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Trojan men’s hoopsters rally back from 12-point deficit to defeat Saints
December 9, 2010
MADISON, S.D. – The Dakota State University men's basketball returned home at the DSU Fieldhouse on Thursday night. The Trojans fell behind by as many as 12 points late in the first-half and rallied in the second-half to defeat NCAA Division III Presentation 80-76.
Dakota State, receiving votes in the latest NAIA Men's Basketball Division II poll, won their second straight game and raised their overall record to 7-4. It was the Trojans' fourth win in the last five games. Presentation dropped their overall record to 1-4.
With Presentation leading 15-11 with eleven minutes and 53 seconds left in the first-half, the Saints went on a 14-6 run to expand their lead to 29-17 with 8:58 on the clock.
Dakota State scored 11 straight points in a span of five minutes to cut the deficit to 29-28 with less than four minutes before halftime. The Saints used a 9-4 closing run to grab a 38-32 halftime lead.
Presentation shot 10-for-14 (62.5 percent) from the 3-point range in the first-half compared to the Trojans' 0-for-7.
DSU started the second-half with a 14-6 run to tie the game at 44-44 with 16:05 left in regulation.
With the game tied at 45, the Trojans sparked a 20-8 run to give DSU the largest lead of the game at 65-52 with less than ten minutes remaining in the game.
Presentation trimmed the deficit to 74-72 with 1:29 left in the game. With DSU leading 75-72 with 51 seconds left, the Saints suffered a turnover with 24 seconds left as DSU secured the victory. Spencer Adams and Jordan King went 3-for-4 combined from the free-throw line to secure the win for the Trojans.
Adams recorded a season high double-double of 34 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Trojans. He shot 11-for-20 from the field, 2-for-6 from the 3-point range and 10-for-15 from the free-throw line. Adams had six steals and recorded two blocked shots. King added 13 points and dished out eight assists. Santino Clay had 13 points. Jordan Snyder, Terran Chapin and Kedric Johnson each scored six points off the bench.
Michael Babcock scored 21 points for the Saints. He scored 17 points (6-for-8 from the field, 5-for-7 from the 3-point line) in the first-half. Channing Coffey recorded a double-double of 17 points and earned 11 boards. Josh Muellner had 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Michael Gjernes scored 13 points. Shane Cunningham dished out six assists.
DSU shot 45.6 percent (26-for-57) from the field compared to the Saints' 43.1 percent (25-for-58). Presentation was 11-for-25 from the 3-point range (1-for-9 in the second-half).
The Trojans were 24-for-33 from the line (72.7 percent) compared to the Saints' 15-for-21 (71.4 percent).
Dakota State outscored the Saints 42-20 inside the paint.
Presentation outrebounded the Trojans 41-33. The Saints committed 21 turnovers compared to the Trojans' 15.
Dakota State will take a week off until Saturday, Dec. 18 as they host Morningside (Iowa) in a non-conference game. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. after the DSU women's game versus Briar Cliff (Iowa) at the DSU Fieldhouse. The Trojans defeated Morningside 75-57 in both teams' first meeting on Nov. 5 in the University of Sioux Falls/Famous Dave's Classic.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director