Poor shooting dooms Tiger men in loss to DSU

Kris Menning from DWU.

Kris Menning

Jalen Voss from DWU.

Jalen Voss

MITCHELL, S.D. – The Dakota Wesleyan University men’s basketball team shot just 31 percent from the field – including 20 percent from long range – Wednesday night in a 73-58 nonconference loss to Dakota State University at the Corn Palace.

Neither team shot well in the first half – the Tigers shot 24 percent to Dakota State’s 30 percent – but the Trojans came out on fire in the second half, shooting 70 percent from the field while Dakota Wesleyan shot just 39 percent. Dakota State finished the night with nine 3-pointers to the Tigers’ four.

Dakota State, which is 13-5 and receiving votes in the NAIA, hit two threes to spark a 9-0 run to start the game Wednesday. Jalen Voss scored six points for the Tigers, Carde Pennington added a layup and Danny Maman hit a three to tie the game at 11 with 12:59 left in the half. The lead exchanged hands several times, and the Tigers took a 22-21 lead on a 3-pointer by Pennington with 1:56 left in the half. A pair of free throws by Kris Menning put DWU up 24-21, and that’s where the score would stay at halftime.

Dakota State went on a 9-0 run to start the second half and grab a 30-24 lead, and a three by Luke Lamb made it a seven-point game, but Menning hit a three and Aireus Stephenson converted a three-point play to make it a one-point game, 33-32, with 14:49 left to play.

The Tigers made it a one-point game once more at 37-36, but the Trojans hit two buckets followed by four straight 3-pointers as part of a 17-3 run that ended with a 54-39 DSU lead with 7:27 left in the game. John Lamb hit two long-range shots and Luke Lamb hit two more in that stretch for the Trojans. A three by John Lamb made it a 22-point game, 63-41, with 5:03 left, and the Trojans maintained that lead the rest of the way.

After scoring the first six points of the game for DWU, Voss finished with 12 points for the Tigers – 10 of which came in the first half. He had a double-double at halftime, and also ended up with 15 rebounds. Menning was the only other player in double digits for DWU with 19 points and eight rebounds. Dakota Wesleyan went 16-for-21 from the line and had 43 rebounds and 19 turnovers.

John Lamb went 10-for-18 from the field – including 6-for-13 from long range – and finished with a game-high 28 points for Dakota State. Monty Gordon and Luke Lamb each added 13 points and Luke Lamb also had nine rebounds and six assists. The Trojans went 8-for-18 from the line and had 39 rebounds and 17 turnovers.

Dakota Wesleyan is back at home Sunday, Jan. 20, when it hosts Concordia University in a Great Plains Athletic Conference game at 4 p.m.