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Men's Basketball - Mon, Jan. 6, 2014

January 6, 2014

MADISON, S.D. – The North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) selected Dakota State's (S.D.) Dylan Hale as its first-ever men's basketball player-of-the-week, announced Monday. 

North Star Athletic Association Men's Basketball Player-of-the-Week
Dylan Hale – Dakota State (S.D.) – 6'2" – Senior – Guard – St. Paul, Minn. – Hale averaged 23.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.0 steals per game last week as Dakota State dropped a pair of losses to Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) foes.  He poured in a season-high 27 points off the bench (10-for-18 from the field and 3-for-4 from the free-throw line) in 80-72 loss to long-time rival Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) on Dec. 30.  Hale finished with 20 points in 83-65 defeat to No. 15 Midland (Neb.) on Jan. 4.  He was 4-for-8 from the 3-point line in each game. 

Recap from last week games
Dakota State – preseason NSAA conference favorite to win the title – fell to 7-9 overall record after losing a pair of games against Great Plains Athletic Conference foes last week.  The Trojans dropped 80-72 defeat to Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) on Dec. 30 and 83-65 to No. 15 Midland (Neb.) on Jan. 4.

Jamestown suffered a pair of defeats in the Briar Cliff (Iowa) Holiday Classic, falling to 5-11 overall record this season.  The Jimmies lost to Morningside (Iowa) 91-82 on Dec. 30 and host-team Briar Cliff 85-63.

Valley City State (N.D.) lost to Brandon University (Canada) on the final day of the University of Winnipeg Tournament on Dec. 30 by the score of 77-59.  The Vikings bounced back in the winning column on Jan. 4 after defeating NCAA Division III Minnesota-Morris 64-55 to improve their overall record to 4-9.

Mayville State is 6-7 on the season after losing their last game of the 2013 calendar year at No. 15 Midland.  The Warriors defeated the Comets by the score of 86-60.  Mayville State played an exhibition game at NCAA Division I North Dakota State where the Bison won 96-45.

Presentation was idle last week and did not play since Dec. 18.  The Saints are 9-4 overall record after losing an 85-53 home contest versus Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.).

Looking Ahead
Dakota State continues their challenging schedule as they face another nationally-ranked opponent on Wednesday night.  The Trojans visit No. 14 Bellevue (Neb.) with a tip-off starting at 7 p.m. in Bellevue, Neb.

Presentation returns back to action on Jan. 7 as they host Minnesota-Morris in Aberdeen, S.D. at 7:30 p.m.  The Saints head to Yankton, S.D. on Saturday to visit Mount Marty (S.D.) at 4 p.m.

Mayville State and Valley City State each will travel to Denver, Colo. this weekend.  The Comets and Vikings each will play host-team Johnson & Wales (Colo.) and Northern New Mexico, current members of the Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.).

Jamestown will kick-off their four-game home stand at the Civic Center in Jamestown, N.D. on Sunday.  The Jimmies welcome Oglala Lakota (S.D.) at 4 p.m.

            Wednesday's Game
Dakota State (S.D.) @ (14) Bellevue (Neb.) – 7 p.m.

            Friday's Games
Valley City State vs. Northern New Mexico @ Denver, Colo. – 3 p.m. (CT)/2 p.m. (MT)
            Mayville State (N.D.) @ Johnson & Wales (Colo.) – 7 p.m. (CT)/6 p.m. (MT)

            Saturday's Games
Mayville State vs. Northern New Mexico @ Denver, Colo. – 2 p.m. (CT)/1 p.m. (MT)
            Presentation (S.D.) @ Mount Marty (S.D.) – 4 p.m.
            Valley City State (N.D.) @ Johnson & Wales (Colo.) – 8 p.m. (CT)/7 p.m. (MT)

            Sunday's Game
Oglala Lakota (S.D.) @ (5) Jamestown (N.D.) – 2 p.m.

NSAA Men's Basketball Conference Standings






Presentation (S.D.)




Lost 1

Mayville State (N.D.)




Lost 1

Dakota State (S.D.)




Lost 3

Jamestown (N.D.)




Lost 3

Valley City State (N.D.)




Won 1

Nick Huntimer, North Star Athletic Association Sports Information Director