Dickinson State Blue Hawks men's basketball struggles defensively in loss to Dakota State
There is plenty of season left for the Dickinson State men's basketball team -- maybe too much season.After the Blue Hawks started off with three wins in North Star Athletic Association games, DSU is now on a two-game losing skid. Dakota State ca...
There is plenty of season left for the Dickinson State men’s basketball team - maybe too much season.
After the Blue Hawks started off with three wins in North Star Athletic Association games, DSU is now on a two-game losing skid. Dakota State came to Scott Gymnasium and defeated the Blue Hawks 105-84 Saturday, deflating the Blue Hawks at the moment.
“They’re a very good team,” Blue Hawks head coach Justin Wetzel said. “We did not guard tonight. We were late, and we felt like we were in quicksand all night defensively.”
As of Saturday night, the Blue Hawks dipped to fourth place in the North Star.
Trojans sophomore guard Ian Barse scored a game-high 20 points, junior guard Adam Hofer totaled 19 and junior forward Kyle Kilgore totaled 17 points - 15 in the second half.
Blue Hawks junior guard Reggie Fields Jr. and senior guard Julian Vasquez each put up 18 points in the loss.
Vasquez also led his team in rebounds (seven), assists (six) and steals (three).
But Vasquez said offense wasn’t the biggest problem for his team.
“There’s two times I can recall in the first half when we messed up a defensive assignment, and they whacked two 3s, and that’s when we were climbing back into the game,” Vasquez said. “Things like that, they rip your heart out.”
After fighting from a 14-7 deficit to start the game, the Trojans (10-11, 4-2 NSAA) put a lead on the Blue Hawks (10-10, 3-2) in the first half that they wouldn’t relinquish, though the Blue Hawks fought to keep pace in the second 20 minutes.
“Offense is never the issue for us, it’s always defense,” Fields said. “If we don’t defend, we have to score (more). Then on defense, we don’t get those timely stops and they get a quick bucket.”
Three Trojans were already in double figures by intermission. Barse led all players with 12 points, as he went 4 for 5 from the 3-point line and didn’t take any shots within that line in the first half. Junior guard Derek Meger came off the bench and went 5 for 5 from the field for 10 points, as he ended the night going a perfect 7 of 7 for 14 points.
“Any time you get a road win in conference play, that’s really good, especially when you get a road win against a very good team,” Trojans head coach Gary Garner said. “I was really pleased with how hard we played tonight.”
Vasquez said his team’s performance over the last week was due to poor practicing, and he knows that’s where the Blue Hawks need to focus if they want to bounce back.
“If you want to be a good or great team, you don’t want to lose three back to back to back,” Vasquez said. “We’ve got to come out and prepare correctly for our next opponent.”
The Blue Hawks will go to the University of Jamestown to take on the Jimmies (10-7, 2-2) in a rematch of their 85-71 win at Scott Gym on Jan. 16.
“I have to demand more,” Wetzel said. “We didn’t have a good week, for whatever the variables were, we did not have a good week.”
Da.SU (10-11, 4-2 NSAA): Kyle Kilgore 6-10 5-5 17, Taylor Zirbel 2-2 0-0 4, Brendon Boomsma 2-10 6-6 12, Adam Hofer 6-8 4-4 19, Ian Barse 7-13 1-2 20, Tanner Heiser 4-6 1-1 11, Derek Meger 7-7 0-1 14, Justin Folkers 4-7 0-0 8. Totals: 38-63 17-19 105.
Di.SU (10-10, 3-2 NSAA): Stephon Dafney 4-10 0-0 8, Gilberto Shojgreen Jr. 5-5 0-1 10, Jacob Gondrezick 3-7 2-2 11, Curtis Redd 6-9 0-0 12, Julian Vasquez 6-12 5-8 18, Billy Engel 1-2 0-0 2, Reggie Fields Jr. 7-9 4-7 18, Roybell Baez 0-2 0-0 0, Kolbi Selby 0-2 0-0 0, Bradon Jamar 2-4 1-7 5. Totals: 34-62 12-25 84.
Halftime: Da.SU 55, Di.SU 44. Total fouls: Da.SU 21, Di.SU 19. Technical fouls: Da.SU, coach. 3-point goals: Da.SU 12-21 (Boomsma 2-5, Hofer 3-3, Barse 5-10, Heiser 2-3), Di.SU 4-20 (Dafney 0-4, Gondrezick 3-7, Redd 0-1, Vasquez 1-3, Engel 0-1, Baez 0-2, Selby 0-2). Rebounds: Da.SU 35 (Kilgore 7), Di.SU 27 (Vasquez 7). Assists: Da.SU 20 (Heiser 9), Di.SU 13 (Vasquez 6). Steals: Da.SU 5 (Boomsma 2), Di.SU 6 (Vasquez 3). Blocks: Da.SU 0, Di.SU 3 (Shojgreen 2). Turnovers: Da.SU 13, Di.SU 13.