Trojans Drop Second Straight Road Game
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Waldorf’s free throw and three point shooting against the Dakota State Men’s Basketball team on Saturday proved to be the difference as the Trojans were handed a second consecutive loss, losing 89-79.

DSU got out to the early 7-0 lead in the opening minutes of the game, with Sam Muller getting on the board first with a three-pointer. The Warriors then answered with a seven point run of their own to tie it at 7-7.

With the game tied at 12-12, Waldorf ignited a 9-2 run to get a 21-14 lead midway through the first half. The Warriors ended the half on an eight point run to give them a 41-29 lead at the break.

The Warriors extended their lead to 54-36 before the Trojans started an 11-0 run to cut into the lead at 54-47. Waldorf, however, maintained control for the final ten minutes of action, as DSU could get no closer than within six points. 

DSU was within six heading into the final minute, but Waldorf closed out the game with Noah Miller hitting all eight of his free-throw attempts in the final sixty seconds as the Warriors went on to win 89-79.

Miller finished 11-11 from the free-throw line, and Waldorf as a team went 19-25. The Warriors were also able to take advantage of three-point shooting, with half of their made field goals coming from beyond the arc, going 14-30 from deep. 

Four Trojan players scored in the double-digits, paced by Ronnie Latting with 17 points. He nearly recorded a double-double as he pulled down nine rebounds. Chris Morales added 13 points and two assists.

Muller tallied 11 points and seven rebounds for Dakota State. Josh Holloway added 10 points and four rebounds. Gavyn Strand had eight points. 

Off the bench for DSU, Ben Hoverson scored seven points and Ethan Damerum had seven rebounds, four points, and four assists. 

Khyle Washington had a game-high 26 points and produced a double-double of 10 assists for Waldorf. Miller added 22 points, including a perfect 11-of-11 from the free-throw line. 

Dakota State shot 47.1 percent overall from the field (32-of-68 field goals) compared to Waldorf 45.2 percent (28-of-62 field goals).

The Trojans outrebounded the Warriors 35-27, and outscored WU 38-28 inside the paint, 21-9 in second chance points, and 24-19 in bench points.

The loss was DSU’s second straight, as they fell to an 8-13 overall record, while Waldorf improved to 6-13 overall record. Both teams wrapped up their first half portion of the league schedule with a 2-5 record.

The two teams meet again Friday evening as the Trojans begin their four-game North Star home stand at 7:30pm from the DSU Fieldhouse. Trojan games can be heard on FM 103.1 or online at AmazingMadison.com.