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Trojans entertain Dordt (Iowa) Wednesday, travel west Friday & Saturday
January 8, 2013
THIS WEEK: Dakota State (10-4 overall record) is scheduled to play three men's basketball games this week. The Trojans welcome the nationally-ranked Dordt (Iowa) (15-3) of the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Wednesday evening. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. DSU heads west this weekend for a pair of games. The Trojans visit Oglala Lakota (S.D.) on Friday night in Kyle, S.D. Tip-off from the Multipurpose Gym is set for 8 p.m. (Central Time)/7 p.m. (Mountain Time). On Saturday, DSU visits their former Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC) foe South Dakota Mines, a member of NCAA Division II Independent. The game is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. (CT)/5 p.m. (MT) at the King Center in Rapid City, S.D.
KRUMP EARNS A.I.I. MALE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: The Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) has selected DSU's Cameron Krump as its Male Athlete of the Week. Krump, a Tri-Valley High School standout from Colton, S.D., recorded career highs of 17 points and 14 rebounds in Trojans' 75-69 come-from-behind victory over Midland (Neb.) on Jan. 5 at DSU Fieldhouse. He was 7-for-9 from the field and made three free-throws in five attempts. Cameron is the son of Wayne and Kerri Krump. He is a junior Exercise Science major at Dakota State University.
DOUBLE DIGITS WINS: Dakota State recorded their 10th victory after a 75-69 win over Midland on Jan. 5. As a result, it was the fourth straight season that the Trojans recorded double digits victories for the first time since 1988-94 seasons (six straight seasons). The last time Dakota State had three consecutive winning seasons was from 1990-1993 seasons (four straight seasons). Dakota State had recorded back-to-back winning seasons with a 15-14 overall record in 2010-11 and 18-13 record in 2011-12.
HOME COOKING: The Trojans are 6-1 at home this season after a thrilling comeback victory over Midland on Jan. 5. DSU's only setback was to nationally-ranked Northwestern (Iowa) on Nov. 7 by the score of 78-70. Dakota State had defeated Oglala Lakota (S.D.), Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.), Morningside (Iowa), Presentation (S.D.), No. 19 Bellevue (Neb.) and Midland (Neb.) at DSU Fieldhouse. The Trojans' remaining home games are Dordt (Iowa) on Jan. 9, Valley City State (N.D.) on Jan. 24, Trinity Bible (N.D.) on Jan. 26, Jamestown (N.D.) on Feb. 2 and Mayville State (N.D.) on Feb. 6.
LAST MEETING: Dordt won the last meeting with Dakota State at the DeWitt Gymnasium on Jan. 11, 2012. The Defenders, No. 2 in the NAIA national poll that time, went on to build a double-digit lead in the second-half before the Trojans mounted a late rally. DSU missed its final shot of the game at the buzzer as Dordt held on a 73-71 victory. In the last meeting held at the DSU Fieldhouse on Nov. 9, 2010, Dakota State drained 10 3-pointers in the game and defeated the Defenders by the score of 89-72. Dakota State broke several team records in 130-47 victory over Oglala Lakota (S.D.) on Nov. 1, 2012 at DSU Fieldhouse in both teams' first-ever meeting. The Trojans set a new school record for most points in a game (previous old record of 123 points) and largest margin of victory with 83 points (previous old margin record was 57 points). Dakota State swept South Dakota Mines last season, recording an 85-69 home victory on Jan. 21, 2012 at DSU Fieldhouse and 79-74 victory at the King Center in Rapid City, S.D. on Feb. 18, 2012. It was the first time since 2004-05 season that the Trojans swept the Hardrockers in the same season.
TROJANS VS. GPAC: Dakota State had played seven games against GPAC members in 2012-13. The Trojans are 3-4 against the GPAC, defeating Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.), Morningside (Iowa) and Midland (Neb.). DSU lost to Northwestern (Iowa) twice, Briar Cliff (Iowa) and Morningside (Iowa). The Trojans will play four more games against the GPAC in 2013, including Dordt (Iowa), Dakota Wesleyan, Mount Marty (S.D.) and Midland.
DSU RECEIVES VOTES TO NATIONAL POLL: Dakota State received votes to the third-edition of the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Coaches' 'Top 25' national poll, which was released on Dec. 11. The Trojans received four votes to the national poll. Dordt is ranked No. 13. The fourth-regular season Coaches' Top 25 national poll will be announced on Jan. 8, 2013.
LAST TIME OUT: Dakota State rallied back from a 20-point deficit for a 75-69 victory over Midland (Neb.) on Jan. 5 at DSU Fieldhouse. The Trojans snapped the Warriors' seven-game winning streak. After shooting 32.4 percent in the first-half, DSU shot a sizzling 66.7 percent and outscored Midland 52-28 in the final twenty minutes of the game. Dordt extended their winning streak to six games with a 91-79 road victory at Hastings on Jan. 2 and 79-66 home victory versus Concordia (Neb.) on Jan. 5. Valley City State defeated Oglala Lakota (S.D.) on Sunday night by the score of 92-82. South Dakota Mines defeated Arizona Christian in Phoenix by the score of 90-80 on Jan. 5. The Hardrockers returned home on Jan. 7 and upset No. 15 Valley City State (N.D.) 88-72 to remain undefeated at home this season (5-0).
DSU QUICK LEADERS: John Lamb leads the team in three different categories. He averages 14.3 points per game and shoots 40.5 percent from the field. He accumulates 42 assists (3.2 assists per game) and records 22 steals (1.7 steals per game). John Lamb ranks 11th in the nation in 3-point field goal made per game (3.2) and 30th in total 3-point field goals made (42). Yusuf Vinson averages 7.9 rebounds per game (102 total rebounds). He ranks 43rd in the nation in defensive rebounds per game (5.2) and total rebounds per game (7.8) and 49th in offensive rebounds per game (2.6). Vinson is 37th in the nation in free-throw percentage (80 percent). Terrell Newton leads the team in blocks with eight.
WATCH & LISTEN IT: Dakota State will have a free live video and audio of DSU-Dordt basketball game on Wednesday. Fans wanting to follow the action can go to the following link: http://streaming.dsu.edu/Athletics-Live. South Dakota Mines will have a paid live coverage on http://www.americaonesports.com/partner_members.asp?id=71. The links also will be available on www.dsuathletics.com in the 'Live Games' tab above the 'Upcoming Events.'
LIVE STATS/PLAY-BY-PLAY: All Dakota State home basketball games will have live stats and play-by-play. The live stats link is available on game day on www.dsuathletics.com under 'Live Games' tab above the 'Upcoming Events.'
STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Dakota State men's basketball and athletics all season long on www.dsuathletics.com. The Trojans are also on Twitter, just log onto www.twitter.com/GoDaSUAthletics. The Dakota State University Athletics group page can be found on Facebook on https://www.facebook.com/DSUTrojanAthletics.
UP NEXT: Dakota State continues their action on the road next week. The Trojans travel to the Corn Palace to visit the long-time rival Dakota Wesleyan. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. in Mitchell, S.D. On Jan. 19 and 20, DSU plays in the Tip-Off Tournament, hosted by Jamestown College (N.D.). The Trojans face host-team Jamestown in the semifinals at 7 p.m. The tournament concludes on Jan. 20. The tournament will be held at the Civic Center in Jamestown, N.D.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director