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DSU men fall to U-Mary due to second-half run

The Dickinson State men's basketball program hasn't had easy times against its in-state, higher division rivals. But the Blue Hawks are taking their time to get better.

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Dickinson State senior guard Curtis Redd, center, has a pass deflected by University of Mary junior forward Bryan Jefferson Tuesday at Scott Gymnasium. (Press Photo by Colton Pool)

The Dickinson State men’s basketball program hasn’t had easy times against its in-state, higher division rivals. But the Blue Hawks are taking their time to get better.
NCAA Division II University of Mary used a 53-point second half to grab an 88-66 win over NAIA DSU Tuesday night at Scott Gymnasium.
“It started on the defense and then snowballed into the offensive end,” Blue Hawks head coach Justin Wetzel said. “We are not a good basketball team right now on either end of the floor, and that starts with me as the head coach.”
Five Marauders scored in double figures, led by Brandon Tyler’s 13 points. The senior guard made 3 of 6 attempts from the field and 2 of 4 3-point attempts while shooting 5 for 6 from the free throw line. Senior guard Devan Douglas (11) and junior forward Bryan Jefferson (12) made their contributions as starters, while junior guard Damonta Henry (12) and sophomore guard Brenden Mann (10) came off the bench to give the Marauders a needed boost in the second half.
“I hope that happens all year for us,” Mary head coach Joe Kittell said. “We’ve got a good group of guys who play for each other.”
As a team, Mary hit 29 of 57 shots and 6 of 13 3-pointers. However, DSU couldn’t find a rhythm throughout the game, and it showed from its 20 for 58 shooting (34.5 percent) and 5 of 24 (20.8 percent) from 3-point land.
“We just did a good job in the half-court defense,” Kittell said. “That’s a recipe for success. We got guys open, got good shots and we lowered our turnovers to help us extend the lead out.”
Senior guard Julian Vazquez led the Blue Hawks (1-1) in scoring yet again, tallying 25 points while going 6 for 18 from the field and 3 of 8 from behind the arc. He also hit 10 of 14 free throws, helping DSU’s 84 percent shooting from the charity stripe.
However, only two players - junior forward Gilberto Shojgreen, Jr. recorded 12 points - were in double figures for DSU and only two players scored off the bench.

“We just lost gas. We need to figure out some rotation to get the flow going more and get some energy off the bench,” Vasquez said. “We did our job in the first five minutes, but we need to figure out how to transfer that into the next five minutes, then the next five and next five.”
In the first 10 minutes, the Blue Hawks led Mary 12-11. However, the Marauders would reply with a 10-4 run within 3 minutes and went into halftime with a 35-31 lead.
The first half was led by Vasquez, who scored 11 points on 3 of 10 shooting. He also tied a team-high four rebounds along with Shojgreen.
“We were playing defense right,” Shojgreen said. “We were talking to each other and everything in the first half. I think that’s why we backed off in the second half because we didn’t talk as much on defense.”
The Marauders gained a 61-46 advantage 10 minutes into the frame and were up by as much as 20 before that point.
But that offensive struggle was too much to overcome for the Blue Hawks.
“It’s kind of draining,” Vasquez said. “Shots going in and out, falling short, but there’s a long season ahead. I can feel shots are going to fall.”
DSU will next play Montana State-Northern in Havre, Mont. Tipoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday.
“They’re a quality team that’s very well-coached,” Wetzel said. “Another opportunity to go out and play a high-quality opponent and hopefully get a win and improve.”

University of Mary 88, Dickinson State 66
UM: Marquealis Edwards 2-5 2-2 6, Bryan Jefferson 5-8 2-3 12, Devan Douglas 4-8 2-2 11, Brandon Tyler 3-6 5-6 13, Isaac Lindquist 2-5 0-0 4, Rickey Suggs 2-4 2-4 6, Damonta Henry 5-9 0-0 12, Darius Sparks 0-0 6-6 6, Erron Collins 0-1 2-2 2, Michael Gorder 3-5 0-0 6, Brenden Mann 3-6 3-3 10. Totals: 29-57 6-13 88.
DSU (1-1): Gilberto Shojgreen, Jr. 5-10 2-2 12, Jacob Gondrezick 3-9 0-0 8, Brandon Ruffin 2-5 4-4 8, Curtis Redd 2-5 0-0 4, Julian Vasquez 6-18 10-14 25, Billy Engel 1-3 5-5 7, Myka Brown 0-1 0-0 0, Roybell Baez 0-2 0-0 0, Kolbi Selby 0-1 0-0 0, Brandon Jamar 1-3 0-0 2, Mark Lebsock 0-1 0-0 0, Thomas Cowen 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 20-58 5-24 66.
Halftime: UM 35, DSU 31. Total fouls: UM 24, DSU 25. Technical fouls: DSU, Redd. Fouled out: DSU, Redd. 3-point goals: UM 6-13 (Edwards 0-2, Douglas 1-1, Tyler 2-4, Henry 2-4, Mann 1-2), DSU 5-24 (Gondrezick 2-7, Ruffin 0-1, Redd 0-2, Vasquez 3-8, Engel 0-2, Brown 0-1, Baez 0-1, Selby 0-1, Lebsock 0-1). Rebounds: UM 40 (Edwards 7), DSU 32 (Vasquez 6). Assists: UM 10 (Jefferson 4), DSU 10 (Vasquez 5). Steals: UM 9 (Edwards 4), DSU 7 (Ruffin 3). Blocks: UM 3 (three tied with 1), DSU 3 (Shojgreen 2). Turnovers: UM 20, DSU 18.

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