Facing the largest deficit (20 points) with 45 seconds left before halftime, the Dakota State men’s basketball team mounted a huge second-half comeback Saturday evening to defeat Midland (Neb.) 75-69. DSU’s victory also snapped Warriors’ seven-game winning streak.
Dakota State, which received vote recognition in the third regular-season edition of the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Poll on Dec. 11, snapped their two-game losing streak to raise their overall record to 10-4. Midland, member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC), dropped their record to 11-6. MU suffered their first loss for the first time since Dec. 5 as they dropped a 65-64 contest to nationally-ranked Doane (Neb.).
Midland kicked off the game by scoring five straight points in the first three minutes and five seconds for a 5-0 lead.
The Trojans ended their scoring drought by Cameron Krump’s lay-up with 16:37 left in the first-half (Midland leads 5-2).
With the Warriors leading at 16-10 with 9:17 remaining before halftime, Midland went on a 25-11 scoring run to earn the biggest lead of the game at 41-21 with 45 seconds left in the first-half.
MU earned a 41-23 halftime lead.
The Warriors shot 46.8 percent from the field in the first-half (17-for-35) compared to the Trojans’ 11-for-34 (32.4 percent). Midland went 5-for-13 from the 3-point arc (38.5 percent). DSU did not make a 3-pointer shot in eight attempts.
The Trojans started the second-half with a 13-2 spurt to trim their deficit into single digit at 43-36 with 16:15 remaining. DSU was 5-for-6 from the field during that run.
Midland regained their double digit lead with a 6-0 scoring run for a 49-36 lead with 14:24 left.
Trailing 57-45 with 11:20 remaining, Dakota State roared with a 21-11 run to cut MU’s lead to 68-66 with 2:16 left.
Dakota State earned their first lead of the game at 69-68 by John Lamb’s 3-pointer shot with 1:21 remaining.
John Lamb added another 3-pointer with 38.6 seconds left to extend DSU’s lead to 72-68.
James Parrott made one free-throw with 14 seconds left to make it 72-69 in favor of the Trojans.
The Trojans secured the game as John Lamb made two free-throws and Tyrone Gordon, Jr. added a free-throw in the final six seconds to complete a thrilling comeback victory.
DSU outscored the Warriors 9-1 in the final 2:16. The Trojans outscored MU 52-28 in the second-half.
Dakota State shot a blistering 66.7 percent from the field (20-for-30) in the final twenty minutes of the game. The Warriors shot 40.7 percent from the field (11-for-27) in the second-half.
Four DSU players scored in double digits in the game. John Lamb scored a game-high 23 points on his 7-for-17 shooting from the field, including 5-for-12 from the 3-point arc and 4-for-4 from the free-throw line. He dished out five assists and recorded five steals. Krump recorded a double-double of 17 points and pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds (both career highs at DSU). He was 7-for-9 from the field and 3-for-5 at the free-throw line. Gordon, Jr. added 15 points and produced seven assists. Luke Lamb scored 10 points and earned six rebounds.
Parrott had 16 points and three blocks for the Warriors. Ben Imig added 13 points and had five assists. Brandon Williams scored 11 points and recorded three blocked shots. Jerome Vaughn had nine points and grabbed seven rebounds. He stole the ball three times.
Dakota State shot 48.4 percent overall from the field (31-for-64) compared to MU 45.2 percent (28-for-62). The Warriors drained seven 3-pointers in 21 attempts (33.3 percent). The Trojans were 5-for-17 beyond the 3-point line (29.4 percent), with all five 3-pointers coming in the second-half.
DSU made eight free-throws in 12 attempts (66.7 percent). Midland was 6-for-11 from the free-throw line (54.5 percent).
The Trojans outrebounded the Warriors 41-30.
Dakota State outscored Midland 20-11 in second-chance points and 20-13 in points off turnovers.
DSU improved their home record this season with a 6-1 record.
This is the third time this season that the Trojans rallied back from second-half double digits deficit (at AIB (Iowa) on Nov. 27 and at Mayville State (N.D.) on Dec. 15).
Dakota State recorded their double digits victories for the fourth straight season for the first time since 1988-94 seasons (six straight seasons).
DSU remains home on Wednesday night as they face another GPAC foe. The Trojans welcome No. 13 Dordt (Iowa). Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. at the DSU Fieldhouse.
Courtesy: Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director