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DSU men’s basketball falls short for an upset bid at No. 13 Jamestown 58-51
January 3, 2012
JAMESTOWN, N.D. – Dakota State maintained their lead for nearly 35 minutes of the game, but fell short in closing minutes as the nationally-ranked Jamestown rallied to defeat DSU 58-51 Tuesday evening at the Civic Center. It was the fifth nationally-ranked opponent that Dakota State had faced this season.
DSU, receiving votes to the latest NAIA Division II national poll, dropped their overall record to 9-6. Jamestown, No. 13 in the national poll, raised their record to 14-4.
All five DSU starters scored in the first three-and-half minutes to give the Trojans a 9-2 lead.
Dakota State continued to expand their lead as they grabbed a nine-point halftime lead (30-21).
DSU continued to control their lead to 11 points at (39-28) midway through the second-half.
The Jimmies used a 15-3 spurt to gain their first lead of the game at 43-42 with 5:07 left in regulation.
Both teams traded leads in the next three minutes.
With DSU leading at 51-48 with 2:03 left in the game, the Jimmies closed the game with a 10-0 run to seal the victory.
Jamestown outscored the Trojans 37-21 in the second-half.
Spencer Adams scored 11 points and earned four rebounds for the Trojans. Jesse Bean added eight points, four rebounds and two assists. Luke Lamb and Cameron Krump each had seven points and three rebounds. Keith Biggers had six points and five rebounds off the bench.
Byron Jones had 16 points for the Jimiies. He was 3-for-7 from the field and 8-for-10 from the free-throw line. Davon Thomas added 12 points and seven rebounds off the bench. Travis Burley and Drew Preiner each had 10 points. BJ Mertens had five assists. Thomas had seven rebounds.
Dakota State shot well than the Jimmies – 45.7 percent (21-for-46) to 37 percent (17-for-46).
Jamestown converted 19-of-23 free-throws (82.6 percent) while the Trojans were 7-for-14 (50 percent). The Jimmies was 16-for-18 from the free-throw line in the second-half while DSU was 1-for-3.
JC held a slim rebounding edge over the Trojans 31-30. The Trojans committed 17 turnovers compared to the Jimmies' 15.
Dakota State continues their action on the road on Saturday afternoon. The Trojans travel to Fremont, Neb. take on Midland (Neb.). Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. at Midland Events Center.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director