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Trojan men’s basketball dominates Morningside 75-57
November 5, 2010
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The Dakota State University faced Morningside of the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) on the first day of the USF/Famous Dave's-Subway Classic Friday night at Stewart Center. Dakota State opened with an early lead and never trailed throughout the game as the Trojans defeat the Mustangs 75-57.
Dakota State lifted their overall record to 2-1. The Trojans are 1-1 against teams from the GPAC. Morningside dropped their overall record to 1-2, all against DAC conference teams (defeated SD Mines and lost to No. 6 Black Hills State).
In the opening minute of the game, Dakota State scored five straight points from a 3-pointer from Mike Larsen and a dunk by Santino Clay.
With DSU leading at 20-9 with 12:48 left in the first-half, Morningside used an 11-2 run to cut the Trojans' lead to 22-20.
DSU's Spencer Adams scored six of the next eight points as the Trojans extended their lead to 30-20.
The Trojans closed the first-half with Larsen's 3-pointer to give DSU a 48-33 halftime lead. DSU went on a 26-13 scoring tear before intermission.
In the first two minutes of the second-half, the Mustangs scored seven straight points to trim DSU's lead to 48-40.
The Trojans kept their lead from eight to 15 points during the middle of the second-half.
DSU extended to their largest lead of the game at 73-52 with less than two minutes remaining in regulation.
Larsen led the Trojans with 19 points. He shot 7-for-13 from the field. Jordan King added 16 points on his 5-for-6 shooting, including 2-for-3 from the 3-point line. He dished out six assists. Adams had 12 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Brad Martin scored nine points off the bench. Bryce Snyder had eight rebounds.
No players scored in double digits for Morningside. Kevin Zoz and Mitchell Schultze each scored nine points. Trent Miller recorded four assists.
DSU shot 63.3 percent (19-for-30) from the field in the first-half compared to the Mustangs' 37 percent (10-for-27).
The Trojans outshot Morningside 52.6 percent (30-for-57) to 33.3 percent (19-for-57) from the field.
Dakota State won the rebounding battle over Mustangs 38-29.
Dakota State will face their third opponent from the GPAC on Saturday afternoon. The Trojans face the host-team No. 8 University of Sioux Falls in the second day classic. Tip-off is slated for 4 p.m. at Stewart Center.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director