After going into their game on Saturday riding a two-game winning streak, the Dakota State Men’s basketball team saw their streak come to an end despite mounting a second half comeback against Midland, losing 69-67 at home.
DSU put the first points on the board, but after getting the early lead, Midland went on a 7-0 scoring run. The Trojans were able to tie the game up at 13-13 in the first half, but the Warriors went on another big run, scoring 12 unanswered points.
The Warriors continued their strong performance in the first half, getting out to a 39-23 at the half.
Early in the second half, DSU went on a 8-1 scoring run to help bring the score back to single-digits at 43-35. Then, the Trojans finally regained the lead at 51-46 after another big 8-2 run.
Midland answered by scoring nine unanswered to regain a lead at 62-54. The two teams continued to exchange runs late in the game, but the Warriors were able to close it out in the end, despite a second-half comeback from the Trojans, to win 69-67.
The Trojans outscored the Warriors 44-30 in the second half. DSU shot 47.4 percent from the field (18-of-38 field goals) and struggled at the free-throw line by going 5-of-13 in the final twenty minutes.
Deshawn Kelly paced the Trojans with 18 points off the bench by going 7-of-14 from the field. He also pulled down eight rebounds. Ronnie Latting and Sam Muller (season-high) each added 17 points. Muller also stole the ball twice.
Ethan Damerum grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds and registered three assists while also getting three blocked shots.
Jake Orr posted a double-double of 18 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for Midland.
Midland shot 45.5 percent overall from the field (25-of-55 field goals) compared to Dakota State 43.9 percent (29-of-66 field goals). MU was 2-of-10 3-pointers, while DSU hit 4-of-27 3-pointers.
Dakota State fell to 5-7 overall record, while Midland improved to 5-9 overall record.
The Trojans conclude their three-game home stand tomorrow night at the DSU Fieldhouse, hosting Morningside with a 7pm tip-off.