The Dakota State Men’s Basketball team will have a big game on tap as well as they host the (RV) Mayville State Comets in the DSU Fieldhouse.
It’ll be the first matchup for head coach Darren Tighe and assistant coach Dalton Kleinschmidt against their former team where they both coached from 2018-2021. The two teams have yet to meet this season and the Trojans are playing some of their best basketball. Currently sitting atop the North Star Athletic Association with a half game lead over both Dickinson State and Mayville State.
The Comets (15-4 overall, 3-1 NSAA) have had a strong season again this year under second year head coach Brandon McGruder. He is the reigning Coach of the Year in the NSAA and is coming off a 25-win season. This team is very battle tested and score the ball at a high rate on the year, but down a bit in conference play.
MSU’s high powered offense is having some shooting troubles from beyond the arc in conference. Shooting just 32.9% from deep, which ranks 3rd in four games of NSAA play.
This group is led by the reigning NSAA Player of the Year, senior Thomas Gieske. He is averaging 18.4 points per game on 64.3% from the field and 42.1% from three. Gieske is one of two players on this Comets team to score 300+ points so far this season. The other being Jamison Kramer who averages 15.9 points a game on 56.9% from the field. A very dangerous and efficient pair of scorers.
Mayville State has been slipping in some statistical areas in NSAA play compared to non-conference. Their assists are way down – goin from 19.9 on the season, to just 13.8 a game. Which in turn has piled up their turnovers. Averaging 14.5 turnovers per game in conference, which ranks sixth among NSAA teams in conference play.
The Trojans are playing some much improved basketball and have regained momentum. Every game in conference but one has seen a Trojan eclipse the 20-point mark. DSU isn’t scoring more in conference, but getting their points much more efficiently and effectively. Their field goal percentage and 3-pt percentage have both seen increases in conference play. Shooting 46% from the field and 39% from deep, compared to 43.6% FG and 34.4% 3P for the season.
Mison Coilton leads the way in scoring for DSU with 13.9 points per game this season. He is tied with MSU’s Gieske for first in scoring in conference play with 89 points. Coilton’s coming across five games and Gieske in four outings. Two other Trojans average double figures. Those being Brayden Pankonen at 10.2 points per game and Emmanuel Akpan with 10 a game.
Dakota State has been taking care of the basketball better than ever at this point in the year through five conference games. With just barely over double digit turnovers per game with 10.8 so far. The Trojans have two games in conference with six turnovers or less.
Tipoff is set for 7:30pm in the DSU Fieldhouse with pregame at 7:15pm on Jammin Country 103.