MADISON, S.D. - Dakota State raced to the biggest lead of the game in the first-half Friday evening over nationally-ranked Bellevue (Neb.) at DSU Fieldhouse. The Bruins rallied back to tie the game late in the second-half, but the Trojans held to upset Bellevue by the score of 61-59.
Dakota State, receiving votes to the third edition of the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Coaches' 'Top 25' national poll, raised their overall record to 9-2 (5-1 record at home). The Trojans recorded their first win over a nationally-ranked team this season. Bellevue, No. 19 in the national ranking, dropped to 7-6 overall record.
Bellevue missed their first 11 shots in the first four minutes and 25 seconds of the game to allow DSU to earn a 13-2 lead. DSU was 6-for-9 from the field (66.7 percent) in that span.
The Trojans extended their biggest lead of the game at 22-6 with 12:14 left before halftime.
DSU maintained their double-digit lead for the rest of the first-half to earn a 40-25 intermission lead.
Dakota State shot a blistering 60 percent from the field (18-for-30) in the first twenty minutes of the game. Bellevue was 9-for-30 from the field (30 percent).
DSU struggled in the early going of the second-half. The Trojans missed the first seven shots of the second-half as BU trimmed DSU's lead to 41-34 with less than 16 minutes left in the game (9-1 BU scoring run).
Dakota State made their first basket of the second-half by Yusuf Vinson with 15:27 left on the clock to give DSU a nine-point lead (43-34).
With DSU leading at 52-46 with 8:20 remaining, the Bruins went on an 8-2 scoring run to tie the game at 54-54 with 6:34 left.
DSU's Tyrone Gordon, Jr. made a jump shot inside the paint to break a 59-59 into a 61-59 lead with 26 seconds remaining.
BU Darius Robinson was fouled with 00.5 seconds left. He missed both free-throws as the Trojans held on to a two-point thrilling victory.
DSU struggled from the field in the second-half, shooting 29.2 percent (7-for-24). Bellevue shot 54.5 percent (12-for-22).
Dakota State improved to 7-0 this season while holding a lead at halftime.
John Lamb scored 14 points for the Trojans. He was 5-for-11 from the field and made four 3-pointers in the game. Cameron Krump added 13 points and pulled down five rebounds. Vinson recorded a double-double of 10 points and grabbed 11 rebounds off the bench. Luke Lamb had nine points.
Gordon, Jr. dished out a game-high five assists for the Trojans. He had seven points and stole the ball three times. Vinson had three assists. Terrell Newton recorded two blocked shots.
Darius Robinson had 15 points for the Bruins. Jamil Goodwin added 12 points. Everett Robinson had 10 points. Dominique Grant had seven points and earned eight boards. He dished out three assists.
Mike Henley recorded five blocked shots for Bellevue.
Dakota State shot 46.3 percent overall from the field (25-for-54) compared to the Bruins' 40.4 percent (21-for-52). Bellevue drained seven 3-pointers in 18 attempts (38.9 percent), while DSU went 5-for-16 from the 3-point arc (31.3 percent).
The Bruins were 10-for-13 at the free-throw line (76.9 percent). Dakota State made six free-throws in eight attempts (75 percent).
The Trojans had a slim rebounding advantage over BU. DSU had 31 rebounds compared to the BU 30 rebounds.
Bellevue committed 17 turnovers in the game, while DSU had 13 turnovers. The Trojans outscored the Bruins 18-8 in points off turnovers.
DSU outscored Bellevue 30-16 inside the paint and 14-7 in bench points.
Dakota State returns back to action next weekend. The Trojans compete in the two-day Morningside Holiday Classic against a pair of Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) at the RVSC-Allee Gym. The Trojans face Briar Cliff (Iowa) next Friday, Dec. 28. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. in Sioux City, Iowa.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director