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Trojans could not overcome JC’s second-half surge in men’s basketball action
January 14, 2012
MADISON, S.D. – Dakota State built a double-digit lead in the first-half over Jamestown (N.D.) Saturday evening at DSU Fieldhouse. The Jimmies outscored the Trojans 40-27 in the second-half to defeat DSU 71-61.
It was the second time this week (fifth overall this season) that Dakota State had faced an NAIA 'Top 10' team. The Trojans, receiving votes to the latest NAIA Division II Men's Basketball national poll, dipped their overall record to 10-8. JC, No. 10 in the national poll, won their fifth straight game and raised their record to 17-4.
Dakota State opened the game with a 7-0 lead in the first two minutes and 26 seconds. JC answered back with six straight points to trim DSU's lead to 7-6 with 16:38 left in the first-half.
With DSU leading at 17-12 with 9:10 left before halftime, the Trojans used an 11-4 scoring run in a span of four minutes to build a twelve-point lead (28-16).
Jamestown closed the first-half with a 15-6 run as DSU held to a 34-31 intermission lead.
Dakota State continued to maintain their lead for the first 7:23 of the second-half. JC grabbed their first lead of the game at 43-42 with 11 minutes remaining.
With Jimmies leading at 49-47 (9:02 on the clock), JC scored nine consecutive points within less than two minutes span to extend their lead to 58-47.
The Trojans were able to get no closer than five points (64-59) with 1:52 remaining. Jamestown sealed the victory with a 7-2 closing run.
Jamestown was 12-for-26 from the field (46.2 percent) and 15-for-20 from the free-throw line in the second-half. The Trojans were 10-for-23 (43.5 percent) and converted 6-of-8 free-throws.
Donald Stewart led DSU with 14 points. He had three assists. Jesse Bean added 11 points and three assists. Cameron Krump scored 10 points off the bench. Spencer Adams had six points and pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds. Yusef Gray dished out four assists off the bench.
Davon Thomas scored 16 points off the bench for the Jimmies. He was 6-for-11 from the field, including 3-for-6 from the 3-point arc. Travis Burley added 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Byron Jones had 12 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out four assists. Drew Preiner had 10 points.
JC shot 46.2 percent overall from the field (24-for-52) compared to the Trojans' 45.1 percent (23-for-51).
Jamestown went to the free-throw line 27 times and made 18 free-throws. The Trojans were 9-for-13.
The Jimmies outrebounded DSU 35-30.
JC outscored the Trojans 27-4 in points off turnovers. The Jimmies had 32 bench points compared to DSU 13.
Dakota State attempts to end their losing skid on Tuesday night as they travel to Sioux Falls, S.D. The Trojans face their in-state rival University of Sioux Falls. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. at the Stewart Center. The game can be seen live on Midco Sports Network (channel 26 or 622 for Midcontinent subscribers).
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director