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Blue Hawks Basketball pelted by Minot State Beavers

DSU Basketball programs traveled to Minot to face up against the MSU Beavers.

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DSU basketball teams were unable to best the NCAA Division II team Minot State, Tuesday, Nov. 16. (Race Archibald / The Dickinson Press)
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Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams for Dickinson State traveled to Minot in search of the first win of their seasons, but they would only find defeat. It was an exhibition game for the men and was the second time this season that the women faced Minot State.

Minot State (2-3) 62, Dickinson State (0-8) 54

It was another close battle against Minot State, ending in a slightly narrower margin from when they faced each other earlier in the season on Oct. 23. DSU played to their strength with accurate free throws, but poor shooting from the field yet again doomed their chances of a victory.

The Blue Hawks started off strong, hitting two early 3-pointers in the first quarter from guards McKenzie Johnson and Ashlie Watts. Despite a 11-5 lead, the first quarter would end tied at 13 with the Beavers ending the quarter on an 8-2 run.

Minot State continued to bring the heat in the second quarter, outscoring the Blue Hawks 17-13. DSU stayed close, hitting 4-of-6 free throws compared to none for the Beavers.

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They went into the second half of the game down 30-26.

The gap began to close in the third quarter with the Blue Hawks hitting 9-of-10 free throws, with seven of them courtesy of forward Courtney Olson. The Beavers went 3-for-3 from the free throw line and sank only six of their 17 field goals to hold a two-point lead, 45-43 with one quarter to play.

Johnson connected on another 3-pointer early in the fourth to put them on track for a rally, but it would never come. DSU failed in execution until there was just six minutes left with a score of 53-48. The Beavers pressed the Blue Hawks, coming away with two late steals and padded their lead from the free throw line to finish the game 62-54.

Olson did most of her damage from the charity stripe, hitting 13-of-16 free throws and tying Johnson for a team-high 15 points.

Minot State (3-0) 99, Dickinson State (0-5) 76

What started off as a competitive battle with only a 13 point deficit at the end of the first half, would become a one sided affair with Minot State taking a 33 point lead in the second half. The Blue Hawks put up a fight, but were no match for the NCAA Division II team who controlled the ball in the paint and from three-point range.

DSU took the lead only in the opening minutes of the game and then would see Minot run away with it. Half way through the first half the score was 24-12. The Blue Hawks worked hard to keep the Beavers’ offense back, limiting them to mostly free throws in the final minutes and for good reasons with them making 6-of-7 three-pointers in the first half.

It was 51-38 to Minot State at the break.

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The second half showed a more furious side of the Beavers. Despite being less accurate with their field goals, they were putting up twice as many shots as they had in the first. Just after five minutes in the second half, Minot State were leading by 27 points, capped off by a dunk from guard Camron Dunfee.

The deficit would grow to 33 points, with careless turnovers from DSU and consistent three-pointers by the Beavers. The Blue Hawks shot well from the three-point range in the second half, making 9-of-17 attempts. Senior forward Ajdin Toskic put up three 3-pointers in a row during a stretch in the second half.

The game would end 99-76.

DSU was outscored in the paint by twice as much. The Beavers dropped 48 points, compared to 24 for the Blue Hawks. In the second half, Minot made 11-of-19 3-pointers and shot 66 percent from the field overall.

Aushanti Potts-Woods led DSU in points with 16, going 2-for-3 from three-point range in the second half.

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Josiah C. Cuellar was born in San Angelo, Texas, a small rural community in the western part of the state known for its farming, ranching and beautiful Concho River. A Texas A&M San Antonio graduate specializing in multi-media reporting, Cuellar is an award winning photographer and reporter whose work focuses on community news and sports.
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