DSU finally wins big, pushes winning streak to seven
Dickinson State entered Friday night's grudge match against Viterbo (13-10, 5-5) with a four-game conference win streak. Each game, though, had its own unique tense moment. There was an overtime game, a one-point game, a three-point game, and a f...
Dickinson State entered Friday night's grudge match against Viterbo (13-10, 5-5) with a four-game conference win streak.
Each game, though, had its own unique tense moment.
There was an overtime game, a one-point game, a three-point game, and a five-point game.
So Friday evening at Scott Gymnasium, the Blue Hawks (17-7, 9-2) needed a convincing win as bad as head coach Justin Wetzel needed a spa day.
The Blue Hawks jumped out a 19-2 lead, led by 17 at halftime, and kept the pedal down in the second half for a 92-50 win, making their loss in LaCrosse, Wis., seem like more like a bad night than a need to worry.
"It was really comforting to see us come out and execute in all facets, and that led to the point margin, but more so than that it was just nice to see guys commit to 40 minutes and both ends of the floor," Wetzel said, whose Blue Hawks extended their conference lead to 1.5 games with a Bellevue loss Friday night. "People are going to see 92-50 and think, 'How did we lose to them down there?' You're on a bus for 10, 11 hours. That's why road games are so tough."
Defense was the key to the early lead, and the charge was led by 6-foot-8 Gilberto Shojgreen Jr., who recorded three blocks in the first 10 minutes and acted as a general deterrent for the V-Hawks coming into the paint.
On one sequence during that run, Shojgreen Jr. collected a block and outletted to Jerry Shevlin, who calmly stepped into a rhythm three-pointer.
He made that, and after a stop on defense, Reggie Fields Jr. made it 19-2 with a swooping layup on the other end.
It was the loudest Scott Gymnasium has been all season, on their 11th win in as many non-exhibition tries.
"We played better defense this time against them for sure. We were all in our stance, hands were up. Defense started everything this time," Shojgreen Jr. said. "I know I don't do a whole bunch of scoring, so I just try to help out on the other end as much as I can."
He finished with eight points on 4 of 5 shooting, plus six rebounds to go along with his four blocks.
The leading scorer for the Blue Hawks was Marcus White, who threw up a nonchalant 21 on 8 of 10 shooting and 3 of 5 from deep.
Shevlin had 10 and six assists, and three others chipped in eight. DSU shot 56.5 percent as a whole, while Viterbo, off its game from the very start, shot a dismal 27.7 percent.
The main spark plug for the Blue Hawks, playing with his usual bit of energy, was Fields Jr., whose hot midrange shooting led to a 7 of 10 night and 19 points.
"We're just a totally different team than last time we played them," said Fields Jr., whose Blue Hawks have rattled off seven straight since that Jan. 7 loss. "It was a revenge game. We came into this knowing that they beat us at their house. Coach showed us film over and over. It was eating us alive. We were just ready, all around."
DIckinson State 92, Viterbo 50
DSU: Marcus White 21, Reggie Fields Jr. 19, Jerry Shevlin 10, Terrell Butler 8, Konner Goettsche 8, Gilberto Shojgreen Jr. 8, Jake Buck 5, Brandon Jamar 4, Devin Loy 3, Myka Brown 2, Dontae Clark 2, Carter Gallo 2. Totals: 36-62.
VU: Erik Engelstad 11, Jake Bamke 11, Jared Fleischmann 7, Ethan Haberman 6, Jason Tichy 5, Zach Baker 4, Connor George 3, Calvin Pesola 2. Totals: 18-65.
Halftime: 43-36, DSU. Total fouls: VU 21, DSU 15. 3-point goals: VU 6-22 (Engelstad 2-4, Haberman 2-6, George 1-2, Tichy 1-4, Bamke 0-3), DSU 10-21 (White 3-5, Goettsche 2-5, Loy 1-1, Buck 1-2, Butler 1-2). Rebounds: VU 32 (Bamke 7), DSU 45 (Shojgreen Jr. 6). Assists: VU 9 (Fleischmann 3), DSU 17 (Shevlin 6). Steals: VU 6 (Haberman 3), DSU 3 (Three with 3). Blocks: VU 2 (Anderson, George 1), DSU 9 (Shojgreen Jr. 4). Turnovers: VU 12, DSU 11.