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Blue Hawks win big over Mayville State

In its game prior to Mayville State Saturday night at Scott Gymnasium, the Dickinson State men's basketball team opened up with a 19-2 run en route to its easiest conference victory of the year, a 42-point payback game over Viterbo.

Dickinson State's Terrell Butler puts up a three-pointer Saturday night at Scott Gymnasium. (Samuel Evers / The Dickinson Press)
Dickinson State's Terrell Butler puts up a three-pointer Saturday night at Scott Gymnasium. (Samuel Evers / The Dickinson Press)

In its game prior to Mayville State Saturday night at Scott Gymnasium, the Dickinson State men's basketball team opened up with a 19-2 run en route to its easiest conference victory of the year, a 42-point payback game over Viterbo.

This time, against the North Star cellar-dwelling Comets, it was only an 18-3 start.

Still, the Blue Hawks were able to crank up the defensive intensity, blocking 11 shots in all for a stingy start-to-finish 70-48 victory. The 48 points Mayville State put up were a season-low against DSU.

It was the Blue Hawks' eighth win in a row, and it pushed their unblemished home record to 12-0. The victory also eclipsed their 17-win mark from 2004, the last time they won their conference..

"It's nice, getting some good and easy wins," said Jerry Shevlin, one of four double-digit scorers at 10 points. "We've been playing together as a team, playing hard. It feels good to be in a rhythm. We're still on the incline, though, trying to stay humble."

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Mayville State was led by 18 from Max Cooper, whose hook shot seemed to be the only thing the Blue Hawks couldn't solve.

Otherwise, there was a notable defensive resolve from the start.

Gilberto Shojgreen Jr. played his usual energizing role in the first half, blocking three shots in eight minutes of play, and also found his offense, scoring 10 points on just 5 of 7 shooting.

Marcus White was again the leading scorer, throwing up another casual 17 points on 6 of 10 shooting in just 25 minutes.

Terrell Butler hit two three-pointers in the second half and finished with 12 points and six rebounds.

As is usually the case when the Blue Hawks win, the scoring balance was the strength.

"It's becoming a luxury, obviously, to have guys that can get you double-figures," head coach Justin Wetzel said. "Marcus is a natural scorer, Reggie is a natural scorer, but they're not pressing. They're not worrying about 25, because we have so many guys that can get 15 on any night."

After the big run to begin the game, DSU took a 35-19 lead into halftime.

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Mayville actually did a decent job of delaying the bench clearing to the final minute of the game, at one point cutting the lead to 14.

But a leaning bankshot by Shevlin, followed by a three-pointer by White pushed it back to 19 with two minutes left to play.

The Blue Hawks, on their longest win streak of the season after six straight earlier in the year, next play Bellevue on Friday night in Nebraska.

With a two-game lead on the Bruins, a win would likely seal home court throughout the conference postseason.

"I think we're playing as well as we have all year," Wetzel said. "We're at a high level. Do I think we can clean up some areas? Absolutely. But are we playing at a high level? Yes."

Dickinson State 70, Mayville State 48

MSU: Max Cooper 18, Kiree Robinson 8, Ben Marana 7, Creighton Pfau 6, Austin Schultz 5, Garek Droog 3, Eric Staebler 1. Totals: 20-62.

DSU: Marcus White 17, Terrell Butler 12, Jerry Shevlin 10, Gilberto Shojgreen Jr. 10, Jake Buck 6, Reggie Fields Jr. 6, Brandon Jamar 5, Dontae Clark 2, RJ Magar 2. Totals: 28-58.

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Halftime: 35-19. Total fouls: MSU 12, DSU 10. 3-point goals: MSU 2-8 (Maranan 1-3, Schultz 1-2, Josh DeWitt 0-2), DSU 7-16 (Shevlin 2-2, Butler 2-4, White 2-5, Buck 1-2). Rebounds: MSU 36 (Cooper 8), DSU 40 (Butler, White 6). Assists: MSU 2 (Robinson, Staebler 1), DSU 12 (Fields Jr. 5). Steals: MSU 5 (Five with 1), DSU 6 (Butler 3). Blocks: MSU 3 (Three with 1), DSU 11 (Shojgreen Jr. 4). Turnovers: MSU 8, DSU 9.

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