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DSU men's basketball cruises to easy win with shooting barrage

A competitive first half quickly turned into a blowout as blistering shooting from the perimeter lifted the Dickinson State men's basketball team to a 122-72 win over Salish Kootenai College on Friday, Nov. 10 at Scott Gymnasium.

Dickinson State senior guard Brian Neal drives in the lane against the Bison interior defense (Patrick Bernadeau/The Dickinson Press)
Dickinson State senior guard Brian Neal drives in the lane against the Bison interior defense (Patrick Bernadeau/The Dickinson Press)

A competitive first half quickly turned into a blowout as blistering shooting from the perimeter lifted the Dickinson State men's basketball team to a 122-72 win over Salish Kootenai College on Friday, Nov. 10 at Scott Gymnasium.

The Blue Hawks outscored the Bison by 40 in the second half, shooting 63 percent from the field and 15-22 from behind the three-point line.

Dickinson State ended a three-game losing streak and recorded their highest point total of the season thus far.

"We made a lot of threes, so that's good," Dickinson State head coach Josh Vaughn said. "We are just really worried about our defensive effort. Tonight, that's kind of what we were harping on. I wasn't really worried about our offense. Our team usually takes care of itself. If we play hard enough on defense, our offense is usually pretty good. Defensive effort was up and down tonight, we still have to get better at that, but I think we made a little bit of a step in the right direction."

That up-and-down defensive effort was on display from the opening tip as the Bison (0-7) jumped out to a 9-2 lead within the first two minutes of the contest. After an easy drive into the lane and lay-in from Bison guard Aquino Brinson, Vaughn immediately called a timeout and subbed in his second unit.

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Dickinson State (4-3) stabilized matters and regained the lead at the 13:01 mark of the first half following a three-point make from senior guard Carter Gallo. The Blue Hawks entered the halftime break with a 45-35 lead, led by starting senior center Ryan Clark who had 10 points.

"Our starters just didn't come out ready to play," Clark said. "I think we thought it was just going to come to us tonight, but we just weren't ready the start of the game. Our second unit came in and steadied the ship, they got us that lead back and we were able to come back in and keep it going."

DSU senior guard Brian Neal started the second half Blue Hawk barrage. He knocked down four triples in four minutes as the halftime advantage soon doubled to 20. Senior guard Devin Loy entered the fray, canning a team-high five from behind the arc (four of which came in the second half).

Senior forward Konner Goettsche scored 16 of his game-high 23 points in the second half. He finished 9-13 shooting from the field, 4-5 from long distance and chipped in 10 rebounds.

"Ten threes in a row will kind of take the wind out the old sails," Bison head coach Zachary Conko-Camel said. ""We were closing out with our hands down and really weren't closing out. We got overpowered and ran out of juice."

Earlier in the season, Dickinson State defeated Salish Kootenai 99-65 on Oct. 21. Despite success against this particular team, Vaughn's approach entering a contest has less to do with his opponent, but what the Blue Hawks can control.

"I'm not so much worried about the other team in any game really because it's mostly about us," Vaughn said. "A lot of times, it's about our effort and our intensity. Going back to defense, when we are locked in defensively, we're o.k. When we're not, it's going to be tough. So really wanted to focus on us tonight and just be there mentally and defensively."

Dickinson State 122, Salish Kootenai 72

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Salish Kootenai 35 37

Dickinson State 45 77

Salish Kootenai (0-7): Leaders: Aquino Brinson 19, Jeremiah North Piegan 12, Tieson Fryberg 11

Dickinson State (4-3): Leaders: Konner Goettsche 23, Devin Loy 15, Brian Neal 14, Marcus White 13.

Halftime: DSU 45, SKC 35. Total fouls: SKC 16, DSU 15. Fouled out: SKC: Mike Leslie. 3-point goals: SKC 5-24 (Brinson 1-4, Fryberg 1-3, Jaydon Baustista 1-4, Shambo 1-6, McNigeau 1-3.), DSU 20-37 (Loy 5-6). Rebounds: SKC 36 (Brinson 6), DSU 50 (Goettsch 10). Assists: SKC 12 (Fryberg 5), DSU 31 (Akeem Williams 9). Steals: SKC 5 (Brinson 2, Baustista 2), DSU 10 (Shelvin 3, Buler 3). Blocks: SKC 1 (Fryberg 1), DSU 7 (White 3). Turnovers: SKC 20, DSU 13.

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