DES MOINES, Iowa - The Dakota State University men's basketball team trailed 15 points in the early second-half Tuesday night at AIB Activities Center. The Trojans regained their lead in closing seconds to complete a 59-57 comeback win over AIB (Iowa) for DSU's best start since 1966-67 season.
Dakota State, receiving votes to the first regular-season edition of the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 poll, won their fifth straight game to raise their overall record to 6-1 (the 1966-67 Trojan men's basketball season started with a 9-1 overall record). AIB, member of the Midwest Collegiate Conference (MCC), remained winless in nine games (0-9).
The Trojans opened with a 5-2 lead with eighteen minutes and 47 seconds left in the first-half. The Eagles scored 10 straight points in the next four-and-half minutes to earn a 12-5 lead.
With the score at 26-20 with 4:17 left before halftime, AIB closed the first-half with a 10-2 run to earn a fourteen-point halftime lead (36-22).
The Eagles shot 52.9 percent (18-for-34) in the first twenty minutes of the game. DSU was held to 37 percent (10-for-27).
AIB opened the second half with the biggest lead of the game at 37-22 with 19:32 left.
While the Eagles' lead at 47-36 with 12:44 remaining, the Trojans roared back with a 20-9 run to tie the game at 56-56 with 2:24 remaining.
AIB's Tre Brown made one of two free-throws to give Eagles a 57-56 lead with 36 seconds remaining.
Dakota State regained their lead at 58-57 by Terrell Newton's jumper shot with 18 seconds left.
After a turnover committed by the Eagles in the next possession, John Lamb added a free-throw with two seconds remaining to secure the victory for the Trojans.
DSU was 12-for-28 from the field (42.9 percent) in the second-half. AIB was held to 33.3 percent from the field (8-for-24).
The Trojans took advantage at the free-throw line in the game's final twenty minutes. DSU made 11 free-throws in 14 attempts (78.6 percent) compared to the Eagles' 5-for-11 (45.5 percent).
Dakota State outscored the Eagles 37-21 in the second-half.
Four players scored in double digits for Dakota State. Cameron Krump poured in a game-high 16 points on his 6-for-8 shooting from the field. Yusuf Vinson added 13 points. Newton scored 12 points off the bench. Luke Lamb had 10 points.
Vinson, Marcus Smith and Newton each pulled down seven rebounds for the Trojans. Keith Lee II recorded two blocked shots and three steals.
Newton dished out four assists for DSU. Lee II added three assists.
Brandon Eley scored 15 points for AIB. Ryley Pruismann added 12 points off the bench. Jason Cameron and Matej Culjak each had 10 points.
Brown earned eight rebounds and produced six assists for the Eagles. Eley added seven rebounds. Cameron and Eley each had two blocked shots. Cameron and Brown each recorded three steals.
AIB shot 44.8 percent overall from the field (26-for-58) compared to the Trojans' 40 percent (22-for-55). DSU was 3-for-16 from the 3-point line (18.8 percent) while the Eagles did not make a 3-pointer in seven attempts.
Dakota State went to the free-throw line 16 times, converting 12 free-throws (75 percent). AIB struggled with a 5-for-11 from the free-throw line (45.5 percent).
Both teams had 36 rebounds in the game.
DSU continues their road stretch on Saturday afternoon. The Trojans look to extend their winning streak as they visit Martin Luther (Minn.). Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. at the Luther Student Center in New Ulm, Minn.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director