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Hurd scores 27, plays hero as Blue Hawks defeat Comets in overtime

Press Photo by Dustin Monke Dickinson State junior forward Matt Lee, left, powers into the lane while being defended by Mayville State junior Gus Kueber on Saturday night during a Dakota Athletic Conference men's basketball game at Scott Gymnasium.

Dickinson State had so much heartbreak this week, the Blue Hawk men's basketball team wasn't going to let the university experience any more.

Senior Tevin Hurd put the Blue Hawks and, in a sense, the university on his back Saturday night at Scott Gymnasium against Mayville State as he scored nine points in overtime and played the hero for a school desperately in need of one.

Hurd finished with 27 points and five rebounds as the Blue Hawks claimed a hard-fought 66-62 Dakota Athletic Conference victory.

"We feel like the school needed something good with all the drama that's been going on and everything," Hurd said. "We felt like the DSU family needed something positive to look at, so we really wanted to come out and play for them. I think that's what fueled us, especially in the second half."

A devastating Friday at DSU included the revelation that the university awarded hundreds of diplomas to undeserving international students and the suicide of Doug LaPlante, DSU's dean of the college of education, business and applied sciences.

LaPlante rarely missed Blue Hawk basketball games. A moment of silence was held for him before the game.

"It's been a long week for us," DSU head coach Ty Orton said. "It's been an eventful time for DSU, and these kids, they fought through a lot of things and they represented the school to a high level."

The Blue Hawks (10-16, 2-2 DAC) battled their own personal adversity as well.

Aside from persistent foul trouble, they shot just 2 of 18 from 3-point range -- Hurd made both -- and were 14 of 27 from the free-throw line.

Inside the 3-point arc, however, they shot 23 of 34 (67 percent).

The Blue Hawks rallied from a 34-25 halftime deficit and used an 12-0 run over a span of 6 minutes in the second half to take a 43-40 lead.

From there, DSU and Mayville State battled until the final seconds of regulation.

"I'm just proud of the way we played through it because we didn't shoot well," Orton said. "It was adversity we put on ourselves, but then they came through in the second half and really played good defense."

After Gus Kueber, who led the Comets (12-13, 0-4 DAC) with 21 points and nine rebounds, made a tying put-back layup with 59 seconds to play, Hurd made a step-back jumper from the right wing to give DSU a 54-42 lead with 23.7 seconds remaining.

Bryen Pyles forced overtime by banking in a runner with 4.6 seconds left to tie at 54.

Hurd raced the length of the floor and dished it across the court to John Hanstad, who was open on the right side but missed a 3-pointer that he got off just before time expired.

"Tevin made a tremendous pass to John," Orton said. "We had a tremendous look at the end."

No worries though.

Hurd had it handled.

He made a pair of driving layups, tipped in his own miss and drained a 3-pointer from the top of the key in overtime to help give DSU a 65-60 edge after just 3 minutes.

"He's a very talented guy and he's a guy who can just go and get some when he wants to go get some," Mayville State head coach Justin Johnson said. "To stop him presents some challenges. One thing that we want to try and do was try and keep him out of the paint, so we maybe weren't guarding him as tight and he came up with a couple. The one 3 he made was a big, big 3. You've just got to tip your hat to a guy like that."

DSU had to work without seniors Matt Lee and Casper Hesseldal late after they fouled out. Lee had 12 points and five rebounds while Hesseldal added 11 points and four rebounds.

Pyles added 11 points for the Comets while Eric Shulstad had 11 points and seven rebounds off the bench.

Mayville State went on a 13-0 run midway through the first half as the Blue Hawks struggled with fouls and finding the basket.

DSU wasn't going to count itself out though.

Not at home and not on this day.

"I'm proud of my boys," Hurd said.

MAYVILLE STATE (12-13, 0-4 DAC): Gus Kueber 8-14 1-5 21, Adam Edwards 1-5 0-0 2, Bryen Pyles 3-8 5-8 11, Matt Bauduin 3-6 0-0 8, Eric Shulstad 5-16 0-0 11, Cody Coauette 0-0 0-0 0, Jake Reynen 0-1 0-0 0, Cody Aasness 3-5 0-0 9, Dexter Elliott 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-56 10-16 62.

DICKINSON STATE (10-16, 2-2 DAC): Casper Hesseldal 5-9 1-2 11, Tevin Hurd 10-18 5-5 27, Matthew Lee 5-7 2-4 12, Jarek Hansen 0-5 0-2 0, John Hanstad 2-7 3-5 7, Donavyn Persley 0-0 0-0 0, Jeff Hurd 2-3 1-5 5, Robbie Morey 0-2 0-0 0, Pierce Brooks 0-0 0-0 0, Isiah Thomas 1-1 1-2 3, Ryan Kittleson 0-0 1-2 1, Carl Dynneson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-52 14-27 66.

Halftime: Mayville State 34-25, tied 54-54 end of regulation. Total fouls: MSU 23, DSU 21. Fouled out: Names Hesseldal, Lee. 3-point goals: MSU 6-25 (Bauduin 2-4, Aasness 3-5, Shulstad 1-8, Kueber 0-1, Edwards 0-3, Pyles 0-3, Reynen 0-1), DSU 2-18 (T. Hurd 2-6, Hesseldal 0-1, Hansen 0-4, Hanstad 0-5, Morey 0-2). Rebounds: MSU 30 (Kueber 9), DSU 37 (T. Hurd 9). Assists: MSU 12 (Kueber 4, Pyles 4), DSU 7 (J. Hurd 2). Steals: MSU 6 (Pyles 2, Aasness 2), DSU 8 (Hesseldal 2, T. Hurd 2). Blocks: DSU 2 (Hesseldal 1, T. Hurd 1). Turnovers: MSU 14 (Pyles 4), DSU 16 (Lee 5).

Dustin Monke

Monke came to The Dickinson Press in July 2006 as the newspaper's sports editor and was hired as its managing editor in March 2013. During his tenure at The Press, Monke has won multiple awards for sports reporting, feature reporting, column writing, page design and photography. He was a key part of The Press winning the North Dakota Newspaper Association's General Excellence and Sweepstakes awards in 2009 and 2012, and oversaw The Press' Sweepstakes and General Excellence wins in 2014, as well as its national first-place honors for Community Leadership in the Inland Daily Press Association and contributed to the first-place Inland award for Investigative Reporting. As the newspaper's editor, he writes an occasional Sunday column, is a member of The Press' Editorial Board, contributes feature stories and breaking news, designs pages, and oversees the day-to-day operations of the newsroom and editorial staff. In his free time, he enjoys watching sports and action movies, exercises whenever his schedule allows, and spends every minute he can with his wife and son.

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