MADISON, S.D. - The Dakota State University men's basketball team outscored the nationally-ranked Dordt (Iowa) 20-0 in fast-break points Wednesday evening at DSU Fieldhouse. After trailing by eight points early in the game, the Trojans posted an 83-65 victory over the Defenders.
Dakota State, receiving votes to the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball national poll, improved their overall record to 11-4. The Trojans recorded their second win over a NAIA Division II Men's Basketball nationally-ranked team this season (defeated No. 19 Bellevue, Neb. 61-59 on Dec. 21, 2012). Dordt, No. 10 in the national poll, dropped their overall record to 15-4 - all losses on the road.
The Defenders jumped to a 13-5 lead with fourteen minutes and 23 seconds left in the first-half.
Dakota State answered back by scoring ten straight points to tie the game to regain their lead at 15-13 lead with 11:38 remaining before intermission.
At 24-23, the Trojans closed the first-half with a 16-9 scoring run to earn an eight-point halftime lead at 40-32.
DSU shot 48.5 percent from the field (17-for-35) in the first-half compared to Dordt 45.8 percent (11-for-24).
Dordt trimmed their deficit to five points at 42-37 with 19:07 left in the game. From there, the Trojans extended their lead in double digits and never trailed for the rest of the game.
Dakota State had their largest lead of the game at 82-63 with 2:53 remaining.
DSU shot 50 percent from the field in the final twenty minutes of the game (11-for-22). The Trojans converted 19 free-throws in 21 attempts (90.5 percent) in the second-half. DC struggled from the field in the second-half, shooting 11-for-28 from the field (39.3 percent). The Defenders went to the free-throw line 13 times, making nine free-throws in the second-half (76.2 percent).
Every DSU players scored in the game. Tyrone Gordon, Jr. scored a season-high 26 points for the Trojans. He was 11-for-18 from the field, 1-for-3 from the 3-point line and made all three free-throws attempts. Terrell Newton scored 15 points off the bench. He was perfect from the free-throw line, going 6-for-6. John Lamb had 10 points. Marcus Smith and Ryan McCuthcheon each added seven points off the bench.
Gordon, Jr. and Newton each had six rebounds for Dakota State.
Newton dished out four assists for DSU. Gordon Jr., Luke Lamb and John Lamb each had three assists.
Gordon, Jr. recorded four steals in the game. Newton had three steals.
Jordan Vogel and Trevor Wolterstorff each had 16 points for Dordt. Austin Katje added 14 points.
Vogel and Tyler Wolterstorff each had six rebounds.
Nathan Rindels and Shawn Keizer each dished out three assists.
Dakota State shot 49.1 percent overall (28-for-57) from the field compared to the Defenders' 42.3 percent (22-for-52).
The Trojans made 21 free-throws in 23 attempts (91.3 percent). Dordt was 16-for-21 from the free-throw line (76.2 percent).
Both teams had 32 rebounds in the game.
DSU outscored Dordt 18-5 in points off turnovers, 40-30 inside the paint and 32-13 in bench points.
The Trojans improved their home record to 7-1 this season (only loss to No. 7 Northwestern (Iowa) on Nov. 7, 2012). DSU completed their two-game home stand against members of the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) with a 2-0 record (defeated Midland, Neb. 75-69 on Jan. 5).
Dakota State heads on the road for a pair of games this weekend. The Trojans travel to Oglala Lakota (S.D.) on Friday night. Tip-off from the Multipurpose Gym is set for 8 p.m. (Central Time)/7 p.m. (Mountain Time).
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director