MADISON, S.D. - Dakota State shot 57.7 percent (15-for-26) in the second-half (after trailing by one-point at halftime) to defeat Black Hills State 79-70 Friday night to kick-off their five-game home stand at DSU Fieldhouse. DSU recorded at least 11 wins for the third straight seasons for the first time since 1989 to 1994 (five straight seasons with more than 11 wins).
Dakota State raised their overall record to 11-9 and 3-2 versus former DAC members. The Trojans ended their three-game losing streak with a victory in the battle of former Dakota Athletic Conference schools. Black Hills State, a NCAA Division II member in a current transition period, dropped their record to 4-10.
DSU and BHSU went through five ties and three lead changes in the first five minutes and 40 seconds of the game.
With DSU leading at 15-14 with 12:09 on the clock in the first-half, the Trojans used a 10-0 run to extend their lead to 25-14 with less than eight minutes before intermission.
The Yellow Jackets responded back with a 19-8 first-half closing run to gain a one-point halftime lead. Brody Brisk nailed down two of three free-throw shots with four seconds left as BHSU earned a 33-32 lead.
DSU scored seven straight points to open the second-half to regain their lead at 39-34 with 18:17 remaining in the game.
BHSU rallied back and tied the game for the seventh time at 50-50 with 15:50 on the clock in the second-half.
At 54-54 with 11:56 left in the game, the Trojans used a 17-7 spurt to gain a 71-61 lead with 2:03 remaining.
Dakota State sealed the game by converting 7-of-10 free-throws in closing minutes.
DSU outscored the Yellow Jackets 47-37 in the second-half.
Four players scored in double digits for the Trojans. Luke Lamb poured in 23 points and pulled down eight rebounds. He was 7-for-10 from the field, including 3-for-4 from the 3-point arc. Jesse Bean added 16 points. Both Lamb and Bean each had three assists and converted all six free throw attempts. Spencer Adams had 14 points. Donald Stewart scored 10 points and earned seven boards. Cameron Krump and Jordan Snyder each grabbed seven rebounds off the bench. Yusef Gray dished out four assists.
Rob Johnson of Black Hills State scored a game-high 29 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and recorded three blocked shots. He was 10-for-20 from the field, including 4-for-9 from the 3-point line. Johnson was 5-for-7 from the free-throw line. Brisk added 11 points and dished out four assists. Brady Bisgaard stole the ball four times. Cameron Anderson had eight rebounds.
DSU shot 47.2 percent overall in the game (25-for-53) compared to the Yellow Jackets' 35.3 percent (24-for-68).
The Trojans went to the free-throw line 35 times and converted 25 free-throws (73.5 percent). BHSU was 16-for-22 (72.7 percent).
DSU won the rebounding battle with as the Trojans pulled down 45 rebounds, while the Yellow Jackets earned 37 rebounds.
Dakota State continues their five-game home stand Saturday evening as they host another former DAC member. The Trojans host South Dakota Mines with a tip-off starting at 6 p.m., or approximately 25 minutes after the completion of the women's game at DSU Fieldhouse.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director