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Trojans stomp Eagles 71-47 in men’s basketball action
December 30, 2011
MADISON, S.D. – The Dakota State University men's basketball team returned back to action for the first time since Dec. 19. The Trojans hosted AIB (Iowa) from Des Moines Friday night at DSU Fieldhouse. DSU held the Eagles to below 30 percent and never trailed as the Trojans cruised to a 71-47 victory.
Dakota State, receiving votes to the latest NAIA Division II Men's Basketball national poll, raised their overall record to 9-5. The Trojans sweep a season series with the Eagles (defeated AIB 75-54 on Nov. 30 in Des Moines). AIB, a member of the Midwest Collegiate Conference and their first year of men's basketball in Eagles' program history, dropped their record to 1-14.
The Trojans scored the first four points of the game from Luke Lamb and Cameron Krump. The Eagles could get no closer than one point at 4-3 with seventeen minutes and 25 seconds left in the first-half.
Dakota State went a 20-6 scoring tear to extend their lead to 24-9 with 6:10 remaining before halftime.
DSU held the Eagles to 21.6 percent shooting from the field (6-for-28) as the Trojans gained a 34-16 halftime lead. The Trojans shot 57.7 percent from the field (15-for-26) in the game's first twenty minutes.
Dakota State maintained their control in the second-half. The Trojans held their lead between 18- and 29-point. DSU had their largest lead of the game at 51-22 with 12:28 left in the game.
Four Trojans scored in double digits in the game. Spencer Adams recorded a double-double of 12 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. Donald Stewart poured in 14 points on his 6-for-9 shooting from the field. Stephen Klekas and Jordan Snyder each had 10 points.
Snyder had nine rebounds and dished out three assists for DSU. Klekas and Keith Lee each added three assists.
Matej Culjak had 11 points for the Eagles. Logan Hamm added 10 points. Brandon Eley had nine points, earned 10 rebounds and recorded five steals. He dished out three assists.
Dakota State shot 54.2 percent from the field (26-for-48) compared to the Eagles' 26.3 percent (15-for-57).
Both teams struggled from the free-throw line as the Trojans converted 13-of-25 free-throws (52 percent). AIB was 15-for-24 from the free-throw line (62.5 percent).
The Eagles outrebounded the Trojans 41-34.
DSU doubled up the Eagles for points inside the paint (36-18). The Trojans outscored AIB 20-11 in points off turnovers.
Dakota State begins their three-game on the road on Tuesday night. The Trojans travel to Jamestown, N.D. to take on their former Dakota Athletic Conference foe Jamestown. DSU will face their fifth opponent that is ranked in the NAIA's Top 25 as the Jimmies are ranked No. 13 in the latest NAIA Division II national poll. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Civic Center, or approximately 25 minutes after the completion of the women's game.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director