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Trojans fall short for an upset bid at No. 8 USF in overtime thriller
November 6, 2010
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Dakota State University men's basketball team faced their in-state rival University of Sioux Falls in the second day of the USF/Famous Dave's-Subway Classic Saturday. DSU raced to a 48-28 halftime lead, but the Cougars rallied for an 83-75 overtime victory at Stewart Center.
Dakota State dropped their overall record to 2-2. University of Sioux Falls, No. 8 in the NAIA Men's Basketball Division II Preseason Poll, lifted their record to 1-1.
The Trojans scored ten straight points in the first three minutes. DSU extended their lead to 17-5 with 13:32 left in the first-half.
DSU's Mike Larsen nailed down a long 3-pointer at halftime buzzer to give the Trojans' largest lead of the game at 48-28. The Trojans shot 55.2 percent (16-for-29), including 8-for-11 (72.7 percent) from the 3-point line in the first half. USF was 9-for-28 (32.1 percent).
USF opened the second-half with a 10-2 run to cut the Trojans' lead at 50-38 with 17:47 remaining in the game.
A layup by USF's Matt Malloy with 3:40 left in the game gave the Cougars' first lead of the game at 67-66 (USF went on a 29-16 run). The Cougars extended their lead to 70-66 by Eric Tisby's 3-point shot with less than three minutes to play.
A jumper by Trojan Jesse Bean trimmed USF's lead to 70-69 with 2:15 left in the game.
DSU's Brad Martin made a 3-point shot with 1:23 left in regulation as the Trojans regained their lead at 72-70.
The Trojans had the possession with 6.5 seconds remaining. DSU committed a turnover and USF's Derek Brown made a jumper shot at the buzzer to force the game in overtime.
The Cougars shot 19-for-28 from the field (67.9 percent) compared to the Trojans' 8-for-24 (33.3 percent) in the second-half.
USF outscored DSU 11-3 in overtime to secure a comeback win. The Cougars was 2-for-3 from the field and 7-for-10 at the free-throw line in overtime. DSU was 1-for-7 from the field and 1-for-2 at the free-throw line.
Bryce Snyder scored 20 points for the Trojans. He shot 8-for-9 from the field and a perfect 4-for-4 at the free-throw line. Larsen added 19 points on his 7-for-8 shooting, including 4-for-5 from the 3-point line. Martin had 15 points off the bench. He was 3-for-6 from the field and 6-for-6 at the free-throw line. Spencer Adams added 12 points.
Jordan King recorded five assists for DSU. Adams and Snyder each had six rebounds.
For USF, Malloy had 22 points. He shot 8-for-15 from the field and 6-for-8 at the free-throw line. Tisby scored 18 points off the bench. He was 6-for-12 from the field and 4-for-9 from the 3-point line. Kelly Hubbard added 15 points.
David Maxwell grabbed eight rebounds for the Cougars.
USF shot 50.8 percent from the field (30-for-59) in the game compared to the Trojans' 41.7 percent (25-for-60). DSU shot 10-for-20 from the 3-point line compared to USF's 6-for-15.
The Cougars outrebounded the Trojans 40-31.
Dakota State looks to bounce back in the winning column on Tuesday night. The Trojans will play their first home game of the season against Dordt (Iowa) as part of women's/men's doubleheader. Tip-off is slated at approximately 8 p.m. or 25 minutes after the completion of the women's game at DSU Fieldhouse.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director