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DSU men’s basketball could not stop Hardrockers’ winning streak
February 12, 2011
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The Dakota State University men's basketball team played their last Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC) regular season road game on Saturday night. The Trojans faced South Dakota School of Mines at the King Center. DSU could not stop the Hardrockers' winning streak as the Trojans suffered an 81-65 defeat.
Dakota State dropped their overall record to 14-12 and 5-7 in the DAC Conference. South Dakota School of Mines, receiving votes in the latest NAIA Division II Men's Basketball national poll, won their seventh straight game and raised their record to 17-9 and 9-3 in the conference.
Both teams shot above 50 percent from the field in the first-half. The Hardrockers were 57.1 percent (16-for-28) compared to the Trojans' 53.6 percent (15-for-28). SD Mines jumped to a 42-35 halftime lead.
In the final 20 minutes of the game, SDM outscored the Trojans 39-30. The Hardrockers went 13-for-17 from the free-throw line, while DSU was 4-for-6. SDM outscored the Trojans 39-30 in the second-half.
Mike Larsen and Bryce Snyder each scored 15 points for Dakota State. Larsen dished our five assists. Jesse Bean added 12 points and recorded three assists. Jordan King scored seven points. Spencer Adams grabbed five rebounds.
For SD Mines, Tanner Freisen had a double-double of 23 points and recorded 10 rebounds. He was 8-for-15 from the field and 4-for-7 beyond the 3-point arc. Kyle Doerr added 14 points. Caleb Shockman scored 11 points. Nathan Jacobsen dished out seven assists.
The Hardrockers shot 51.9 percent overall from the field (28-for-54) compared to the Trojans' 47.4 percent (27-for-57).
SD Mines made 13 more free-throws (19-for-25 – 76 percent) than Dakota State (6-for-13 – 46.2 percdent) in the game.
Dakota State will try to bounce back in the winning column next weekend. The Trojans will play their final DAC conference games at the DSU Fieldhouse. DSU will host Valley City State on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. or approximately 25 minutes after the completion of the women's game.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director