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Trojan men’s basketball falls short to Jimmies in DAC finale
February 19, 2011
MADISON, S.D. – The Dakota State University men's basketball team played their final ever Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC) on Saturday night against Jamestown. The Trojans built a 16-point lead in the second-half before the Jimmies mounted a furious rally to defeat DSU in the DAC finale 75-73.
Dakota State ended their regular season with their best record since 1993 with an overall record of 15-13. The Trojans finished the conference with a 6-8 record. Jamestown recorded their 20th win of the season in 28 games and finished 9-5 in the DAC. The Jimmies finished in a three-way tie for second-place in the DAC with South Dakota School of Mines and Dickinson State.
The Trojans opened the game with five straight points in the opening minute of the game. JC answered back and tied the game at 5-5 with 16:06 left in the first-half.
With DSU leading 17-11 with 10:50 left before halftime, the Trojans used a 12-4 run to expand their lead to 29-15 with 4:01 left.
Dakota State held a 34-24 halftime lead.
DSU extended to their largest lead of the game at 45-29 with 14:26 remaining in the game. With the Trojans leading at 47-36, the Jimmies stormed with a 13-2 run to tie the game at 49-49 with 9:52 left in the game.
As the Trojans led at 52-51 with 8:05 remaining on the clock, JC grab their biggest lead of the game at 65-57 with 3:34 remaining. DSU came back within one-point (71-70) with 25 seconds left in regulation.
Brandon Robbins made a three-point play to extend their lead to 74-70. DSU answered with a 3-pointer by DSU's Spencer Adams to cut their deficit to 74-73 with 11 seconds.
Jacquez Williams made 1-of-2 free-throws to give JC a two-point lead. DSU Jordan King's 3-point shot at the buzzer fell short.
Adams recorded a double-double of 28 points and pulled down 12 rebounds. He was 9-for-18 from the field and a perfect 7-for-7 from the free-throw line. Mike Larsen added 12 points and recorded four steals. Bryce Snyder scored 10 points and grabbed five rebounds. King had eight points and dished out six assists.
Byron Jones had 24 points for Jamestown. He was 7-for-14 from the field and made 7-of-9 free-throws. C.J. Peeters scored 17 points and dished out four assists. Travis Burley grabbed eight rebounds.
DSU shot 50 percent from the field (26-for-52) compared to JC's 43.1 percent (25-for-58). The Jimmies were 6-for-10 beyond the 3-point arc in the second-half compared to the Trojans' 4-for-9.
Dakota State struggled at the free-throw line, making 13-of-27 free-throws (48.1 percent). Jamestown was 15-for-23 (65.2 percent), all in the second-half.
DSU outrebounded the Jimmies 37-32.
The game marked the final home game for DSU's seniors King, Larsen and Snyder. The Trojans completed their season with an 8-4 home record this season.
Dakota State will be back in action as they compete in the DAC Postseason Tournament on Wednesday night. The pairings and teams have not yet been determined and will be announced on a later time.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director