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Yellow Jackets defeat Trojans in overtime of Ed Harter Classic
November 12, 2011
MADISON, S.D. - Graceland (Iowa), a NAIA Division I school, played their second straight overtime game and defeated the Trojans 87-75 Saturday night at DSU Fieldhouse as part of Ed Harter Classic. The Yellow Jackets outscored the Trojans 19-7 in overtime.
Dakota State and Graceland are both 3-2 overall record after this game. It was DSU's second overtime this week (lost to No. 7 Northwestern (IA) 99-90 in double overtime on Nov. 8)
Both teams traded leads in the early first-half. With Graceland leading at 17-16 with nine minutes and 15 seconds left before halftime, the Yellow Jackets used a 12-4 run to extend their lead to 29-20 with less than five minutes remaining in the first-half.
Dakota State trimmed their deficit to four points as GU grabbed a 38-34 halftime lead.
DSU tied the game at 40-40 with 16:42 remaining in the game.
The Yellow Jackets would extend their lead to seven points (50-43) with less than 12 minutes left. The Trojans answered back and tied the game for the second time at 54-54 with eight minutes remaining.
With the score tied at 65-65, Brad Burgus hit a 3-pointer to give the Yellow Jackets a 68-65 lead with 45 seconds left in the game. DSU responded back with a 3-pointer from Yusef Gray to tie the game at 68-68 with 24 seconds left in the game.
Graceland missed two shots before the time expired as the game went into overtime.
The Yellow Jackets shot 3-for-3 from the field and converted two free-throws to open with a 10-0 run in overtime for an 81-71 lead.
DSU could get no closer than seven points (78-71 with 1:30 remaining) as the Yellow Jackets secured their second straight overtime victory (defeated Mayville State 84-79 Friday night).
Four players scored in double digits for Dakota State. Donald Stewart had 15 points. He grabbed six rebounds and dished out four assists. Gray had 13 points and recorded a game-high eight assists. Cameron Krump and Luke Lamb each added 11 points. Spencer Adams scored nine points and pulled down seven rebounds.
Burgus had 18 points for Graceland. He was 5-for-11 from the field, including 3-for-7 from the 3-point line. Burgus converted 5-of-6 free-throws. Alex Roth had a double-double of 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. He dished out five assists. Chris Henderson had six assists and seven rebounds.
Trae Patton scored 16 points off the bench for the Yellow Jackets. He was 5-for-10 from the field and 5-for-6 from the free-throw line.
Graceland shot 46.2 percent from the field (30-for-65) compared to the Trojans' 41.4 percent (29-for-70). DSU was 8-for-34 from the 3-point arc (23.5 percent), while the Yellow Jackets made nine of 24 3-point shots.
GU converted 18-of-26 free-throws (69.2 percent) and DSU was 9-for-14 at the free-throw line (64.3 percent).
The Yellow Jackets recorded 10 more rebounds than the Trojans (46-36). Both teams committed 13 turnovers.
Dakota State looks to bounce back in the winning column Tuesday night as they conclude their four-game home stand. The Trojans host their in-state rival Dakota Wesleyan in a doubleheader. The men's game takes place at 8 p.m., or approximately 25 minutes after the completion of the women's game at DSU Fieldhouse.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director