No. 18 Dakota State University opened the 2013-14 season with a 71-53 win over in-state rival Mount Marty on Wednesday night at the DSU Fieldhouse.
Four DSU players scored in double digits to help seal the victory. DSU won its fifth straight season-opener since Gary Garner's arrival as Trojan men's basketball head coach.
The Trojans scored the first four points of the game. DSU extended its lead to six in the opening half on three occasions.
Mount Marty fought back and tied the score at 21 with 6:33 left in the half.
DSU outscored the Lancers 15-9 to close the half and held a 36-30 halftime lead.
DSU made 8-of-21 field goals from the 3-point arc compared to the Lancers' 3-of-14.
DSU outscored MMC 13-4 to begin the second half as the Trojans' lead grew to 49-34 with just over 16:00 remaining in the period. The Lancers cut the deficit to 50-41 with 11:54, but that was as close as the Lancers would get.
DSU shot 41.9 percent from the field in the second half compared to MMC's 30.4. percent.
Yusuf Vinson led DSU with a double-double of 12 points and 13 rebounds. Cameron Krump added 12 points and Marcus Smith scored 11. Adam Hofer chipped in with 10 points and eight rebounds. Dylan Hale dished out five assists for the Trojans.
Tyler Payer and Bud Smith each had 20 points for Mount Marty. Smith and Patrick Ciganovic each grabbed six rebounds for the Lancers.
DSU shot 39.7 percent from the field compared to MMC's 31.5 percent. The Trojans drained 11 3-pointers out of 31 attempts while the Lancers were 7-of-25. DSU made 10 of 19 free throws compared to the Lancers' 12 of 23.
The Trojans outrebounded the Lancers 54-35.
DSU remains at home on Tuesday night as they host No. 15 Northwestern (Iowa) at 7 p.m. at the DSU Fieldhouse.