In a game where the Dakota State men’s basketball team was outrebounded by the Dakota Wesleyan Tigers, the Trojans lost their tenth straight match against DWU, losing 74-62 at the DSU Fieldhouse.
DWU kept DSU scoreless in the first four minutes of the game, rolling to an 8-0 lead early. The Trojans ended their scoring drought with a basket by Deshawn Kelly, trailing 8-2 with 15:59 to go in the first half.
DSU continued their scoring run, using an 8-2 run to cut DWU’s lead to 10-8. Later in the half, Dakota State went on a 6-0 scoring run, capped by a monstrous dunk to earn a 29-23 lead. The Tigers answered with a 7-0 scoring run of their own, to regain their lead to 30-29.
The Tigers took a 35-31 lead into the half.
The two teams traded runs early in the second half, but after the two teams were tied at 52-52, DWU fueled an 11-0 outburst to earn the first double digit lead of the game at 63-52. The Tigers maintained control for the rest of the game, where the Trojans could get no closer than seven points on two different occasions
The Tigers outscored the Trojans 39-31 in the final twenty minutes of the game, and shot 57.7 percent (15-of-26 field goals) and held DSU to 37.5 percent (12-of-32 field goals) en route to a 74-62 victory over the Trojans.
The Trojans were also outrebounded by the Tigers 42-31, and the Tigers took advantage, outscoring the Trojans in second chance points as well 16-6.
Ronnie Latting paced the Trojans with 14 points off the bench on his 6-of-7 field goals. He also grabbed five rebounds. Kelly added 11 points and four rebounds. Manny N’tula tallied 10 points and four rebounds.
Koln Oppold led the Tigers with a game-high 21 points on his 8-of-11 field goals and 4-of-5 free-throws. He also had seven rebounds and four assists. Blaze Lubbers posted a double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds.
Dakota Wesleyan shot 46.8 percent overall from the field (29-of-62 field goals) compared to Dakota State 43.3 percent (26-of-60 field goals). The Tigers shot 7-of-28 from the 3-point line, while the Trojans were 4-of-17 3-pointers.
Both teams now share a 3-5 record, and the Trojans will be looking to return to the win column on Saturday, December 3rd when they travel to play Bellevue at 5pm. The game can also be heard on FM 103.1 or online at AmazingMadison.com.