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Late-game win: Dickinson State beats Winnipeg 70-68 in final seconds

Press photo by Meaghan MacDonald Dickinson State senior Brock Boos (15) takes a 3-point shot in Sunday’s game against the University of Winnipeg at Scott Gymnasium. The Blue Hawks defeated the Wesmen 70-68 in the final seconds of the game.

It has been a long first half of the season, but the Dickinson State men’s basketball team can go into winter break on a high note.

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In dramatic fashion, the Blue Hawks defeated the University of Winnipeg (Manitoba) 70-68 with seconds left in the game Sunday at Scott Gymnasium.

DSU head coach Ty Orton said he knew his team was tired and the 10-day rest from basketball will be well deserved following back-to-back wins over the University of Jamestown and Winnipeg.

“They played through a lot of adversity,” Orton said. “They were tired, they had a little fatigue and they have the vacation sitting in the back of their minds, as we all did. It’s been a long year for our kids and they’re such hard workers and they fight so hard. We’re 50 practices in and you look at some of these kids and they’re tired. The new kids, they’re not used to it.

“Sometimes you don’t know how to handle it mentally and it’s been a strain this year. It’s been tough and for these kids to finish with two wins at the end, that’s impressive and shows the character of the guys.”

DSU junior guard Tevin Russell led DSU with 20 points and went 7 of 14 and made all four free throws. Senior guard Brock Boos followed with 17 points, 15 of which came off 3-point shots while senior post Mackenson Odenier contributed 14 points and a team-high eight rebounds.

The Blue Hawks were lethargic in the first half and went into halftime trailing 38-30.

But in the second half, the team found new energy to get back in the game. Just 24 seconds into the half, junior guard DeSean Atkins made a shot in the paint to set off a six-point run and tie the score at 42-42 just with less than 16 minutes left.

“We had a really good second half,” Boos said. “The first half we were just kind of out there, going through the motions. But we came out in the second half and played really hard and got the win.

The Blue Hawks led by as much as 10 but the Wesmen slowly started to regain momentum and, with 47 seconds left in the game, Russell fouled guard Christopher Baxter, who made both foul shots to bring Winnipeg within one, 67-66.

Baxter finished with team-high 19 points and went 6 for 6 on free throws.

For the remaining seconds, intensity was high as DSU tried to escape with a win. Senior guard Ty Ackelson made a jumper and a free throw but Baxter got back to the free-throw line and sank both shots to cut DSU’s lead to two with 5 seconds left.

Ackelson was immediately fouled and missed both, giving possession back to Winnipeg. It missed its last shot with no time left on the clock.

“Obviously, a little bit of a disappointing ending, but at the same time lots of things that will spin into positives for teaching,” Winnipeg head coach Mike Raimbault said.

The Blue Hawks don’t have to think about basketball for until Dec. 28 when they travel to Winnipeg for the Wesmen Classic tournament.

Until then, the team is relieved to have time off for the holidays and rest.

“Just both physically and mentally,” Boos said. “A lot of people may have nagging injuries, and it’s just nice to get away too a little bit. Just clear your mind and just refresh for next semester.”

While the players are off, Orton said he will be hard at work getting ready for the tournament trip and looking ahead for the second half of the season, which is mostly Frontier Conference games.

“We need to make sure we start our film work, our scouting reports are ready, because it’s a tournament so you never know who you’re going to play second game,” Orton said. “We need to evaluate some things, practice-wise. We need to evaluate things coaching-wise to make sure we’re doing what’s right for the team and we’re doing the right thing to make sure we have the best players on the floor.”

WINNIPEG (11-7): Jordan Clennon 0-4 0-1 0, Samuel Hattin 5-10 0-1 13, Stephen Wesley 3-7 0-0 7, Christopher Baxter 6-11 6-6 19, Ryan Oirbans 1-2 0-0 2, Tynan Reyes 3-5 2-2 8, Jelane Pryce 5-8 2-4 13, Kritjan Lamont 0-1 1-2 1, Jamar Farley 2-6 0-1 5. Totals: 25-54 11-17 68.

DICKINSON STATE (4-6): Ty Ackelson 3-10 3-6 9, Robbie Morey 0-6 0-0 0, DeSean Atkins 2-5 0-0 4, Tevin Russell 7-14 4-4 20, Mackenson Odenier 4-10 6-9 14, Jeremy Beehler 0-3 2-2 2, Juston Goodwin 1-3 0-2 2, Brock Boos 5-12 2-4 17, Jacob Volk 1-2 0-0 2. Totals: 23-65 17-27 70.

Halftime: 38-30. Total fouls: Winnipeg 26, DSU 18. 3-point goals: Winnipeg 7-17 (Clennon 0-1, Hattin 3-5, Wesley 1-1. Baxter 1-4, Pryce 1-2, Farley 1-4), DSU 7-25 (Ackelson 0-3, Morey 0-4, Russell 2-5, Beehler 0-2, Boos 5-10, Volk 0-1). Rebounds: Winnipeg 41(Wesley, Pryce 4), DSU 39 (Odenier 8). Assists: Winnipeg 13(Clennon 7), DSU 12(Morey, Atkins 3). Steals: Winnipeg 9(Wesley, Farley 1), DSU 10(Ackelson, Morey 2). Blocks: Winnipeg 6 (Wesley, Oirbans 2), DSU 4 (Odenier 3). Turnovers: Winnipeg 19 (Clennon 5), DSU 10 (Odenier 3).

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.