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Trojan men’s basketball team snap five-game losing streak
January 22, 2011
VALLEY CITY, N.D. – The Dakota State University men's basketball team traveled to W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse on Saturday night. The Trojans faced Valley City State to conclude the DAC conference's first-half schedule. The Trojans recorded a 79-70 conference victory over the Vikings.
Dakota State snapped their five-game losing streak and moved back to .500. The Trojans improved their overall record to 10-10 and 2-5 in the DAC. Valley City State lost their fifth straight game and dropped to 7-14 overall and 1-6 in the conference.
The Trojans snapped their 10-game losing streak against Valley City State. The Trojans’ last win versus the Vikings was on Dec. 17, 2005 in Madison, S.D. It was DSU’s first win in Valley City since Jan. 21, 2005.
There were eight ties and eight lead changes in the first-half. The biggest lead in the first-half was by DSU at 14-9 with thirteen minutes and 10 seconds left before intermission.
DSU Spencer Adams made a 3-pointer at the halftime’s buzzer as the Trojans grabbed a 38-37 halftime lead.
With the 14th tie in the game at 63-63 with 8:04 left in the game, DSU used a 16-7 run to secure the victory.
The Trojans outscored the Vikings 41-33 in the second-half.
Four players scored in double digits for Dakota State. Adams had 26 points. He was 8-for-17 from the field and went perfect 9-for-9 at the free-throw line. Santino Clay added 15 points. Bryce Snyder had 12 points. Jesse Bean scored 11 points. Mike Larsen, Clay, and Adams each had grabbed seven rebounds.
For Valley City State, Calvin Kraft had 18 points. Tyler Macomber had a double-double of 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Mark Klingenberg scored 11 points. Mike York and Klingenberg each had six assists.
VCSU shot better in the game, shooting 51 percent (25-for-49) from the field compared to the Trojans’ 41.9 percent (26-for-62).
Dakota State went 23-for-31 (74.2 percent) from the free-throw line, while VCSU was 15-for-21 (71.4 percent).
Valley City State suffered 14 turnovers in the game compared to the Trojans’ seven. DSU outrebounded the Vikings 36-30.
Dakota State will return back home on Wednesday night. The Trojans will start their second-half of the DAC conference schedule against their traveling partner Mayville State. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m. or 25 minutes after the completion of the women’s game at the DSU Fieldhouse.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director