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DSU men’s basketball team suffers tough loss to Wayne State in OT thriller
November 28, 2010
WAYNE, Neb. - The Dakota State University men's basketball team returned back to regular season action Sunday afternoon. The Trojans faced a NCAA Division II school, Wayne State College of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, at Rice Auditorium. The Trojans grabbed a 38-33 halftime lead before Wayne State rallied in second-half and overtime 84-80.
Dakota State dropped their overall record to 5-4. The Trojans fell to 0-3 in overtime games this season. Wayne State concluded their non-conference schedule undefeated in four home games. The Wildcats will enter the NSIC play on Friday on the road.
The first-half featured eight ties and four lead changes between the Trojans and Wildcats. Both teams did not lead more than three points in the first 14 minutes of the first-half.
With DSU leading 30-28 with three minutes and 13 seconds before intermission, the Trojans went on an 8-3 run in a span of more than two minutes. DSU’s Mike Larsen nailed down a 3-pointer to give the Trojans their largest lead of the game at 38-31 with 1:02 left in the first-half.
Two free-throws by WSC’s Amry Shelby cut the Trojans’ lead to 38-33 at halftime.
Wayne State opened with a 5-0 run to tie the game for the ninth time at 38-38 with less than two minutes played in the second-half.
Dakota State broke their scoring drought by Larsen’s 3-pointer with 15:42 left on the clock as DSU broke up a 38-38 tie into a 41-38 lead.
DSU led 46-40 with 13:40 left in regulation. The Wildcats scored eight straight points to grab a 48-46 lead with 12:13 left in the game.
The Trojans answered back with 5-0 run for a 51-48 lead with 11:22 left on the clock.
Wayne State went on a 7-0 scoring tear to regain their lead at 55-51 with less than eight minutes in the game.
DSU went on a 9-5 run to tie the game for the 12th time at 60-60 with 4:11 left in regulation.
With the 13th tie of the game at 62-62, DSU’s Santino Clay nailed down a 3-pointer to give DSU 65-62 lead with less than two minutes left. The Wildcats answered back with a lay-up by Elijah Miller to cut the Trojans’ lead to 65-64 with 1:39 left in the game.
The Trojans extended their lead to 67-64 by Spencer Adams’ lay-up with 1:14 left on the clock.
Bryce Snyder added a free-throw to give DSU a 68-64 lead. WSC’s Shelby made a lay-up to cut their deficit to 68-66 with 38.3 seconds left.
King added two free-throws as DSU’s lead grew to 70-66 with 30 seconds left in regulation. Vontrell Seroyer made two free-throws as the Wildcats trimmed DSU’s lead to 70-68 with 23 seconds left.
DSU’s Larsen nailed down two free-throws as the Trojans extended their lead to 72-68 with less than 20 seconds left in the game. A lay-up by WSC's Derell Williams with 10 seconds left cut their deficit to 72-70.
Larsen made 1-of-2 free-throw to make it 73-70 DSU with nine seconds left in the game. WSC’s Shelby made a 3-pointer from the wing to tie the game at 73-73 with :00.4 seconds left (14th tie of the game) and forced overtime.
Wayne State started overtime with a 7-1 scoring tear to grab an 80-74 lead. The Trojans answered back with a 6-2 run to cut WSC’s lead to 82-80 with less than 45 seconds left in overtime.
DSU missed their opportunity to regain their lead as Larsen missed a 3-pointer with less than five seconds left in overtime.
Shelby nailed down two free-throws as Wayne State sealed a thrilling overtime victory.
Wayne State went 9-for-10 from the free-throw line compared to the Trojans’ 1-for-3 in overtime.
Larsen scored 27 points for the Trojans. He shot 7-for-13 from the field, including 5-for-10 from the 3-point line. Larsen went 8-for-12 at the free-throw line. He grabbed seven rebounds. Adams added 20 points. King recorded a double-double of 14 points and dished out a season-high 10 assists. Jordan Snyder grabbed nine boards (four offensive rebounds).
For Wayne State, Shelby had 25 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was 7-for-13 from the field. Shelby was perfect at the free-throw line, going 10-for-10. Jason Jensen added 15 points. Ben Tasa had 13 points. Brad Starken recorded four assists.
Dakota State shot 46.9 percent from the field (23-for-49) compared to the Wildcats’ 25-for-58 (43.1 percent) in the game.
The Trojans were 25-for-37 at the free-throw line (67.6 percent) compared to Wayne State 27-for-33 (81.8 percent).
The Wildcats outrebounded the Trojans 38-29.
Dakota State will open their final year of the Dakota Athletic Conference season on Friday night. The Trojans face their DAC’s traveling partner, Mayville State. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m. at Lewy Lee Fieldhouse in Mayville, N.D.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director