54.5 percent overall from the field, making 36 baskets in 66 attempts.  Presentation was 53.1 percent from the field (34-of-64).  The Saints made 12 3-pointers in 22 tries (54.5 percent), while the Trojans were 10-of-27 3-pointers (37 percent).

DSU converted 17-of-22 free-throws (77.3 percent).  PC made 17 free-throws in 26 attempts (65.4 percent).

The Trojans outrebounded the Saints 36-32.  DSU outscored PC 23-4 in bench points.

Dakota State will take a week off from North Star conference play, playing a pair of non-conference games next week.  The Trojans head on the road Wednesday evening, traveling to Grace (Neb.).  Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. at Jim Classen Gymnasium in Omaha, Neb.

Presentation returns home Friday evening (Jan. 27) as they host No. 22-ranked Bellevue (Neb.).  The game will be held at Strode Center in Aberdeen, S.D. at 7:30 p.m.

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

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