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So much for a hot start. Dickinson State's Dakota Athletic Conference schedule began on a sour note as Minot State rode a 17-5 second-half run to a 77-64 victory and handed the Blue Hawks their fourth straight loss Thursday night at Scott Gymnasium.

So much for a hot start.

Dickinson State's Dakota Athletic Conference schedule began on a sour note as Minot State rode a 17-5 second-half run to a 77-64 victory and handed the Blue Hawks their fourth straight loss Thursday night at Scott Gymnasium.

"I was disappointed that we stopped attacking, penetrating and kicking," DSU coach Ty Orton said. "We weren't clicking really well on the offensive side. We didn't execute well."

Orton said after the game he felt he let his team down and that he didn't have them prepared well enough.

"It's totally my fault and I take the blame for this loss 100 percent," Orton said.

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Minot State dropped into a 2-3 zone defensively and picked up its intensity on the offensive end midway through the second half to spark their run.

"We went zone and got a lot of mileage ... out of it," Minot State coach Mike Hultz said. "We finally executed offensively and hit some good shots down the stretch."

The Beavers (4-5) scored seven in a row while holding DSU (6-5) without a point for two full minutes in the second, breaking open a game that had been tight from the onset.

Ervin Belton's dunk at the 13:01 cut Minot State's burgeoning lead to 50-41, but Beavers senior Matt Witwer countered with a pair of easy shots to open up the game once again.

Witwer led the Beavers with 19 points. He hit both 3-pointers he attempted and shot 7 of 8 from the free-throw line.

"He's so steady for us," Hultz said. "That's what we get every night with him."

DSU struggled offensively throughout the game. The Blue Hawks shot just 24 of 62 from the field and 12 of 22 from the free-throw line.

While DSU had scoring balance, no starter reached double figures. The Blue Hawks were led by Nigel Sims with 11 points. Sean Burnham and Julian Larry each scored nine while Fred Scheltinga and Ervin Belton had eight points and added six rebounds.

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Four players scored in double figures for the Beavers. Aaron Patterson scored 16 points off the bench and starting point guard C.J. DeWitty had 11 points, five assists and four rebounds.

"We were really, really concerned coming in here," Hultz said. "This is a good win for us."

Minot State 77, Dickinson State 64

MINOT STATE (4-5): Joe Gathings 4-9 1-3 10. Matt Witwer 5-7 7-8 19. Jessie ford 4-7 0-2 8. Milan Cvetkovic 1-4 4-4 6. CJ DeWitty 4-7 2-5 11. Bojan Janjic 1-1 1-2 4. Braden Bosch 0-0 0-0 0. Aaron Patterson 5-12 5-5 16. Mithch Mayer 0-0 0-0 0. Andy Leraas 1-4 0-0 3. Totals: 25-51 20-29 77.

DICKINSON STATE (6-5): Steve Mitchell 3-8 1-4 7. Ervin Belton 1-5 6-8 8. Fred Scheltinga 4-10 0-1 8. Jeremy Mallard 1-4 1-2 4. Sean Burnham 4-11 1-2 9. Ryan Bogner 1-3 0-0 2. Julian Larry 3-5 2-2 9. Nathan Lebsock 0-0 0-0 0. Brian Lebsock 1-2 0-0 2. Nigel Sims 5-10 0-0 11. Nick Martinez 1-3 0-0 3. Mark Versen 0-1 0-1 0. Dano Fagerlund 0-0 1-2 1. Totals: 24-62 12-22 64.

Halftime: Minot State, 33-32. Total fouls: MSU 24, DSU 23. Fouled out: Mallard. 3-point goals: MSU 7-13 (Gathings 1-3, Witwer 2-2, DeWitty 1-2, Janjic 1-1, Patterson 1-3, Leraas 1-2), DSU 4-13 (Mitchell 0-1, Mallard 1-4, Burnham 0-1, Larry 1-1, Sims 1-3, Martinez 1-3). Rebounds: MSU 35 (Ford 12), DSU 32 (Mitchell 6, Belton 6). Assists: MSU 15 (DeWitty 5), DSU 14 (Burnham 5). Steals: MSU 8 (Gathings 2, DeWitty 2), DSU 5 (five players with 1). Blocks: MSU 10 (Cvetkovic 3), DSU 2 (Belton 1, Bogner 1). Turnovers: MSU 19 (DeWitty 6), DSU 14 (Versen 3).

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