MADISON, S.D. - The Dakota State University men's basketball team continued their four-game home stand Saturday afternoon, hosting their long-time rival Dakota Wesleyan at DSU Fieldhouse. The Trojans jumped to an eight-point halftime lead and held off the Tigers' second-half rally with a 68-64 victory. It was the first home victory for DSU over DWU for the first time since Nov. 19, 2002 (where DSU defeated DWU 92-85 at DSU Fieldhouse).
Dakota State improved their overall record to 2-1 and 1-1 against members of the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC). Dakota Wesleyan dropped their second straight game to dip their record to 2-2.
The Trojans and Tigers battled through their high scoring affair in the first 10 minutes of the game. Trailing at 25-24 with eight minutes and 40 seconds left, Dakota State used a 11-0 spurt to gain a 35-25 lead with less than five minutes remaining.
DSU added two free-throws with seven seconds left before intermission after DWU head coach was assessed a technical foul. The Trojans earned a 39-31 halftime advantage.
The Trojans maintained their lead for the last twenty minutes of the game. DSU had the largest lead of the game at 56-45 with 10:46 remaining in the game.
Dakota Wesleyan trimmed their deficit to two points (61-59) with 6:11 left in the game. The Trojans widen their lead to 66-59 with 4:43 remaining and secured the victory.
John Lamb poured in 18 points for the Trojans. Luke Lamb added 17 points. Marcus Smith scored 15 points. Yusuf Vinson had seven points and earned six rebounds. Cameron Krump grabbed seven rebounds. Keith Lee II dished out three assists.
Five DWU players scored in double digits for the Tigers. Jalen Voss had a double-double of 17 points and pulled down 14 rebounds. Bo LaCroix scored 11 points off the bench. Carde Pennington, Danny Maman and Aireus Stephenson each added 10 points. Stephenson had six assists.
DWU shot 44.6 percent from the field (25-for-56) compared to the Trojans' 39.7 percent (25-for-63). DSU drained seven 3-pointers in 26 attempts (26.9 percent) while DWU was 4-for-14 from the 3-point arc (28.6 percent).
Dakota State converted 11 free-throws in 20 attempts (55 percent). DWU was 10-for-20 from the free-throw line (50 percent).
The Tigers outrebounded the Trojans 43-37 in the game.
Dakota State concludes their four-game home stand on Tuesday night. The Trojans will face their third opponent from the GPAC - Morningside College. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. at DSU Fieldhouse.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director