Trojans end historic basketball season in NAIA's Elite Eight
By NICK HUNTIMER, DSU Sports Information
POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. -- The Dakota State University Trojans' amazing run was halted by Grace (Ind.) Saturday night in the 22 Annual NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Tournament Elite Eight.|
The Lancers used a strong second-half finish to defeat the Trojans 72-59.
The first 10 minutes went back and forth. With the score knotted at 16, Grace outscored DSU 11-3 and opened up a 31-22 lead.
The Trojans fought back and cut the lead down to one point, 35-34, with Yusuf Vinson scoring six points during the surge.
Vinson gave DSU its only lead early in the second half. Grace went on a 9-0 run behind the shooting of Tannan Peters, leading the Lancers to a double-digit lead.
With the season on the line, DSU made one final push and got to within four points, but the Lancers' defense took over. holding DSU to just two field goals over the final seven minutes.
Vinson and John Lamb each scored 14 points for the Trojans. Lamb made 2-of-5 three pointers. During the season, Lamb amassed 90 3-pointers, which is second for the most 3-pointers in a single season. He is tied for seventh for most career 3-pointers.
Marcus Smith added 12 points. Tyrone Gordon, Jr. had eight assists. Cameron Krump pulled down nine rebounds for DSU.
Peters and Karl Columbus each had 18 points for Grace. Greg Miller had 12 rebounds.
It was the final career collegiate basketball game for Gordon, Luke Lamb and Keith Lee II.
DSU finished the 2012-13 season with an impressive 24-10 record. DSU's 24 victories are the most wins in Trojan men's basketball.
Trojans survive nail-biter
A Gordon tip-in with 31 seconds remaining lifted DSU past St. Thomas (Fla.) 61-60 in the Sweet Sixteen round.
Trailing by one point with one minute left, DSU missed a couple of go-ahead chances before Gordon broke free underneath and tipped in the game-winner with 31 seconds on the clock. St Thomas worked the ball around but missed a pair of open shots and a last-ditch three-pointer fell short.
Neither team was able to pull away in the highly competitive first half. Down five, DSU scored 12 straight points to gain a 23-16 lead.
At 23-22, the Trojans used another 7-0 run to extend their lead to 30-22 with 2:18 before intermission. St. Thomas scored the final five points of the half and trailed 30-27 at the break.
The lead was never greater than six points by either team in the second half.
DSU's defense limited the Bobcats to no field goals in the final four minutes of the game.
Luke Lamb led the Trojans with 14 points. Cameron Krump added 11 points off the bench. Krump, Gordon and John Lamb each had five rebounds for the Trojans.
Davron Bryant scored 16 points for St. Thomas. Kevin Hincapie added 14 points. John Nunnlly grabbed seven rebounds.