SIOUX CITY, Iowa - Dakota State overcame a slow start and rallied back in the second-half versus Morningside College in a men's basketball action Tuesday night at RVSC-Allee Gym. The Trojans fell short as the Mustangs sealed the victory down the stretch by the score of 69-62. The Mustangs ended Trojans' season-high winning streak at five games.
Dakota State dropped their overall record to 15-10. Morningside, a member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference, improved their record to 15-12. Both teams have receiving votes to the latest NAIA Division II Men's Basketball national poll.
The Trojans began the game by missing its first seven shots to give Morningside an 8-1 lead with seventeen minutes and 24 seconds left in the game.
Dakota State answered back and tied the game at 12-12 with an 11-4 run with 11:30 left before intermission.
MC regained their lead at halftime by the score of 32-25.
DSU overtook the lead from the Mustangs at 41-40 with less than 14 minutes remaining in the game.
Both teams traded leads in the next 10 minutes.
With the Trojans leading at 55-52 with 8:27 left, the Mustangs closed the game with a 17-7 run to seal the victory.
There were five ties and seven lead changes in the game.
Jesse Bean and Cameron Krump each had 14 points for Dakota State. Bean dished out five assists. Keith Biggers recorded a double-double of 13 points and pulled down 11 rebounds off the bench. Spencer Adams had 11 points. Donald Stewart recorded four assists.
For the Mustangs, Garth Hamilton went 7-for-8 from the field and converted 5-of-7 free-throws for 19 points. He had seven rebounds. Storm Throne added 14 points off the bench, including 8-for-9 from the free-throw line. Kevin Zoz had 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Danny Rudeen had 10 points. Trent Miller dished out six assists.
Morningside shot 46 percent from the field (23-for-50) compared to the Trojans' 40.3 percent (25-for-62).
MC went to the free-throw line 23 times and made 20 free-throws (87 percent). DSU struggled at the free-throw line, going 8-for-15 (53.3 percent).
The Mustangs won a slim rebounding battle over the Trojans 37-36.
Dakota State outscored Morningside 32-16 inside the paint.
DSU looks to bounce back in the winning column on Saturday night. The Trojans host another opponent from the Great Plains Athletic Conference, Midland (Neb.). Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. and Trojans' seniors will be recognized right after the completion of the women's game at DSU Fieldhouse.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director