Tigers Sweep Trojans At Pentagon

DWU Men's And Women's Hoops Win During Special Event


Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) shot a blazing 58 percent from the field Saturday afternoon to earn an 88-72 non-conference victory over Dakota State (S.D.) in the early battle of the NAIA’s Top 25 nationally-ranked teams in the South Dakota-NAIA Basketball Classic at the Sanford Pentagon. After holding a six-point halftime lead, DWU outscored DSU 51-41 in the final twenty minutes to seal the victory.

Dakota State, who is ranked No. 14 in the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Preseason Top 25, fell to 1-2 overall record. Dakota Wesleyan, ranked No. 25 in the national poll, remained undefeated at 2-0.

The Trojans and Tigers went through three ties and seven lead changes in the first fifteen minutes and forty-six seconds of the game.

Leading 33-31, DWU closed the first-half by scoring four straight points to grab a 37-31 halftime lead. The Tigers shot 54.2 percent from the field (13-of-24), 4-of-9 from the 3-point line and made 7-of-10 free-throws. The Trojans shot 35.3 percent from the field (12-of-34) in the first twenty minutes, 3-of-12 from the 3-point line and 4-of-8 from the free-throw line.

Dakota Wesleyan extended their scoring run from the end of the first-half into the second-half with a 9-0 run for the first double-digit lead of the game at 42-31 with 19:25 left.

Trailing 51-41, the Trojans answered back by using a 7-1 run to cut DWU’s lead to 52-48 with 14:28 remaining. The Tigers then scored 10 straight points to regain their double-digit lead at 62-48 with 13:03 to go and never look back.

DSU could get no closer than 12 points at 64-52 with 12:20 remaining. The Tigers shot 16-of-26 from the field (61.5 percent) in the second-half compared to the Trojans’ 44.7 percent (17-of-38). DWU was 5-of-11 from the 3-point line while DSU was 1-of-10 3-pointers.

Dakota Wesleyan made 14-of-19 free-throws in the final twenty minutes compared to Dakota State 6-of-12 free-throws.

Four DSU players scored in double figures, led by Tanner Heiser with 17 points. He was 6-of-11 from the field, 3-of-7 from the 3-point line and 2-of-3 free-throws. Kevin Daniels added 16 points (6-of-12 field goals and 3-of-4 free-throws). Kyle Kilgore had 13 points (6-of-12 field goals). Ian Barse scored 10 points. Brendon Boomsma had eight points.

Heiser led the Trojans with eight rebounds. Kilgore added seven rebounds and dished out four assists. Boomsma and Heiser each registered three assists. Nathaniel Rauen and Bobby Farquah each grabbed four rebounds.

A pair of DWU players scored 20-plus points in the game, led by Jason Spicer with 25 points (8-of-13 field goals and 9-of-12 free-throws). Trae VandeBerg added 21 points (7-of-10 field goals, 4-of-7 3-pointers and 3-of-5 free-throws). Ty Hoglund had 15 points. Tate Martin and Aaron Ahmadu each had 11 points.

VandeBerg, Speicer and Collin Kramer each grabbed eight rebounds for the Tigers. Martin recorded a game-high eight assists.

Dakota Wesleyan converted 29-of-50 field goals and made nine 3-pointers in 20 attempts. Dakota State was 40.3 percent from the field (29-of-72) and 4-of-22 3-pointers (18.2 percent).

DWU made 21 free-throws in 29 tries (72.4 percent) compared to DSU 10-of-20 free-throws (50 percent).

The Tigers won the rebounding battle over the Trojans 43-29. DWU committed 18 turnovers in the game while DSU had seven turnovers.

Dakota Wesleyan outscored Dakota State 13-4 in fast-break points and 14-9 in bench points. DSU outscored DWU 46-40 inside the paint, 14-10 in points off turnovers and 16-9 in second-chance points.

Dakota State looks to end their mini-losing skid as they play on the second day of the South Dakota NAIA Basketball Classic Sunday evening. The Trojans play Mount Marty (S.D.) in the nightcap at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls.


After pushing the lead to 12 points in favor of DWU, freshman Kynedi Cheeseman (Alexandria, S.D.) made her presence known after recording 19 points off the bench for No. 3 Dakota Wesleyan University (3-0). The Tigers cruised over Dakota State University (0-3) 83-64 in the first annual South Dakota NAIA Pentagon Classic on Saturday at the Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Later in quarter, Cheeseman hit a long-range 3-pointer, giving the Tigers a 49-37 lead with 1:13 remaining the first half. The Tigers took a 50-42 lead into the locker room, shooting 53 percent from the field. In the final quarter, Cheeseman hit another 3-pointer, giving the Tigers a 71-57 lead. With 1:19 remaining the game, Ashley Bray (Anoka, Minn.) hit a shot from beyond the arc, putting the Trojans away for good.

The Tigers shot 42 percent from the field, 45 percent from the 3-point line and 77 percent from the free-throw line. DWU outrebounded DSU 43-38, while tallying 41 points off the bench, compared to 32 from the Trojans.

Ashley Bray recorded 18 points, six rebounds and five assists, while Amber Bray (Anoka, Minn.) added 12 points and six rebounds. Freshman Sarah Carr (Huron, S.D.) pitched in 11 points and six rebounds in 22 minutes of action off the bench. Cheeseman added five rebounds and was 4-of-4 from beyond the arc.

The Tigers (3-0) square off with Presentation College in the SD NAIA Pentagon Classic at 1 p.m. in the Pentagon in Sioux Falls.

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