BROOKINGS, S.D. - Dakota State maintained lead in the first seven minutes and 31 seconds of the game Thursday evening at the Frost Arena in an exhibition game versus NCAA Division I South Dakota State. The Jackrabbits overtook the lead midway through the first-half and defeated the Trojans 83-52.
Dakota State, receiving votes in the second regular-season edition of the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball national poll, remains at 7-1 (best start since 1966-67 where the Trojans started 9-1). South Dakota State, member of the Summit League, raised their record to 7-3 and won their 22nd straight home game at the Frost Arena.
The Trojans scored the first five points of the game to give DSU a 5-0 lead.
Dakota State was 4-for-6 from the field (66.7 percent) in the first 3:04 of the game to earn a 9-4 lead. SDSU was limited to 2-for-5 from the field (40 percent).
Marcus Smith made a lay-up with 15:39 left in the first-half for DSU's biggest lead of the game at 11-5.
SDSU used a 17-1 scoring run to overtake the lead from DSU at 20-12 with less than ten minutes in the first-half.
South Dakota State's lead continued to grow to 27-14 with 7:57 remaining in the first-half. The Jackrabbits were 9-for-11 from the field during the 22-3 scoring run compared to the Trojans' 2-for-11 shooting from the field.
DSU trimmed their deficit to 30-23 after a pair of free-throws by Cameron Krump with 3:14 left before halftime.
SDSU earned a 35-25 halftime lead.
The Jackrabbits shot 53.8 percent from the field (14-for-26) in the first twenty minutes of the game, including 5-for-9 from the 3-point line. Dakota State shot 34.8 percent (8-for-23) from the field and 2-for-7 from the 3-point arc. The Trojans converted seven free-throws in eight attempts.
South Dakota State outscored the Trojans 48-27 in the second-half.
Luke Lamb scored 14 points for Dakota State. He was perfect from the 3-point line, going 4-fo-4. He added two free-throws. Yusuf Vinson added 11 points off the bench. Terrell Newton had nine points and recorded four steals. Keith Lee II dished out four assists. Lamb and Vinson each earned five rebounds.
Jordan Dykstra had a double-double of 21 points and pulled down 12 rebounds for SDSU. He was 8-for-13 from the field, including 3-for-4 from the 3-point arc and 2-for-4 from the free-throw line. Tony Fiegen added 17 points (8-for-9 FGs). Brayden Carlson and Chad White each had 10 points. Jake Bittle and Carlson each had four assists.
South Dakota State shot a sizzling 60.7 percent overall from the field (34-for-56). The Trojans were 38.3 percent from the field (18-for-47). The Jackrabbits went 7-for-16 from the 3-point arc (43.8 percent) compared to DSU 5-for-14 (35.7 percent).
The Trojans went to the free-throw line 14 times, making 11 free-throws (78.6 percent). SDSU was 8-for-13 at the free-throw line.
The Jackrabbits outrebounded DSU 38-18 in the game.
Dakota State returns back to regular-season action Saturday afternoon. The Trojans travel to the Bultman Center to take on No. 9 Northwestern (Iowa) in both teams' second meeting of the season. The Red Raiders won the first meeting 78-70 at DSU Fieldhouse on Nov. 7. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. in Orange City, Iowa.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director