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DSU men’s basketball team struggles in loss to Beavers
January 7, 2011
MINOT, N.D. – The Trojan men's basketball played their first game of 2011 on the road Friday night. Dakota State traveled to MSU Dome for a DAC conference game versus Minot State. The Trojans struggled in a 66-51 loss to the Beavers.
Dakota State dropped their overall record to 9-6 and 1-1 in the DAC. Minot State raised their record to 7-10 and 1-2 in the conference.
The game was knotted at 17-17 with six minutes and 25 seconds left in the first-half. The Trojans were unable to score in a span of more than five minutes as the Beavers reeled off 13 straight points for a 30-17 lead.
A field goal by Bryce Snyder ended DSU's scoring drought with 43 seconds left before intermission. Minot State grabbed a 33-19 halftime lead.
The Beavers went on a 16-9 run to extend their lead to 49-28 in the early second-half. The Trojans trimmed their lead to 51-35 with 10:47 left in the game, but could not get any closer as Minot State secured the win.
Jesse Bean had 18 points for Dakota State. He was 7-for-13 from the field, including 3-for-4 from the 3-point line. Brad Martin and Jordan Snyder each scored nine points off the bench. Mike Larsen and Bryce Snyder each grabbed five rebounds. Jordan King dished out three assists.
For Minot State, Jason West scored 21 points. He was 7-for-10 from the field, including 2-for-4 from the 3-point line and 5-for-6 at the free-throw line. West dished out six assists and recorded four steals. Kal Bay had 13 points off the bench and recorded six rebounds. Jonas Pollard had 10 points. Kelvin Fraser grabbed eight rebounds. Bojan Janjic added seven rebounds.
The Beavers shot 43.8 percent (21-for-48) from the field compared to the Trojans' 37.7 percent (20-for-53).
Dakota State struggled at the free-throw line, going 4-for-12 (33.3 percent). MSU made 15 free-throws out of 20 attempts (75 percent).
Minot State outrebounded the Trojans 42-23.
It could be Dakota State's last time making a regular season trip to Minot State as both teams make their own transitions next year. The Trojans are making a move to become an independent team with the NAIA, while Minot State jumps to NCAA Division II. Minot State and Dakota State will meet for their second meeting on Feb. 5 in Madison, S.D.
Dakota State will attempt to bounce back in the winning column on Saturday night. The Trojans travel to Dickinson State for a DAC conference game. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. (CT)/6 p.m. (MT) at the Scott Gymnasium.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director