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Men's Basketball - Tue, Feb. 28, 2017

February 28, 2017


MADISON, S.D. – Two Dakota State (S.D.) athletes were selected to the 2016-17 North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Men's Basketball All-Conference Second Team, announced after the conclusion of the NSAA Men's Basketball Postseason Tournament's championship game Monday evening.

Kyle Kilgore and Tanner Heiser were on the NSAA All-Conference for the second consecutive season.  Kilgore was the First Team All-Conference, as well as receiving a pair of postseason awards (Most Valuable Player and Newcomer of the Year) in his junior year.  Heiser was listed on the Second Team All-Conference for the second straight year.

Kilgore – 6-foot-7 forward – led the Trojans in scoring and rebounding for the second straight year.  In 28 games this season, he averaged 17.5 points and 8.4 rebounds per game.  He was 201-of-347 from the field, recording a field goal percentage of 57.9 percent.  He also had 54 assists (1.9 assists per game), 20 blocks (0.7 blocks per game) and 20 steals (0.7 steals per game).

According to the DakStats-NAIA statistical website as of Tuesday, Kilgore ranks 27th in the nation in defensive rebounds per game (6.3).  He is also 27th in the NAIA Division II in field goal percentage (57.9).  He is 34th in the nation in total rebounds per game (8.4).

Kilgore averaged 18.6 points (fourth-best in the conference) and 8.6 rebounds (second-best in the NSAA) per game during 16 North Star conference games in 2016-17 season.  He was second in the North Star in field goal percentage of 58.6 percent (119-of-203 field goals) in conference games.

Kilgore surpassed his 1,000 career point milestone at Dakota State during their 56-52 victory at Viterbo (Wis.) on Feb. 23 during the quarterfinal round of the NSAA Postseason Tournament.  In 61 career games, he finished with 1,014 points (16.6 points career average).

Kilgore is ninth in the Trojan Men's Basketball record book for most career rebounds with 513.  He is also fifth in the record book with 46 career blocks.  He is listed as the fifth-best career field goal percentage in the school record book, converting 414 field goals in 714 attempts (58.0 percent).

Kyle is the son of Eric and Pam Kilgore of Adrian, Minn.  He is a senior Physical Education major at Dakota State University.

Heiser – 6-footer guard – started in all 32 games for the Trojans in 2016-17.  He finished the season with 14.4 points and 3.9 rebounds per game.  He led the team in both assists and steals categories, where he averaged 4.4 assists and 1.8 steals per game.

Heiser was 158-of-349 from the field (45.3 percent) for DSU.  He also drained a total of 89 3-pointers – which was the third most 3-pointers made in a single season in Trojan men's basketball record book – in 223 attempts (39.9 percent).  He was 55-of-73 from the free-throw line (75.3 percent).

Heiser averaged 15.0 points per game during 16 North Star conference games this season for the Trojans, which was the 10th best in the conference.  He was also second in the NSAA conference in both assists and steals – 4.3 assists and 1.7 steals per game. 

According to the DakStats-NAIA statistical website, Heiser ranks 17th in the nation in total steals with 57.  He is also 22nd in the nation in 3-point field goals made (89), 24th in total assists (142), 32nd in 3-point field goals made per game (2.8), 32nd in assists per game (4.4) and 34th in steals per game (1.8).

Heiser finished his career with a total of 798 points (12.7 points career average), 285 assists (4.5 assists career average), 249 rebounds (4.0 rebounds career average) and 104 steals (1.7 steals career average) in 63 games at Dakota State.

He is listed in numerous categories in the Trojan Men's Basketball 'Top 10' record book.  He is fifth in both career assists (285) and career steals (104).  Heiser is also fifth in career 3-point field goals made with 152 3-pointers.  He is sixth in the record book in career 3-point field goal percentage of 39.0 percent (152-of-390 from the 3-point arc).

Heiser ranks ninth in the record book for most assists (142) and steals (57) in a single season at DSU. 

He broke the DSU school record for most 3-pointers made in a single game at Waldorf (Iowa), draining a total of 11 3-pointers on Feb. 3.

Tanner is the son of Ron and Pam Heiser of Watertown, S.D.  He is a senior Professional Accountancy major at Dakota State University.

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

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