NEW ULM, Minn. -- Dakota State shot a sizzling 52 percent from the field to defeat Martin Luther 72-59 on Saturday afternoon. The Trojans recorded their sixth straight win and continue their best start since 1966-67.
Trojan John Lamb scored the first five points of the game and DSU shot 50 percent from the field to hold a 34-24 lead at halftime.
Yusuf Vinson made a layup to start the second half. The Knights used a 14-6 run to trim the deficit to 42-38, but DSU went on a 14-5 scoring run to widen their lead in double digits at 56-43.
The Trojans maintained control until the final buzzer, outscoring Martin Luther 38-35 in the second half.
Lamb poured in a game-high 26 points for the Trojans. He shot 8-for-11 from the field, including 5-for-8 from 3-point range. He converted 5 of 6 free throws and stole the ball four times.
Luke Lamb recorded a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds. He was 8-for-12 from the field and 2-for-2 at the free throw line. Cameron Krump added 10 points and three blocked shots. Vinson scored seven points, earned seven rebounds and dished out four assists. Terrell Newton added four assists.
Luke Rothe scored 21 points for the Knights. He was 8-for-16 from the field and 3-for-7 from 3-point range. Galen Holzhueter added 13 points. Josh Danell had eight points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots. Kaleb Buch scored eight points, dished out five assists and had four steals.
The Knights outrebounded the Trojans 41-37.
DSU, receiving votes in the first regular-season edition of the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Coaches' poll, raised its record to 7-1. Martin Luther, member of NCAA Division III and Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC), remained winless in four games.
DSU plays NCAA Division I South Dakota State University in an exhibition game at Frost Arena in Brookings at 7 p.m. Thursday.