Earlier this week the Dakota State men’s basketball team shot a blazing 59.4 percent from the field, hitting a season-high 98 points as they continued their dominance over in-state rival Mount Marty, winning 98-66 Tuesday evening.
It was the second time in the last three meetings that the Trojans had scored 98 points over the Lancers.
The Trojans got out to a fast start, scoring 12 of the first 14 points in the game, and never trailed from there, with the closest the Lancers would get within the Trojans was eight points.
After a 17-9 run to end the first half, the Trojans led 52-36 heading into the break.
Dakota State outscored Mount Marty 46-30 in the final twenty minutes of the game, shooting 54.3 percent from the field (19-of-35 field goals) in the second half compared to the Lancers 44.4 percent (12-of-27 field goals) in route to a dominating 98-66 win against their in-state rival.
The Trojans had four players score in double digits in the game, with Deshawn Kelly pouring in a career-high 28 points off the bench for DSU. He was 11-of-14 from the field, including 5-of-8 from the 3-point line.
Manny N’tula added 17 points on his 6-of-10 field goals and 5-of-9 from the 3-point arc for the Trojans, while also adding six rebounds. Sam Muller tallied a season-high 14 points and six rebounds. Ronnie Latting scored 11 points and grabbed five rebounds for Dakota State.
Tash Lunday led the Lancers with 20 points. He was 5-of-11 from the field and converted 10-of-15 from the free-throw line. He had four rebounds and four assists.
DSU made 41 field goals in 69 tries compared to Mount Marty 43.9 percent (25-of-57 field goals). The Trojans hit 11 3-pointers in 25 attempts (44 percent), while the Lancers were 4-of-16 3-pointers (25 percent), and also outscored the Lancers 50-32 inside the paint, 16-4 in fastbreak points, and 46-26 in bench points.
Dakota State improved to 2-2 overall record while Mount Marty fell to 3-2 overall record. The Trojans earned their 17th win in the last 20 meetings with the Lancers, including wins in the last three meetings.
The Trojans stay on the road this weekend when they visit South Dakota on Saturday, November 12th with a 5pm tip-off.