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DSU men’s basketball team wins first overtime game this season
December 30, 2010
SIOUX CITY, Iowa - The Dakota State University men's basketball team concluded their two-day Morningside Holiday Classic event Thursday night at the RVSC-Allen Gym. The Trojans faced the host-team Morningside College for the third meeting this season. DSU recorded their fourth straight win against the Mustangs in an overtime thriller, 82-78.
It was the fourth overtime game for the Trojans this season, losing the previous three overtime games. DSU bounced back from yesterday's loss to No. 6 Briar Cliff and raised their overall record to 9-5. Morningside suffered their second straight defeat and dropped to 7-10.
Dakota State opened up with a 14-8 lead with thirteen minutes and 59 seconds left in the first-half. The Trojans maintained their lead by between one- and six-points for the majority of the first-half.
A 3-pointer by Kevin Zoz with 5:37 left before intermission gave Morningside a 28-27 lead. The Mustangs held a 37-34 advantage at halftime.
Dakota State opened the second-half with an 8-0 spurt to grab a 42-37 lead with less than 18 minutes remaining in the game. The Mustangs answered back with five straight points to tie the game at 42-42 with 16:07 left in regulation.
With the tenth tie in the game at 55-all with 8:16 left, the Mustangs used an 8-3 to grab a 63-58 lead with less than six minutes to go in the game.
Dakota State tied the game for the eleventh time by Jordan King’s lay-up (68-68) with 1:32 remaining in the game.
Storm Throne nailed down two free-throws as Morningside took a 70-68 lead with 1:15 left. Spencer Adams made a jumper as DSU tied the game at 70-70 with a less than a minute left in the game.
Both teams were not able to convert their scoring opportunities in the final 58 seconds of the game and went into overtime.
Dakota State and Morningside were unable to score in the first 1:45 of overtime. Mike Larsen made a 3-pointer with 3:15 left in overtime as Dakota State took a 73-70 lead.
With MC leading 78-77 with less than a minute remaining, a lay-up by Jesse Bean gave DSU a 79-78 lead with 29 seconds left in overtime.
Dakota State secured the victory as King and Jordan Snyder converted three free-throws down the stretch.
There were 14 ties and 15 lead changes in the game.
Four players scored in double digits for Dakota State. Adams recorded a double-double of 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. He shot 8-for-12 from the field and 4-for-6 from the free-throw line. Bryce Snyder added 18 points on his 7-for-11 shooting from the field. He was perfect 4-for-4 at the free-throw line. Mike Larsen had 13 points, seven rebounds and recorded seven steals. Brad Martin scored 11 points off the bench.
For Morningside, Garth Hamilton scored 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Zoz had 17 points. He was 6-for-10 from the field, including 5-for-9 from the 3-point arc. Tyler Johnson added 11 points and recorded six rebounds. Throne had 13 points off the bench. Joel Haveman dished out six assists.
The Mustangs shot 51.8 percent (29-for-56) from the field compared to the Trojans’ 46.6 percent (27-for-58). Morningside was 12-for-24 (50 percent) from the 3-point arc while DSU was 5-for-16 (31.3 percnet).
Dakota State converted 23-of-31 (74.2 percent) free-throws compared to the Mustangs’ 8-of-14 (57.1 percent).
The Trojans had 18 steals in the game. Morningside had five steals.
DSU won the rebounding battle by a slim margin, 33-32.
Dakota State returns back to DAC conference action in North Dakota next weekend. The Trojans travel to Minot State on Friday, Jan. 8 at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, Jan. 8, DSU will visit Dickinson State for a 7 p.m. game.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director