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Blue Hawk men rally to defeat Mayville State

MADISON, S.D. -- Casper Hesseldal gave the Dickinson State men's basketball team a fighting chance at the NAIA Division II national tournament Friday night.

The senior from Denmark had 25 points and 11 rebounds and played big during a second-half rally to help the Blue Hawks defeat Mayville State 68-60 in the play-in game of the Association of Independent Institutions tournament at Dakota State University.

"The second half was big for us," DSU head coach Ty Orton said.

DSU trailed 38-30 at halftime and fell behind 42-30 with just 2½ minutes into the second half.

From that point on, it was all DSU.

The Blue Hawks chipped away over the next 7 minutes before finally tying it at 42 on a shot by Pierce Brooks.

DSU never led until Hesseldal gave them a 49-47 lead on a bucket in the paint with 6:41 remaining. It never trailed again.

The Blue Hawks scored 30 points in the paint thanks to Hesseldal, Brooks and Matt Lee.

Lee was 6 of 10 for 12 points and 11 rebounds. Brooks added 12 points, seven rebounds and three steals off the bench.

"Those three guys played extremely well," Orton said. "We snuck out a victory with just getting it done inside."

Robbie Morey scored just three points, but took over as point guard during DSU's rally and led the charge, Orton said.

"Robbie came in and just changed the game for us," Orton said. "In the second half, Robbie changed the game with the way we ran and the way he pushed with the ball."

DSU was 16 of 29 from the free-throw line and just 2 of 13 from 3-point range.

The Comets were 9 of 35 from 3-point range -- they hit 6 of their first 10 from deep -- and shot 13 of 15 from the line.

Bryen Pyles had 16 points, Eric Shulstad added 14 and Matt Bauduin had 10 for Mayville State. Gus Kueber had nine points and 16 rebounds for the Comets, who ended their season at 13-15.

The Blue Hawks (12-18) play No. 8-ranked Jamestown College (24-5), the tournament's top seed that has defeated DSU three times already this season, at approximately 6 p.m. today.

"It's one game," Orton said. "We've got to play to the best of our ability and we know that they're going to bring it. We've got to stick to our guns and continue to attack."

MAYVILLE STATE (13-15): Gus Kueber 4-14 0-0 9, Cody Coauette 0-0 3-4 3, Brady Robbins 0-0 1-2 1, Adam Edwards 0-1 0-0 0, Bryen Pyles 4-10 6-6 16, Danny Mattson 0-0 0-0 0, Jake Reynen 0-1 0-0 0, Matt Bauduin 4-7 1-1 10, Eric Shulstad 5-13 0-0 14, Cody Aasness 1-9 0-0 3, Dexter Elliott 1-1 2-2 4. Totals 19-56 13-15 60.

DICKINSON STATE (12-17): Casper Hesseldal 9-16 7-11 25, Tevin Hurd 2-7 5-8 9, Jarek Hansen 1-5 4-6 7, Matt Lee 6-10 0-3 12, John Hanstad 0-3 0-0 0, Jeff Hurd 0-1 0-0 0, Robbie Morey 1-3 0-1 3, Pierce Brooks 6-10 0-0 12, Isiah Thomas 0-0 0-0 0, Ryan Kittleson 0-0 0-0 0, Connor Cunningham 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-55 16-29 68.

Halftime: MSU 38-30. Total fouls: MSU 23, DSU 14. Fouled out: MSU, Shulstad. 3-point goals: MSU 9-35 (Kueber 1-4, Edwards 0-1, Pyles 2-6, Bauduin 1-3, Shulstad 4-13, Aasness 1-9), DSU 2-13 (Morey 1-2, Brooks 0-2, Hesseldal 0-1, T. Hurd 0-2, Hansen 1-3, Hanstad 0-3). Rebounds: MSU 39 (Kueber 16), DSU 38 (Hesseldal 11). Assists: MSU 14 (Pyles 4), DSU 18 (T. Hurd 5). Steals: MSU 8 (Pyles 3), DSU 9 (Lee 3, Brooks 3). Blocks: MSU 2 (Shulstad 2), DSU 3 (three with 1). Turnovers: MSU 19 (Pyles 8), DSU 12 (Hesseldal 3).

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