The Dakota State men’s basketball team established their first winning streak of the season last night, kicking off their three-game home stand with a 68-61 victory over Manhattan Christian at DSU Fieldhouse. The Trojans also earned their first win over the Thunder in their third all-time series meeting.
Both teams opened the game up by trading multiple 5-0 scoring runs, and with neither team able to establish much of a lead. With the game tied at 29-29 in the first half, DSU was able to spark an 8-0 scoring run, grabbing a 37-29 lead with less than two-minutes to go in the first half.
The Trojans took a 39-35 lead into the half.
In the second half, the two teams continued to keep it tight and exchange runs, but with about two minutes left, the Trojans were able to grab the first double-digit lead of the game for either team at 68-58.
The Thunder weren’t able to do much in the final two-minutes, allowing the Trojans to get the 68-61 home victory over Manhattan Chrisitan.
Ronnie Latting poured in a career-high 21 points on his 9-of-12 field goals for DSU, while also grabbing eight rebounds. Sam Muller produced a double-double of 14 points and collected a season-high 14 rebounds and dished out a season-high six assists.
Ethan Slaathaug tallied a season-high 12 points off the bench for the Trojans. Deshawn Kelley added eight points (season-high) and three rebounds. Taylor Edwards scored six points and collected three rebounds.
Chris Morales contributed a career-high six assists for DSU. Latting and Manny N’tula each recorded a blocked shot.
Dakota State shot 44.4 percent overall from the field (28-of-63 field goals) and held Manhattan Christian to 33.3 percent (20-of-60 field goals). Both teams hit six 3-pointers.
DSU improved their overall record to 5-6. While Manhattan Christian fell to 5-4 overall record.
The Trojans are off until Saturday, December 17th as they continue their home stand, when they host Midland for their second meeting this season. Tip-off is set for 7pm at DSU Fieldhouse.