Montel Carlow and Donte Walker helped the Dickinson State Blue Hawks improve to 3-8 on the young season with a 83-61 victory over Valley City State in their North Star Athletic Association conference opener.

“It is better to be 1-0 than 0-1. We have a long break before another conference game,” said Dickinson State head coach Josh Vaughn. “It is unfortunate, because if we are playing well, then we’d like to keep playing. It is a good place to be. It is always good to win. We get another chance against Jamestown on Monday.”

Carlow totaled 23 points followed by Walker who had 17 in the win. Kenny Jackson added 15.

“When (Jackson, Carlow and I) are all scoring, we are really hard to guard,” said Walker. “It really comes down to the defensive end and if we can get stops though. We can score with the best. We just have to get stops.”

The Blue Hawks took an early 13-6 lead, and cruised from that point forward. The Vikings got the lead down to 20-16, but by Jackson hit a shot late in the first half to give Dickinson State a 37-26 halftime lead.

The Blue Hawks were efficient on the offensive end as they shot over 52% field from the field with Jackson going 7-9 and Carlow shooting 9-13.

Dickinson State led by 26 on two different occasions. They led 64-38 after a Jackson three pointer and again by a score of 82-56 late in the contest.

The 64-38 lead was the end of a 20-8 run by Dickinson State.

Carlow and Walker both totaled 10 points in the first half.

“Shout out to Montel. When he hits threes, it makes the game so much easier for my teammates and I,” Walker said. “It spreads out the floor for us.”

The Blue Hawks held Valley City State to only 37% shooting from the field and 31% from behind the three point arc.

Malcohm Hill almost recorded his second double-double in a row as he had 10 boards and 9 points in the win.

“We have been able to score consistently. We just haven’t guarded people. We have to get two or three stops in a row,” said Vaughn. “That is all we have been focusing on and talking about. We need to lock in and understand we will be able to score. If we can’t score though, we still have to win the game. We did a much better job tonight of being engaged.”