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Lindsay scores 21, Comets soar past DSU

Press Photo by Meaghan MacDonald Dickinson State junior Mackenson Odenier, middle, is being defended by two Mayville State players during the Sam Milanovich Classic on Saturday at Scott Gymnasium.

The Dickinson State men’s basketball team’s Achilles heel this season has been themselves.

Saturday night during the Sam Milanovich Classic the Blue Hawks lost to Mayville State 74-66, but the team beat themselves more than their opponent did.

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DSU head coach Ty Orton was far from pleased with his team’s performance but puts the blame on himself.

“I don’t think the boys were ready,” Orton said. “I don’t think the coaching staff had them prepared. We just didn’t have them ready, it was my fault.

“We had them scouted, we knew what we needed to do, I called (Michael) Lindsay was going to have a great night and he had 20 on us, 7 of 10 from the floor. They just outworked us and that’s why I’m so disappointed.”

After Friday’s 67-63 win over Valley City State, junior post Mackenson Odenier said his team needed to “show up right away” in order to compete with Mayville Saturday. That wasn’t the case.

Before the tip off, junior guard DeSean Atkins received a technical foul for touching the rim of the basket, giving Mayville junior guard Alex Herman two shots at the free-throw line and his team the 2-0 lead. The Comets, much like their name, moved swiftly across the court and jumped up to an early 6-0 lead just 18 minutes, 31 seconds in.

Although DSU mustered up 34 points by halftime, the team had to fight for each point. Orton said every aspect of his team’s game was off Saturday plus Mayville was a tougher opponent than they looked Friday against Rocky Mountain College.

“(Rocky’s) speed and quickness really killed us and our transition defense wasn’t very good,” Mayville junior forward Michael Lindsay said, who finished with a team-high 21 points. “Other than that, tonight I thought we really responded a lot better.”

DSU came out of the locker room with a spark to its game and started to give Mayville a challenge. After Mayville junior guard David Hicks opened the half with a jump shot to widen the lead by 10 points, DSU scored eight unanswered points to cut Mayville’s lead to 44-42 three minutes into the half.

Four Blue Hawks finished with double-digit points with junior guard Tevin Russell leading with 16, followed by senior guard Ty Ackelson with 13 and post Phillip Johnson and Odenier each added 10.

The Blue Hawks tied the game three times until senior guard Robbie Morey — finished with five points, three rebounds and two steals — hit a 3-pointer to give his team its first and only lead of the game at 53-52.

“We just needed to execute better basically,” Morey said. “We just had to come out, run our offense … We came out with a little more sense of urgency and it helped for a little while.”

With the Blue Hawks on a roll, the Comets made adjustments with their defense and switched to a zone. The change worked and completely threw DSU off its game and was outscored 23-13. DSU’s defense was shot, the players on the court weren’t moving as well and lack of effort killed them in the end.

“Pretty much every game we lost or any mistake we made it was because of us,” Russell said. “Not because the defense made us do it, not because they made us do it. We make our own mistakes and it’s just up to us to fix it and not let it happen again.”

Orton added: “We keep letting ourselves down, we’re right there but we’re not carrying it over. We’re not carrying it through and we’re giving the other team victories instead of fighting through and grabbing the victory to win.”

Both the DSU men and women have a quick turnaround and will try and defend their home court Monday night against Frontier Conference Rocky Mountain College at 7:30 p.m. Monday. With very little time to prepare, Orton said today’s practice will be light to help his player’s refresh and focus heavily on film in order to correct mistakes and try to avoid another disappointing loss.

“The kids need to see where they’re making mistakes, we’ll break it down, scouting reports already done,” he said. “Those things are already accomplished and done. The coaches are prepared and now the kids need to carry it over and do their part.”

MAYVILLE STATE: Adam Edwards 3-7 1-1 8, Charlton Wilson 6-10 0-0 12, DJ Carroll 2-10 3-3 7, Alex Herman 0-1 3-3 3, David Hicks 3-8 0-0 6, Andrew Berge 0-0 0-0 0, Josh DeWitt 0-0 0-0 0, Michael Lindsay 7-10 5-6 21, Sean Norton 1-4 6-8 8, David Olson 3-10 3-4 12. Totals: 25-60 21-25 74.

DICKINSON STATE: Phillip Johnson 4-10 2-2 10, Tevin Russell 4-14 7-8 16, Mackenson Odenier 5-9 0-0 10, Ty Ackleson 4-8 3-6 13, Juston Goodwin 0-0 0-0 0, Robbie Morey 1-2 2-2 5, DeSean Atkins 1-4 2-3 4, Brock Boos 2-7 0-0 6, Isiah Thomas 0-0 0-0 0, Marko Potkonjak 0-1 2-2 2, Jacob Volk 0-4 0-0 0, Sean Kelly 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 21-59 18-23 66.

Halftime: MSU 42-34. Total fouls: MSU 21, DSU 23. Technical fouls: DeSean Atkins, DSU. 3-point goals: MSU 6-14 (Olson 3-6, Lindsay 2-2, Edwards 1-4, Carroll 0-2), DSU 6-17 (Boos 2-6, Ackleson 2-2, Morey 1-2, Russell 1-4, Atkins 0-2, Volk 0-1). Rebounds: MSU 42 (Lindsay 5, Carroll 5), DSU 42 (Johnson 8). Assists: MSU 11 (Hicks 3), DSU 11 (Russell 3). Steals: MSU 10 (Hicks 3), DSU 6 (Russell 2, Morey 2). Blocks: MSU 2 (Edwards 1, Olson 1), DSU 5 (Johnson 2). Turnovers: MSU 15 (Hicks 4), DSU 19 (Morey 4).

Meaghan MacDonald

Meaghan is the sports page designer and copy editor for the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.  After graduating from James Madison University (Va.) in May 2013, she moved from New Jersey to North Dakota to start pursuing her career in sports journalism and was a sports reporter for the Dickinson Press and covered Dickinson State athletics. Meaghan has been working for the Forum since June 2015.