MADISON, S.D. – The Dakota Wesleyan University men’s basketball team lost its second close game of the week Saturday afternoon when it lost 68-64 to in-state rival Dakota State University in Madison, S.D. Wednesday, the Tigers lost 98-94 to York College in another nonconference game.
Dakota Wesleyan (2-2) led by as many as six early against the Trojans, but Dakota State went on a 20-2 run that spanned nearly nine minutes in the first half to grab a 35-23 lead with 4:48 left in the half. The Tigers were able to cut into the lead, but the Trojans still led 39-29 at halftime.
Dakota State maintained its lead to start the second half, but the Tigers went on a 10-2 run that ended with a 3-pointer by Carde Pennington that made it a two-point game, 61-59, with 6:11 left to play. The Trojans pushed their lead back to seven, but Jalen Voss scored six points in the final three minutes of the game, including a jumper with 13 seconds left to make it 67-64, but DSU hit a single free throw to hold on for the win.
Voss finished with 17 points and 14 rebounds – his third straight double-double. Bo LaCroix had 11 points and Pennington, Danny Maman and Aireus Stephenson all had 10 points. Stephenson also had six assists. The Tigers shot 46.3 percent from the field and went 10-for-20 from the line. They had 43 rebounds.
John Lamb paced DSU with 18 points and Luke Lamb added 17. Cameron Krump had seven rebounds. The Trojans shot 39.7 percent from the field, went 11-for-20 from the line and had 37 rebounds.
DWU is on the road again Saturday when it opens Great Plains Athletic Conference play against Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. Game time is 7 p.m.