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Ed Harter Classic set for Friday and Sunday
November 11, 2010
Dakota State will host the Ed Harter Classic on Friday and Sunday. The Trojans will play two in-state rivals from the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) in the classic. On Friday, DSU hosts Dakota Wesleyan at 7 p.m. On Sunday, the University of Sioux Falls faces the Trojans at 4 p.m. All games will be at the DSU Fieldhouse.
The classic is to honor DSU's long-time coach Ed Harter. Maurice 'Ed' Harter arrived to DSU in 1962 and coached at the institution for 28 years. During his tenure, he accumulated over 200 wins as the DSU Head Basketball Coach, including the school's first SDIC basketball championoship in 1967. That team finished the season with a 20-6 record. Although best known as the Head Basketball Coach, Ed also coached baseball, golf and football as well as served as athletic trainer and instructor of physical education during his time at Dakota State. He was inducted into the SDIC Hall of Fame in 1991 and the DSU Hall of Fame in 1995.
Dakota State is 3-2 overall record. The Trojans are currently 2-2 against the GPAC. DSU defeated Morningside 75-57 on Nov. 5 and Dordt 89-72 on Nov. 9. The Trojans suffered losses to DWU and USF.
Dakota Wesleyan, No. 20 in the NAIA Men's Basketball Division II Preseason Coaches' Poll, suffered their first loss of the season in five games last Wednesday. The Tigers lost a 79-62 decision to NCAA Division II Southwest Minnesota State. DWU opened the season with four straight wins over DAC members (Minot State, DSU, SD Mines and Black Hills State).
USF's overall record is 1-1. The Cougars lost to No. 3 Bellevue (Neb.) and defeated DSU in overtime. University of Sioux Falls is ranked No. 8 in the NAIA Men's Basketball Division II Preseason Coaches' Poll.
DWU won the first meeting from the Trojans on Oct. 30 in the DWU/Fulton State Bank Classic at the Corn Palace. The Tigers grabbed a 44-34 halftime lead before DSU trimmed their lead to 56-52 with 6:52 left in the game. DWU secured the victory with a 22-12 scoring run in the final six minutes to defeat DSU 78-64.
On Nov. 6, USF rallied from 20-point deficit to defeat DSU in overtime 83-75 in the USF/Famous Dave's-Subway Classic. The Trojans raced to a 48-28 halftime lead. USF rallied in the second-half and forced overtime. The Cougars outscored the Trojans 11-3 in overtime.
Fans can go to Dakota State University Athletics home page - www.dsuathletics.com - and click on 'America One Live Coverage' for a live video coverage. Live scoring/statistics will be available on www.dsuathletics.com.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director