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Trojans fall short to No. 7 Northwestern (IA) 99-90 in two overtimes
November 8, 2011
MADISON, S.D. – Nationally-ranked Northwestern (Iowa) erased a 10-point deficit midway in the second-half and defeated Dakota State in double overtime thriller 99-90 at DSU Fieldhouse Tuesday night.
It was the first loss for Dakota State as they dropped their overall record to 2-1. Northwestern, ranked No. 7 in the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball national poll, remained undefeated in three games – all by former Dakota Athletic Conference (Valley City State and Jamestown).
The Red Raiders jumped to a 15-6 lead with 14 minutes and 49 seconds left in the first-half. The Trojans answered back with 13 straight points to regain their first lead of the game with 10:51 left before intermission.
DSU grabbed a 38-32 halftime lead.
The Trojans extended to the largest lead of the game two times at 56-46 (13:02 left in the second-half) and 58-48 (11:28 left in the second-half).
Northwestern answered back with a 15-5 run to tie the game at 63-63 with less than seven minutes in regulation.
The Red Raiders would extend their lead to 74-68 with 2:51 left in the game. The Trojans answered with a 7-0 scoring run, which Spencer Adams hit a 3-pointer to give DSU a 75-74 lead with 1:11 left in regulation.
Jon Kramer nailed down a jumper in the pain to give the Red Raiders a 76-75 lead with 23 seconds left in the game.
The Trojans had their last chance in the last play of regulation. Donald Stewart was sent to the free-throw line with less than four seconds in the game. He missed the first free-throw and made the second free-throw to tie the game at 76-76.
NWIA's Ben Miller missed a 3-pointer shot as time expired and forced into overtime.
Both teams struggled to score in the first 2:23 in overtime. Jesse Bean made two free-throws to give DSU a 78-76 lead with 2:37 left.
Northwestern and DSU traded leads until the Red Raiders built a 3-point lead with 10 seconds left in overtime for an 83-80 lead. Stewart hit a long 3-pointer as DSU tied the game at 83-83 and extended the game into second overtime.
Bean hit two free-throws in the second overtime to give Trojans an 85-83 lead with 4:15 left in second overtime.
The Red Raiders scored five straight points to regain their lead at 90-85 with less than two minutes in second overtime. Northwestern made seven consecutive free-throws down the stretch to secure the victory.
NWIA outscored DSU 16-7 in second overtime.
Bean scored 23 points for Dakota State. He shot 8-for-17 from the field and went 6-for-6 from the free-throw line. Bean dished out a game-high seven assists. Stewart added 20 points. He was 7-for-14 from the field, 2-for-5 from the 3-point line and converted 4-of-6 free-throws. Adams had 16 points and grabbed six rebounds. He recorded three steals.
Jordan Snyder pulled down 11 rebounds for the Trojans – five offensive rebounds and six defensive rebounds.
All five starters scored in double-digits for Northwestern. Kramer scored 24 points on his 7-for-12 from the field, 3-for-3 from the 3-point line and made 7-of-11 free-throws. He dished out five assists. Zack Leeper and Ben Miller each had 18 points. Stu Goslinga recorded a double-double of 11 points and grabbed 15 rebounds.
Leeper had nine rebounds for the Red Raiders.
Northwestern outrebounded the Trojans 56-45.
The Red Raiders shot 45.9 percent from the field (34-for-74) compared to the Trojans' 41.2 percent (33-for-80). Northwestern shot 50 percent from the field in second-half and overtimes (22-for-44), while DSU was 17-for-44 (38.6 percent).
NWIA recorded 12 3-pointers in 27 attempts (44.4 percent), 10-for-17 from the 3-point line in the second-half and overtimes. DSU was 8-for-22 from the 3-point line (36.4 percent).
Northwestern committed 26 turnovers compared to the Trojans' 20. DSU outscored the Red Raiders 27-10 in points off turnovers.
Dakota State looks to bounce back in the winning column as they continue their four-game home stand. DSU will be hosting its annual Ed Harter Classic this weekend. Mayville State and Graceland (Iowa) will kick off the classic at 5:30 p.m., followed by Dakota State-No. 23 Morningside in the night cap at 7:30 p.m. All games will be held at DSU Fieldhouse.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director