Trojans Lose on Day One of Marriott Classic

Northwestern ignited the game against Dakota State by hitting six straight three-pointers made and poured in 64 first-half points yesterday, rolling to a 94-61 victory over the DSU men’s basketball team on the first day of the Fairfield Inn by Marriott Classic. 

Dillon Carlson for the Red Raiders got off to a hot start, draining four straight three-pointers, helping Northwestern get out to a 21-9 lead within the first five minutes of the game. As a team, the Red Raiders hit 12 three-pointers in the first half, helping them to get out to a 64-27 lead heading into the break.

Even though DSU came out of the intermission going on an 8-0 scoring run, Northwestern was able to maintain a double-digit lead for the rest of the game, as the Trojans lost their third straight game in a 94-61 loss to the Red Raiders.

Deshawn Kelly and Ethan Damerum each tallied six points for the Trojans. Damerum dished out four assists and registered a block. Sam Muller, Kelly, Jace Kelley, and Damerum each collected four rebounds.

NWIA’s Carlson was 10-of-14 from the field, including 6-of-8 from the 3-point arc, for 27 points. He also had seven rebounds and two steals. 

Dakota State fell to 5-9 after dropping their third straight game, while Northwestern lifted their overall record to 9-4.

The Trojans close out the 2022 calendar year as they look to end their losing skid this afternoon on the second day of the tournament, when DSU takes on Haskell with a 2pm tip-off.