After leading for most of the game, the Dickinson State Blue Hawks were able to hold off the Dakota State men’s basketball team over the weekend, as the Trojans lost at home 81-70.
The first half saw both teams battling back and forth with no lead safe in the first twenty minutes of action, as there were six different lead changes. Even with the multiple lead changes, it felt like the Blue Hawks were in control for most of the half, as they went on multiple runs of six points or more.
A strong finish to the half allowed the Trojans to trail only by three heading into the intermission, as the Blue Hawks took a 39-36 lead into the break.
Dickinson State came out of halftime grabbing the first double-digit lead for either team in the game at 52-40. The Blue Hawks were then able to answer a 9-2 run from the Trojans with a 12-2 run of their own for the biggest lead of the game at 70-55.
The Hawks were able to maintain their double-digit lead for the rest of the game as they outscored the Trojans 42-34 in the final twenty minutes of the game.
Sam Muller scored a season-high 26 points for Dakota State, and also grabbed 13 rebounds to record a double-double. Ethan Damerum also scored a season-high 17 points off the bench to go with four rebounds.
Trey Hladky led Dickinson State with 17 points.
Dickinson State shot 50.8 percent overall from the field (31-of-61 field goals) compared to Dakota State 46.9 percent (30-of-64 field goals). The Blue Hawks also outscored the Trojans 19-7 in points off turnovers and 17-6 in second chance points.
Dakota State fell to 7-10 overall record and 1-2 NSAA conference record. Dickinson State earned their second straight win to improve their overall record to 6-10 and 2-1 record in the league.
The Trojans begin their North Star’s four-game road trip, starting Friday at Mayville State with a 7:30pm tip-off followed by another contest at Presentation on Saturday at 5pm. Both games this weekend can be heard on FM 103.1 or online at AmazingMadison.com.