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DSU men’s basketball wins fourth straight game
February 4, 2011
MADISON, S.D. – The Dakota State University men's basketball team returned home on Friday night. The Trojans welcomed Dickinson State in a Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC) game at the DSU Fieldhouse. The Trojans won their fourth straight game and defeated the Blue Hawks 68-49.
Dakota State lifted their overall record to 13-10 and 4-5 in the DAC conference. Dickinson State, receiving votes in the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball national poll, dropped to 13-11 and 6-4 in the conference.
Dickinson State missed their first ten shots to give the Trojans 12-3 lead with thirteen minutes and three seconds left in the first-half. The Blue Hawks answered with nine straight points to tie the game at 12-12 with 9:47 before halftime.
Dakota State scored 15 straight points to grab a 27-12 lead with less than five minutes left before intermission. The Trojans grabbed a 35-21 halftime lead.
DaSU limited the Blue Hawks to 23.1 percent (6-for-26) from the field in the first 20 minutes of the game (Dakota State shot 12-for-28 – 42.9 percent).
Dickinson State cut their deficit to 39-31 with 16:53 left in the game, but could not get any closer. The Trojans extended to their largest lead of the game at 65-43 with less than six minutes to secure the win.
Santino Clay scored a career-high 30 points for Dakota State. He shot 10-for-12 from the field, including 8-for-9 from the 3-point arc. Clay was listed as third-place tie for most 3-pointers in a game in the Trojan record book. Spencer Adams and Jesse Bean added nine points. Bryce Snyder had seven points and eight rebounds. Bean and Jordan King each dished out five assists. Jordan Snyder recorded four steals.
For Dickinson State, Matt Lee had 17 points on his 7-for-9 shooting from the field. Nate Lebsock added 13 points. Derek Pauley recorded nine points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
The Trojans shot 47.1 percent overall from the field (24-for-51) compared to the Blue Hawks' 32.1 percent (18-for-56). Dakota State was 11-for-26 from the 3-point arc (42.3 percent) opposed to Blue Hawks' 4-for-21 (19 percent).
Dickinson State suffered 23 turnovers compared to the Trojans' 17. The Blue Hawks out rebounded DaSU 44-30.
Dakota State looks to make it five straight wins on Saturday night. The Trojans will host Minot State in their final DAC regular season meeting. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 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