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DSU men’s basketball concludes four-game home stand with an overtime thriller win over Mustangs
November 13, 2012
MADISON, S.D. – The Dakota State University men's basketball team concluded their four-game home stand Tuesday evening at DSU Fieldhouse, hosting Morningside (Iowa). The Trojans jumped to a 30-21 halftime lead, before the Mustangs rallied back to tie the game at 65-65 by the end of regulation. DSU outscored MC 11-8 in overtime to earn a 76-73 hard-fought victory.
Dakota State posted back-to-back 3-1 starts to open the season for the first time in more than 15 years. Morningside, receiving votes to the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Coaches' Preseason poll, dropped their overall record to 2-3. The Trojans recorded their fourth straight home victory over the Mustangs in the series meeting held at the DSU Fieldhouse.
The Trojans shot 7-for-14 from the field in the first 11 minutes and 26 seconds to earn a 16-6 lead. The Mustangs were held to 17.6 percent shooting during that span.
Morningside used a 12-4 scoring run to trim their deficit to 20-18 with 4:33 remaining before intermission.
Dakota State closed the first-half with a 10-3 scoring run to gain a nine-point lead at halftime.
The Trojans shot 44.4 percent from the field (12-for-27) compared to the Mustangs' 30 percent from the field (9-for-30).
DSU extended to their largest lead in two occasions in the early second-half – at 32-21 with 19:49 remaining and 34-23 with 19:21 left.
With the Trojans leading at 47-38 with 12:42 left in regulation, Morningside rallied with a 16-5 run to earn their first lead of the game at 54-52 with 7:24 left.
Both teams exchanged leads or tie the game in the final 7:24 of the game. Keith Lee II of Dakota State tied the game at 65-65 with a jumper shot with 53 seconds left.
Kyle Nikkel of Morningside missed two free-throws with 25 seconds left.
DSU John Lamb's shot was blocked by Ryan Strand of Morningside as time expired and extended the game into overtime.
MC outscored the Trojans 44-35 in the second-half.
John Lamb quickly nailed down a 3-pointer to give DSU a 68-65 lead with 4:54 left in overtime.
The Trojans expanded their lead to 76-71 after Luke Lamb nailed down all three free-throw attempts with 1:13 remaining.
MC cut their deficit to 76-73 with 55 seconds left. MC's Tanner Ferguson missed a 3-pointer shot when the time expired as DSU secured a thrilling overtime victory.
Luke Lamb poured in 21 points for the Trojans. He was 6-for-13 from the field, including 4-for-6 from the 3-point arc and a perfect 5-for-5 at the free-throw line. John Lamb added 16 points with his 6-for-15 shooting from the field and 4-for-10 from the 3-point line. Terrell Newton went 7-for-12 from the field for 15 points off the bench. He had two blocked shots. Yusuf Vinson scored 13 points.
Vinson pulled down eight rebounds for DSU. Newton added seven rebounds. Luke Lamb earned six boards.
John Lamb and Newton each produced six assists for the Trojans. Luke Lamb and John Lamb each stole the ball three times in the game.
Danny Rudeen scored 23 points for the Mustangs. He was 7-for-14 from the field, 2-for-5 from the 3-point line and 7-for-8 at the free-throw line. Strand added 14 points. Nikkel recorded 11 points and pulled down eight rebounds off the bench.
Tanner Ferguson had seven rebounds for MC. Trent Miller dished out five assists.
Dakota State shot 46.7 percent overall from the field (28-for-60) compared to the Mustangs 42.4 percent (28-for-66). The Trojans nailed down nine 3-pointers in 22 attempts (40.9 percent), while MC converted five 3-pointers in 18 attempts (27.8 percent).
DSU was 73.3 percent from the free-throw line (73.3 percent). Morningside was 12-for-19 at the free-throw line (63.2 percent).
The Trojans had a slight rebounding advantage over the Mustangs 38-37.
Morningside outscored the Trojans 40-24 inside the paint.
Dakota State looks to continue their best start in many years as they head on the road. The Trojans visit Trinity Bible (N.D.) on Thursday night. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. at Ray Ulmer Fieldhouse in Ellendale, N.D.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director