No. 14-ranked Dakota State (S.D.) and Mount Marty (S.D.) shot well above 50 percent in the first-half in the final game of the South Dakota Basketball NAIA Classic held at the Pentagon. The Trojans held an eleven-point lead and held the Lancers to 32.3 percent second-half shooting for a 98-78 non-conference victory, ending a two-game losing skid for the Trojans.
Dakota State improved to 2-2 overall record and finished 1-1 record in the classic. The Trojans handed Mount Marty its first loss of the season, falling to 3-1 overall record.
The Trojans quickly grabbed a 6-0 early lead by three different scorers (Justin Folkers, Ian Barse and Kevin Daniels) in the first one minute and twenty-eight second of the game. The Lancers answered back with a 10-3 run to earn its first lead of the game with less than 16 minutes in the first-half.
Trailing 15-12, Dakota State went on a 39-12 scoring outburst to earn a 20-point lead at 44-24 with 7:32 remaining before intermission. During that outburst, DSU drained a total of six 3-pointers from four different players – Barse, Tanner Heiser, Nathaniel Rauen and three from Marquis Chatman.
With DSU up 54-35, the Lancers used an 11-1 scoring run to cut Trojans’ lead into single digit at 55-46 with 37 seconds left in the first-half. Chatman added a dunk to give DSU a 57-46 lead by halftime.
Dakota State shot a sizzling 61.1 percent from the field in the first twenty minutes, making 22 baskets in 36 attempts. The Trojans were 10-of-14 from the 3-piont line (71.4 percent) and 3-of-5 from the free-throws. Mount Marty was 57.1 percent first-half shooting (16-of-28), including 9-of-16 3-pointers (56.3 percent). The Lancers were 5-of-8 from the free-throw line.
The Trojans were able to maintain control for the rest of the game, holding between 8-point and 13-point leads for the majority of the second-half. The Lancers could get no closer than six points at 74-68 with 8:39 remaining.
Leading 82-73, Dakota State closed the game with a 16-5 scoring run to secure the victory. The Trojans scored the final eight points in the last 1:49 of the game.
DSU shot 46.7 percent from the field in the second-half (14-of-30) and 9-of-17 from the 3-point line (61.3 percent). MMC was held to 32.3 percent shooting in the last twenty minutes (10-of-31) and 6-of-17 from the 3-point line.
Heiser posted a double-double of 25 points and dished out 10 assists (tied for 7th most assists in a single game in the DSU men’s basketball record book) for the Trojans. He was 9-of-12 from the field and drained 5-of-7 3-pointers. Barse added 19 points on his 7-of-13 field goal shooting and 5-of-9 from the 3-point arc. Daniels scored 12 points. Chatman tallied 11 points off the bench (4-of-6 field goals and 3-of-4 3-pointers).
Folkers scored nine points for DSU. Rauen and Falcon Albers each had six points. Bobby Farquah and Brendon Boomsma each had five points.
Daniels grabbed seven rebounds for Dakota State. Farquah added six rebounds. Heier and Folkers each recorded four rebounds.
Boomsma produced six assists for the Trojans. Rauen added four assists. Barse stole the ball two times. Folkers and Farquah each recorded a blocked shot.
Patrick Ciganovic led the Lancers with 21 points (7-of-11 field goals and 5-of-6 free-throws). OJ Thok added 19 points from his 7-of-15 field goal shooting, including 5-of-7 3-pointers. Zach Telles had nine points. Zane Schumaker, Deric Denning, Jalen Hurley and Calvin Krause each scored six points off the bench.
Schumaker earned eight rebounds for MMC. Thok and Ciganovic each had five rebounds. Schumaker dished out five assists. Ciganovic had four assists.
Dakota State shot 54.5 percent overall from the field (36-of-66) compared to Mount Martin 44.1 percent (26-of-59).
A combined 34 3-pointers made in 64 attempts were recorded in the game. The Trojans set a new DSU single-game school record for most 3-pointers made with 19 (previous old record was set in 2001-02 with 18 3-pointers made). DSU was 61.3 percent from the 3-point line. MMC was 15-of-33 from the 3-point arc (45.5 percent).
The Lancers were 11-of-16 from the free-throw line (68.8 percent). The Trojans were 7-of-10 free-throws (70 percent).
DSU outrebounded MMC 36-31. The Trojans registered 29 assists in the game compared to the Lancers 16 assists.
The Trojans outscored the Lancers 28-10 inside the paint, 16-7 in points off turnovers and 28-25 bench points.
Dakota State returns back home Wednesday evening as they continue their non-conference schedule against members of the Great Plains Athletic Conference.
The Trojans host No. 21-ranked Midland (Neb.) in the early battle of NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Top 25 teams. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. at DSU Fieldhouse in Madison, S.D.