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Men's Basketball - Sat, Feb. 25, 2017

February 25, 2017

BELLEVUE, Neb. – No. 5 seed Dakota State (S.D.) opened up the game with a fast start before the top-seeded Bellevue (Neb.) surged to take a 28-20 halftime lead Saturday afternoon in the North Star Athletic Association Men's Basketball Postseason Semifinals at Gordon Lozier Center.  The Trojans mounted a comeback in the second-half and forced overtime, where BU outscored DSU 15-8 to move on to the championship game with a 69-62 victory.

It was the second straight meeting that the game was decided in extra period.  The Trojans defeated Bellevue at DSU Fieldhouse on Feb. 17 with an 84-77 overtime victory.

B.J. Shelton made a lay-up to give BU (ranked No. 25 in the latest NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 national poll) its first lead of the game at 2-0, but the Trojans went on to score seven straight points.  Justin Folkers made a basket, followed by Kyle Kilgore's layup and a 3-pointer from Tanner Heiser gave DSU a 7-2 lead with sixteen minutes and thirty-four seconds on the clock.

Heiser added another 3-pointer to put the Trojans up 10-4 with 16:08 mark in the first half.

The Bruins held scoreless the Trojans scoreless for more than eight minutes, scoring 12 consecutive points to overtake a 16-10 lead with 8:45 left in the first-half.

Dakota State snapped the scoring drought with a lay-up by Folkers with 7:53 on the clock, trailing 16-12.

With BU leading 19-17, Bellevue closed the first-half with a 9-3 scoring run in the final 4:43 to take a 28-20 halftime lead.  DSU's Nathaniel Rauen made a lay-up with just a second before the first-half expired.

Bellevue shot 40 percent from the field in the first-half (10-of-25 field goals).  Dakota State struggled from the field, shooting 7-of-26 field goals (26.9 percent).

The Bruins kicked off the second-half by draining a pair of 3-pointers (Jalen Hall and Nick Hilton) to post its biggest lead of the game at 34-20 with 18:02 left.

Trailing 45-33, DSU mounted a furious comeback to cut BU's within one point.  The Trojans used an 18-7 outburst to trim Bruins lead down to 52-51 with 2:19 remaining.

Heiser drained a 3-pointer with 1:30 remaining as DSU regained their lead at 54-52.  BU answered back with a lay-up by Blake Wilder, tying the game at 54-54 with 1:08 left.

Both teams could not sure in the last minute of the game.  DSU was unable to convert the final possession of regulation where Heiser's shot fell short.

Dakota State outscored Bellevue 34-26 in the second-half, including 21-9 run in the final 11:47 of the second-half.

Hilton scored the first five points in overtime to give the Bruins a 59-54 lead with 3:29 on the clock.

Ian Barse ended DSU's scoring drought with a lay-up with 2:52 to go, trailing 59-56.  The Bruins went on to score the next five points to widen their lead to 64-56 with 1:29 remaining.

The Trojans could get no closer than four points at 64-60, as the Bruins secured the game with a 5-2 closing run.

Heiser finished the game with 22 points, draining a total of five 3-pointers and converted 7-of-9 free-throws for Dakota State.  Folkers added 13 points (6-of-10 field goals).  Barse had 10 points.  Kilgore scored 8 points.

Kilgore pulled down 10 rebounds and recorded two blocked shots for DSU.  Folkers had five rebounds.  Heiser and Bobby Farquah each had four rebounds. 

Heiser dished out four assists for Dakota State.  Kilgore and Kevin Daniels each had three assists.  Kilgore, Daniels and Farquah each had two steals.

Hilton poured in 24 points for the Bruins.  He was 8-of-13 from the field, including 6-of-9 from the 3-point arc.  Mike Cardenas added 12 points off the bench.  Wilder had 11 points. 

Jaffery Stillman collected 12 rebounds for BU.  Cardenas had nine rebounds.  Jalen Hall produced four assists.  Shelton Black registered three blocked shots.

Bellevue shot 23-of-54 from the field (42.6 percent) compared to Dakota State 20-of-61 field goals (32.8 percent).  The Bruins were 10-of-20 from the 3-point line, while the Trojans were 7-of-23 3-pointers.

DSU was 15-of-18 free-throws (83.3 percent).  BU was 13-of-21 from the free-throw line (61.9 percent).

Bellevue outrebounded Dakota State 47-34. 

DSU finished its 2016-17 season with an overall record of 16-16 and 8-8 record in the North Star conference play.  It was the final career collegiate basketball game for four Trojans' seniors – Barse, Heiser, Kilgore and Rauen.

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

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