Carney leads Minot State past DSU
It took Minot State's best all-around game of the season to bring a halt to Dickinson State's win streak.
Behind staunch defense and a balanced offense, Minot State became the first Dakota Athletic Conference team this season to ground the Blue Hawks.
The Beavers pounced early and never let up.
Minot State never led by less than six in the second half en route to a 78-65 men's basketball victory at Scott Gymnasium, snapping DSU's six-game conference streak.
"This is probably the best we've played all year in all aspects of the game," Hultz said.
The Beavers forced DSU into 23 turnovers and had played what Hultz believed to be their best offense of the year while handing the 21st-ranked Blue Hawks (14-8, 7-1 DAC) their first conference loss.
"We did a real good job staying steady through the night and controlling the game," Beavers coach Mike Hultz said.
Mister Carney led the way on both ends of the floor for the Beavers (15-7, 5-3 DAC).
The 6-foot-1 junior guard scored a team-high 19 points and had five of the team's 13 steals.
Minot State leads NAIA Division II in steals per game and is second in team turnover margin. It proved why that is Wednesday, giving the ball up only 13 times.
It took the Beavers a bit to get the Blue Hawks on their heels, but once they locked in their tempo, there seemed like there was little DSU could do to stop them.
"They did exactly what they were supposed to do. They played their game," DSU coach Ty Orton said. "They forced us to play their game also."
DSU led only after the first basket of the game and only got as close as two points in the first half when sophomore Derek Pauley went on a tear in the post.
Pauley scored six straight points to cut Minot State's lead to 14-12, but DSU's offense couldn't seem to keep pace. Minot State gradually pulled away by knocking down its outside shots and creating easy opportunities in the paint.
"We were moving the ball well and people were knocking down shots," Carney said.
The Beavers shot 44 percent from the field in the game and were 15 of 19 from the free-throw line.
They led 40-30 at halftime and never let the Blue Hawks get within striking distance in the second half.
DSU opened the half on a 7-2 run to make it 43-37. But just as quickly as the Blue Hawks got back into the game, they were out of it again.
Minot State senior Ricky Martinez knocked down a 3-pointer - he finished with 12 points - and Carney hit a pair of free-throws to push their team's lead back to 48-37 and the Blue Hawks played catch-up from there.
Sophomore Nathan Lebsock led the Blue Hawks with 19 points. Pauley finished with 13 points, scoring all but two in the first half. Tomaul Hawkins added 12.
"They were the better team tonight," Orton said. "We just rushed some things. We didn't play our style of quarter-court offense."
MINOT STATE (5-3, 15-7): Mister Carney 5-8 8-10 19, Ricky Martinez 4-10 2-2 12, CJ DeWitty 3-10 0-0 8, Shaun Johnson 4-9 0-0 8, Aaron Patterson 2-10 3-4 8, Stan Schauer 3-6 -0- 8, Demetrius Malone 2-3 2-2 6, Bojan Janjic 2-2 0-0 5, Kenneth McCoy 2-3 0-0 4. Totals: 27-61 15-19 78.
DICKINSON STATE ( 7-1, 14-8): Nathan Lebsock 7-14 2-2 19, Derek Pauley 6-10 1-6 13, Tomaul Hawkins 4-9 2-2 10, Branden Thomas 2-5 2-2 6, Josh Walker 2-3 0-0 4, Sean Burnham 1-6 2-4 4, Mark Versen 0-2 2-2 2, Brian Lebsock 1-3 0-0 2, Jeremy Mallard 0-3 0-0 0. Totals: 25-57 12-21 65.
Halftime: Minot 40-30. Total fouls: MSU 22, DSU 18. Fouled out: Hawkins. 3-point goals: MSU 9-24 (Martinez 2-5, Schauer 2-4 DeWitty 2-7, Carney 1-3 Patterson 1-4 Janjic 1-1), DSU 3-15 (Lebsock 3-7, Burnham 0-1, Hawkins 0-2, Mallard 0-2, Versen 0-2, B. Lebsock 0-1). Rebounds: MSU 33 (Johnson 8), DSU 40 (two with 6). Assists: MSU 17 (DeWitty 7), DSU 15 (two with 4). Steals: MSU 13 (Carney 5), DSU 5 (Hawkins 2). Blocks: MSU 1 (Johnson), DSU 2 (Hawkins). Turnovers: MSU 13 (two with 3), DSU 23 (Hawkins 5).