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Balanced scoring attack from Mayville State downs DSU

The Comets’ efficiency from the field and dominance in the paint carried their offense throughout, coming away with an 87-80 victory at Scott Gymnasium Friday night.

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Dickinson State freshman guard John Evans.
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After a thrilling finish Friday night against Presentation College, the Dickinson State men’s basketball team was back on the court Saturday evening, hosting Mayville State.

The Comets’ efficiency from the field and dominance in the paint carried their offense throughout, coming away with an 87-80 victory at Scott Gymnasium.

Freshman guard John Evans picked up where he left off on Friday night when he led DSU in points, scoring seven of the first 12 points for the Blue Hawks (5-2, 8-13).

The Comets (3-4, 10-7) took their first lead at 16-15 after a breakaway layup by freshman guard Sebastian Griffin. Sophomore forward Cobe Begger retook the lead for DSU with a deep 3-pointer, making it 21-20.

The Blue Hawks offense let it fly from 3-point range in the first half, putting up 14 attempts. They made four of them.

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But while they kept up the three-point barrage, Mayville State was hammering the ball inside for easy looks at the basket. The quickness of senior guard Latrelle Franklin was a problem for the Blue Hawks. He consistently found his way into the paint to suck the defense in.

Senior guard Bryce Knox, DSU’s leading scorer, didn’t have a large impact in the first half, remaining scoreless. Mayville State led 44-40 at the half.

Slowly but surely the Comets extended their lead to begin the second half. Sharp shooting from the perimeter paired with their dominance in the paint gave them a 58-47 lead.

Knox finally found the bottom of the net with a 3-pointer from straight away shortly after. The Blue Hawks kept firing from long distance to keep themselves in the game. They cut it to a 63-60 lead after 3-pointers from Knox and senior guard Aushanti Potts-Woods.

Potts-Woods was the spark DSU needed in the second half. He finished with 23 points off the bench with crucial baskets to keep the Blue Hawks within reach.

With under five minutes remaining, the Comets helf a 74-73 advantage. It became 79-76 when the Blue Hawks were called for an offensive foul with under two minutes left.

On the other end, Franklin hit a big 3-pointer to extend their lead to six. DSU couldn’t respond and found themselves in a big hole with one minute remaining.

They began the process of fouling Mayville State to get the ball back, but the result didn’t change. It ended 87-80.

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Efficiency from three-point range heavily favored the Comets. They made seven from distance compared to nine for DSU, but had only 17 attempts, whereas the Blue Hawks had 32. It was a balanced scoring attack from the visitors with six players in double figures, led by Griffin with 15.

Overall Mayville State was more efficient from the field (34-65, 52 percent) than DSU (27-71, 38 percent). They also outrebounded the Blue Hawks 49-35.

Knox finished with 20 points, Evans totaled 14.

DSU remains in a three-way tie for first place in the North Star Athletic Association with Bellevue and Viterbo. They’ll see the Comets in their next game, this time on the road on Friday, Jan. 28.

Race Archibald is a Green Bay, Wisconsin native and graduate of Eastern Illinois University. From a young age he loved watching, competing and talking about sports — a passion that lead him to participate in nearly every sport available growing up. Swimming would be his bread and butter, and Archibald continued his athletic career at the Division I level where he earned a degree in journalism. Today he leads a team focused on providing the very best coverage of southwest North Dakota sports.
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