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Dickinson State men’s hoops throttles Yellowstone Christian

With about 3 minutes, 30 seconds remaining in their game Tuesday, Dickinson State junior center Brandon Jamar put an emphatic end to Yellowstone Christian (Mont.) College's hopes.

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Dickinson State guard Brandon Ruffin goes up for a jump shot over Yellowstone Christian College defenders Tuesday at Scott Gymnasium. Ruffin scored a game-high 19 points and collected seven rebounds in the Blue Hawks win. (Press Photo by Colton Pool)
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With about 3 minutes, 30 seconds remaining in their game Tuesday, Dickinson State junior center Brandon Jamar put an emphatic end to Yellowstone Christian (Mont.) College’s hopes.
A Centurion drove the basketball down the lane and took a shot which was met by Jamar, who abruptly stuffed it and sent it into the student section.
The play was the highlight of DSU’s defense in the second half, which held YCC to 29 points, while the Blue Hawks ran away with 60 points in the last 20 minutes to win 103-65 at Scott Gymnasium.
“I think he about took somebody’s eye out,” Blue Hawks guard Brandon Ruffin said with a laugh. “You better watch out. It got smacked out. In the second row, it just about smacked a girl in the head.”
Ruffin totaled a game-high 19 points on 7 of 11 shooting while going a perfect 5 for 5 from the free throw line. The junior also added seven rebounds, a team best.
“Once we picked it up defensively, it leads to easy transition buckets and easy scores,” he said. “It was coach getting us on track and motivating us in the locker room that basically created that second half spark and energy.”
While Ruffin scored 11 of his points in the first half, most of his teammates, on the other hand, found their stride in the second. At halftime, DSU head coach Justin Wetzel told his team to make the most of its defensive chances.
Whatever they talked about, the Blue Hawks turned it around in the second half.
“Defensive energy, that’s what it was,” Wetzel said. “We were scoring the ball just fine. A lot of it was on them, but most of it was on me not having the guys ready to start the game.”
In the first frame, DSU (2-2) led the Centurions 43-36. YCC (1-9) also outrebounded the Blue Hawks 21-16. Centurion junior point guard Keegan Oyugi scored 13 points in the first half, a game high.
Not bad for a first year program, YCC head coach Leonard Epps said.
“We came out in the first half and really competed,” Epps said. “That’s all we ask our kids to do is to come out and compete.”
But the Blue Hawks obviously found their pace after halftime, as all five starters put up double-digit points. Senior guard Julian Vasquez scored all 11 of his points in the first half to help keep his team’s lead intact. He also tallied 11 assists.
Junior center Gilberto Shojgreen, Jr. and senior guard Curtis Redd each tacked on 12 points while both going 6 of 9 from the floor. Senior point guard Jacob Gondrezick went 4 of 8 shooting to put up 11 points along with four assists.
“I didn’t have our guys ready to come out in the first half,” Wetzel said. “We looked like a team that was unprepared and not ready to start the game, and that’s on me. Luckily they were able to bail me out in the second half.”

The biggest offensive difference was senior guard Kolbi Selby, who, after playing less than 2 minutes in the first half, scored 12 points while shooting 4 for 6 from 3-point range.
“It was good to see the ball go in. I was definitely in a little bit of a shooting slump, but once I see it go in, it all changes from there,” Selby said. “Confidence goes up and I can find my shot.”
Oyugi only scored two points in the second half. YCC was led by junior power forward Darius Jenkins’ 16 points while freshman guard Dusan Spasojevic came off the bench and scored 10. However, only two other players scored at least five points for the Centurions, while eight Blue Hawks scored five or more.
“It’s like we don’t know how to react after the first half,” Epps said. “The second half we usually get down on ourselves, and it’s a sign of being young. I think we’ll continue to get better.”
The Blue Hawks hope to put a full game together in their next game, as they will take on NCAA Division I Idaho State on the road Monday.
“A lot of college basketball players feel they’re Division I players, and they’re not for whatever reason,” Wetzel said. “This is a good opportunity for them to find out.”

Dickinson State 103, Yellowstone Christian College 65
YCC (1-9): Keegan Oyugi 5-11 5-6 15, Jawaun Lanoutte 1-4 0-0 2, Igor Torres 1-2 0-0 3, Austin Laborin 1-9, 0-0 3, Darius Jenkins 6-9 4-5 16, Thomas Rowland 2-5 0-0 6, Dusan Spasojevic 4-8 2-3 10, Daniel Page 0-2 2-2 2, Osondu Kelvin 3-8 2-2 8, EJ Soft 0-3 0-0 0. Totals: 23-61 15-18 65.
DSU (2-2): Gilberto Shojgreen, Jr. 6-9 0-0 12, Jacob Gondrezick 4-8 0-0 11, Brandon Ruffin 7-11 5-5 19, Curtis Redd 6-9 0-0 12, Julian Vasquez 3-9 4-4 11, Billy Engel 1-2 1-2 3, Stephon Dafney 3-6 0-0 8, Myka Brown 2-3 2-2 5, Roybell Baez 2-3 0-0 4, Kolbi Selby 4-6 0-0 12, Brandon Jamar 0-6 0-0 0, Mark Lebsock 1-3 0-0 2, Thomas Cowen 2-5, 0-0 4. Totals: 41-80 11-13 103.
Halftime: DSU 43, YCC 36. Total fouls: DSU 19, YCC 15. Technical fouls: DSU, Vasquez. 3-point goals: YCC 4-20 (Oyugi 0-1, Lanoutte 0-1, Torres 1-1, Lobrin 1-8, Rowland 2-4, Spasojevic 0-2, Page 0-2, Soft 0-1), DSU 10-23 (Gondrezick 3-6, Ruffin 0-1, Redd 0-1, Vasquez 1-3, Engel 0-1, Dafney 2-4, Selby 4-6, Lebsock 0-1). Rebounds: YCC 34 (Kelvin 8), DSU 44 (Ruffin 7). Assists: YCC 10 (Oyugi 3), DSU 27 (Vasquez 11). Steals: YCC 6 (six tied with 1), DSU 12 (Redd 4). Blocks: YCC 2 (Kelvin 2), DSU 5 (Shojgreen 2). Turnovers: YCC 25, DSU 15.

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