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Trojan men’s hoopsters defeat Minot State for fifth straight win
February 5, 2011
MADISON, S.D. – The Dakota State University men's basketball team hosted Minot State in their last Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC) meeting Saturday night at the DSU Fieldhouse. The Trojans outscored the Beavers 33-16 in the final 20 minutes for a 65-50 victory.
Dakota State extended their longest winning streak of the season (five straight wins) and fourth straight DAC conference win. DSU lifted their overall record to 14-10 and 5-5 in the DAC. Minot State dropped their record to 11-14 and 5-6 in the conference.
Nathaniel Packineau scored the first eight Beavers' points as Minot State took an 8-2 lead with seventeen minutes and nine seconds left in the first-half.
The Trojans answered with a 16-9 run for their first lead of the game at 18-17 with 10:33 left before halftime.
Minot State took a 34-32 halftime lead.
DSU opened the second-half with 11 straight points to overtake a 43-34 lead. The Beavers answered back with an 11-2 scoring tear to tie the game at 45-45 with 9:05 left in regulation.
Dakota State outscored the Beavers 20-5 in the final nine minutes of the game.
The Trojans held Minot State to 16 points in the second-half (6-for-28 – 21.4 percent).
Bryce Snyder recorded a double-double of 18 points and grabbed 15 rebounds (7 offensive and 8 defensive) for the Trojans. He was 8-for-14 from the field. Mike Larsen added 15 points. Santino Clay scored 13 points and recorded four steals. Jordan Snyder had six points and eight rebounds.
For Minot State, Jason West had 15 points and six rebounds. Packineau added 10 points. Kelvin Fraser and Bojan Janjic each had seven rebounds.
Both teams struggled from the field. DSU shot 37.1 percent (23-for-63) compared to the Beavers' 36.4 percent (20-for-55).
Dakota State was 14-for-25 from the free-throw line (56 percent). Minot State made 7-of-10 free throws.
DSU had an edge in rebounding over the Beavers 42-39.
It was the final DAC regular season meeting for both teams. Dakota State will become an independent team with the NAIA. Minot State will make their move to NCAA Division II next season.
Dakota State will look to extend their winning streak next weekend. The Trojans will take their final DAC road trip in the Black Hills. On Friday, the Trojans will take on Black Hills State at 8:30 p.m. (Central Time)/7:30 p.m. (Mountain Time) at the Donald E. Young Gymnasium in Spearfish, S.D.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director