Although they took a few extra minutes to wake up, the Dickinson State men's basketball team quickly took over the game against Presentation College (S.D.). The Blue Hawks turned their momentum into a 20-point lead and earned a 102-82 victory on Sunday, Dec. 17 at Scott Gymnasium, pushing them to 3-1 in conference play.
The Saints jumped out to a 9-2 lead and held the advantage for most of the first half. A series of shots from seniors Jerry Shevlin, Terrell Butler and Carter Gallo gave Dickinson State a brief 27-24 lead, but the Saints immediately took over again and held control until the final two minutes of the first half.
A slew of baskets from senior forward/guard Marcus White narrowed the gap to 45-43. After a Saints attempt, senior forward Konner Goettsche dove to save a rebound from going out of bounds. He flung the ball to Butler who brought it up the court and eventually passed back to Goettsche standing just in front of the arc. The 6-foot-6 senior netted his shot to tie the game at 45.
"We just started off kind of slow," Butler said. "It kind of woke us up and got us ready to play. We don't need to do that every time though. I'm happy with the result we got today."
Five straight points from White gave the Blue Hawks (7-4, 3-1 NSAA) a 50-45 lead at the half.
White scored 17 of his 25 points in the first half.
For the Saints (6-8, 1-3 NSAA), junior guard Julius Jackson led the way with 41 points, 27 of which came in the first twenty minutes.
"Julius Jackson was pretty phenomenal scoring the ball in the first half. That helped us out defensively getting locked in," Saints head coach Jeremy Reigle said. "There were some mismatch issues there. I credit Dickinson State. They're really talented and well-coached, a tough match all around for us. We were able to hang with them. We competed hard in the first half."
The Blue Hawks opened the second half with a 10-2 run, turning the game from a close conference matchup into the beginnings of a blowout.
"Offensively, we had a good night scoring the basketball," Dickinson State head coach Josh Vaughan said. "Their size, they're not a very big team, so we took advantage of that. Marcus and Ryan (Clark) had a good night. ... Defensively it could have been better but for the way they played and how fast they are it wasn't too bad."
Clark scored 18 points on the night and led the team with 14 boards.
Midway through the second half, the Blue Hawks established their first 20-point lead of the night.
Gallo who went 4-4 from behind the arc, scored a three followed by a basket from Goettsche to make it 79-62. Senior guard Devin Loy netted one of his two three-pointers to bring the score to 82-62.
With five minutes left in the game, White got the bench and crowd roaring with a dunk that gave the Blue Hawks a 23-point lead, their greatest of the night at the time.
"That was a good play. That's something most people wish they could do," Vaughan said. "Marcus is talented. I like the finish because he missed two dunks last week."
The Saints wouldn't go down like that, though. Down 99-74 with two minutes remaining, the Saints put up eight straight points with help from Jackson, Marcus Gatlin, Deiontay Walters and Quadre Lollis.
"We didn't give up. No matter what the score is, we're trying to get better. We're trying to compete," Reigle said. "I saw a lot of passion from our guys no matter what the score is."
Dickinson High product Tanner Davidson made sure the Blue Hawks got the last word. With just seconds left he halted the Saints run with a three-point shot to seal the 102-82 win.
Dickinson State 102, Presentation 82
PC: Julius Jackson 41, Deiontay Walters 21, Quadre Lollis 12.
DSU: Marcus White 25, Ryan Clark 18, Terrell Butler 13.
Halftime: 50-45. Total fouls: PC 10, DSU 17. 3-point goals: PC 5-18 (Jackson 3), DSU 11-21 (Carter Gallo 4). Rebounds: PC 24 (Lollis 10), DSU 38 (Ryan Clark 14). Assists: PC 10 (Walters 3), DSU 24 (White, Jerry Shevlin). Steals: PC 6 (Jackson 3), DSU 6 (Gallo 2). Blocks: PC 1 (Jackson), DSU 2 (Shevlin, Austin Payne 1). Turnovers: PC 11, DSU 10.