Opening up North Star Athletic Association play for the season, the DSU Basketball teams came away with a sweep over Bellevue on Saturday at the DSU Fieldhouse. In the Women’s game, the Lady T’s used a strong defensive effort to win 77-57. They held the visiting Bruins to 15 first half points and would lead 65-32 after three quarters. Dakota State would shoot 50 percent in the game and had 21 assists. Individually, Ashlyn McDonald posted a double-double (13 points and 10 rebounds), Morgan Koepsell (15), Courtney Menning (14) and Jessi Giles (12) all scored in double digits for DSU. The Lady T’s improved to 7-3 on the season, 1-0 in NSAA play.

It was a tighter game on the Men’s side. The first half saw both teams hold slight leads, with Bellevue having a 27-26 advantage at the break. With the game tied at 29’s early in the second half, the Trojans got a 6-0 run (all points scored by Ronnie Latting) to take the lead and never gave it up. The Bruins would come within one point a couple of times in the second half, especially down the stretch. Gare Ewefada sank a pair of free throws with just under 12 seconds left to give DSU the 63-60 lead, and a pair of three pointers were missed on the other end to give the Trojans their first victory of the season. Latting finished with 17 points, Josh McGreal had 15 and Jordan Lynn finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

On Sunday, the Trojans hosted Oak Hills and the Men cruised to an 83-53 win. DSU did not trail in the game and slowly built their lead. All 11 players who played scored at least a bucket, as Dakota State shot 53 percent from the floor. McGreal had a game-high 27 points and Latting added 12. With the two victories on the weekend, DSU men improved to 2-3 on the year.