THIS WEEK: Dakota State (7-1 overall record) continues their men's basketball action on the road with a pair of games this week. The Trojans play in their fourth and final exhibition game of the season Thursday night with NCAA Division I South Dakota State. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at the Frost Arena in Brookings, S.D. On Saturday, Dakota State looks to bounce back from the only regular-season loss to nationally-ranked Northwestern (Iowa). The second meeting between DSU and NWIA will be held at the Bultman Center in Orange City, Iowa with the game time starting at 4 p.m.
HISTORY ON DSU'S BEST START & WINNING STREAK: The last time Dakota State had begun their season with a 7-1 overall record was 46 years ago. The 1966-67 DSU men's basketball team (which shared the South Dakota-Iowa Conference regular-season title) started their season with a 9-1 record (loss to Westmar (Iowa) 81-78). The Trojans are currently on a six-game winning streak that started with a 68-64 victory over in-state rival Dakota Wesleyan on Nov. 10 in Madison. The most consecutive wins in Trojan men's basketball record book is eight during the 1990-91 season. DSU recorded seven straight wins two times in DSU men's basketball team history in 1991-92 and 1963-64 seasons.
BELOW 60 POINTS: During DSU's current six-game regular-season winning streak, the Trojans had held their opponents to below 60 points in the last four games. Dakota State had allowed Trinity Bible (N.D.) to 59 points on Nov. 15, Presentation (S.D.) 58 points (Nov. 20), AIB (Iowa) 57 points (Nov. 27) and Martin Luther (Iowa) 59 points (Dec. 1). The Trojans allowed an average of 61.9 points per game through eight regular-season games, which is the 16th best in the nation. Dakota State ranks seventh in the nation as they held their opponents to 38 percent shooting from the field. DSU is 12th in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage defense (27.3 percent).
TROJANS RECEIVE VOTES IN FIRST NATIONAL POLL: Dakota State received votes recognition in the first regular-season edition of the 2012-13 NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Coaches' 'Top 25' poll, released on Nov. 27 by the national office. The Trojans, which qualified for the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Tournament last year, received eight votes to the national poll. The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches' representing each of the conferences and independents. The second regular-season NAIA Coaches' Top 25 Poll will be announced on Dec. 4 at 5 p.m. (Central Time).
DSU TEAM RANKINGS: According to the NAIA-DakStats statistical website as of Tuesday, Dakota State ranks ninth in the nation in free-throw percentage (75.4 percent). The Trojans averages 18.1 assists per game, ranking them 10th in the nation. DSU is 12th in the nation in defensive rebounds per game (29.5) and scoring margin (+17.1). The Trojans averages 41.1 rebounds per game (18th in the nation) and records a total rebound margin of +5.5 (28th in the nation).
LAST TIME OUT: Dakota State went 2-0 for the week last week. The Trojans rallied back from 15-point second-half deficit to defeat AIB (Iowa) 59-57 in Des Moines, Iowa on Nov. 27. Trailing 37-22 with 19:32 left in the game, Dakota State roared back with a 34-19 scoring run to tie the game at 56-56 with 2:24 remaining. After AIB converted one free-throw in two attempts for a 57-56 lead, DSU regained their lead with Terrell Newton's jumper with 18 seconds left. John Lamb added a free-throw to secured a comeback victory for DSU. Dakota State recorded a 72-59 road victory on Dec. 1 in New Ulm, Minn. The Trojans jumped to a 34-24 halftime lead and maintained control in the second-half. John Lamb scored a season-high 26 points in the victory. Luke Lamb had a double-double of 19 points and earned 10 rebounds. Chad White hit a game-winning 3-pointer shot at the buzzer on Nov. 28 as South Dakota State survived a 71-70 victory over North Dakota at the Frost Arena. The Jackrabbits, who qualified for the NCAA Division I National Tournament last season, opened their Summit League conference play on Dec. 1 with a 78-63 victory over Omaha. Northwestern (Iowa) dropped their first Great Plains Athletic Conference game at Mount Marty (S.D.) on Nov. 28. The Red Raiders had a 11-point lead in the second-half, but the Lancers rallied back for a 56-54 victory in Yankton, S.D. NWIA bounced back with a 79-68 home victory over Nebraska Wesleyan on Dec. 1.
DSU QUICK LEADERS: Luke Lamb leads Dakota State with 16.5 points per game. He shoots 52.2 percent from the field, including a 47.2 percent from the 3-point line (29th in the nation). Luke Lamb averages 1.8 steals per game (14 steals). Yusuf Vinson ranks 24th in the nation in total rebounds per game (8.5). Terrell Newton records 33 assists this season and ranks 39th in the nation in assists per game (4.1). He ranks 16th in the nation in field goal percentage (60 percent). Cameron Krump leads the team with four blocked shots. John Lamb accumulates a total of 25 3-pointers this season, ranking him 34th in the nation.
WATCH IT: South Dakota State will be carrying live video and audio for Thursday's game between DSU and SDSU. The link is available on http://www.gojacks.com/liveEvents/liveEvents.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=15000&. The links also will be available on www.dsuathletics.com in the 'Live Games' tab above the 'Upcoming Events.'
STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Dakota State men's basketball and athletics all season long on www.dsuathletics.com. The Trojans are also on Twitter, just log onto www.twitter.com/GoDaSUAthletics. The Dakota State University Athletics group page can be found on Facebook on https://www.facebook.com/DSUTrojanAthletics.
UP NEXT: Dakota State concludes their six-game road stretch on Saturday, Dec. 15. The Trojans will play their first Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) conference game at Mayville State (N.D.). Tip-off from the Lewy Lee Fieldhouse is set for 7:30 p.m.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director