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DSU men's basketball drops fourth straight game
January 15, 2011
MADISON, S.D. - The Dakota State University men's basketball continued their DAC conference action at the DSU Fieldhouse on Saturday night. The Trojans welcomed nationally-ranked Black Hills State. The Yellow Jackets raced to a 44-28 halftime lead and defeated the Trojans 81-63.
Dakota State dropped their fourth straight game and dipped their overall record to 9-9 and 1-4 in the DAC. Black Hills State, No. 6 in the latest NAIA Division II Men's Basketball national poll, raised their record to 16-3 and undefeated in five conference games. The Yellow Jackets won their fifth straight game.
BHSU and DSU traded leads in the early going in the first-half. With the game tied at 20-20 with 8:08 left in the first-half, the Yellow Jackets used a 24-8 closing run to grab a 16-point lead at intermission.
Black Hills State kept their lead between 14- and 22-points in the final 20 minutes of the game to secure the victory.
Jesse Bean scored 15 points, all in the first-half, for Dakota State. Santino Clay added 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Bryce Snyder had 12 points and recorded seven boards. Mike Larsen had six rebounds and four assists.
Five players scored in double digits for Black Hills State. Clay Pottorff had 16 points. He was 5-for-8 from the field, including 4-for-6 from the 3-point arc. Craig Von Allman added 15 points off the bench. Will John Johnson was 8-for-11 from the free-throw line and scored 14 points. Luke Enos and Cain Atkinson each had 11 points. Atkinson dished out six assists.
Black Hills State shot 51.8 percent (29-for-56) from the field compared to the Trojans' 36.8 percent (25-for-68). BHSU was 15-for-24 (62.5 percent) from the free-throw line compared to the Trojans' 7-for-14 (50 percent).
The Yellow Jackets won the rebounding battle 45-36.
Dakota State looks to end their losing streak as they continue their conference play next weekend. The Trojans will travel to Jamestown on Friday. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m. at the Civic Center in Jamestown, N.D.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director