Men's Basketball - Sat, Jan. 12, 2013


RAPID CITY, S.D. - The Dakota State University men's basketball raced to a double-digit lead through the second-half over NCAA Division II South Dakota Mines Saturday evening at King Center.  The Hardrockers mounted a furious comeback to force overtime.  SDM outscored DSU 15-9 in overtime period to record a 75-69 victory.

Dakota State, receiving votes to the latest NAIA Division II Men's Basketball national poll, dropped their overall record to 11-5.  South Dakota Mines, which remained undefeated at home after the victory (8-0), raised their record to 13-6.  Both teams were former Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC) members.

The Trojans built a 35-25 halftime advantage.  DSU shot 51.6 percent from the field (16-for-31) in the first-half.  The Hardrockers were held to 36.4 percent shooting from the field (8-for-22).

Dakota State extended their lead to 48-32 in the first eight minutes of the second-half.  It was 58-43 following a 3-pointer by Luke Lamb at 6:15 mark.

The Hardrockers closed the second-half with a 17-2 scoring run.  The game was tied at 60-60 at the end of regulation.

South Dakota Mines scored the first five points from the line before Yusuf Vinson scored for Dakota State in extra session.  The Trojans were unable to come back in overtime as the Hardrockers secured the victory.

DSU's Tyrone Gordon, Jr. shot 13-for-21 from the field, including 1-for-4 from the 3-point line and 2-for-6 at the free-throw line to record his season-high 29 points.  He dished out four assists and recorded seven steals.    Luke Lamb and Newton each added 11 points.  Vinson had eight points.  Cameron Krump earned eight rebounds.  John Lamb had three assists and three steals.

Andrew Rebol had a double-double of 25 points and pulled down 11 rebounds for the Hardrockers.  He was 9-for-11 from the field and 7-for-10 from the free-throw line.  Konor Kulas added 18 points and earned nine boards.  Lucas Nolan had 12 points and dished out five assists.  Philip Schanilec scored 11 points off the bench.  Denis Dobkowski had five steals.

South Dakota Mines shot 48.1 percent overall from the field (25-for-52), including 17-for-30 from the field in second-half and overtime (56.7 percent).  The Trojans were 47.7 percent overall from the field (31-for-65). 

DSU struggled from the free-throw line, going 3-for-13 (23.1 percent).  SDM made 20 free-throws in 26 attempts (76.9 percent).

The Hardrockers outrebounded the Trojans 37-30.

DSU outscored South Dakota Mines 20-7 in points off turnovers.

Dakota State looks to bounce back in the winning column Sunday afternoon.  The Trojans travel to Kyle, S.D. to take on Oglala Lakota (S.D.).  Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. (Central Time)/3 p.m. (Central Time) at the Multipurpose Gym.

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

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