DSU falls to No. 6 Jimmies in Non-conference match-Up

Young Blue Hawks squad unable to overcome offensive struggles in 94-64 home loss 

DSU head basketball coach Derek Selvig talking to his players during a timeout.
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DICKINSON — The Blue Hawks faced a tough challenge as they prepared to enter a stretch of conference play, taking on the No. 6 University of Jamestown’s Jimmies in their final non-conference game.

Jamestown would prove to be too strong, dominating the Blue Hawks and winning by a margin of 30 points for a final score of 94-64. The loss marks the second consecutive loss to Jamestown this season, their previous matchup being in November.

Jamestown player scoring off the glass.
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The Blue Hawks struggled offensively in the first half, but managed to keep the deficit at 11 points heading into the locker room.

The second half would prove just as challenging as Dickinson State struggled to find open players and create scoring opportunities, leading to an unusually high number of missed shots. Their woes were not only in scoring, the Blue Hawks turned the ball over consistently and disrupted their own offensive flow which prevented them from getting into a rhythm.

Despite being outsized and outplayed by Jamestown, a team outside of their conference, the Blue Hawks coaching staff said they were taking the loss in stride.


John Evans (5) collecting a rebound.
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“This is a team that scores a bunch of points, they have a really high powered offense and the best player in the country on their team so we feel pretty good about the effort we gave defensively,” Derek Selvig, DSU head coach said. “We play really hard, but we do make young mistakes, inexperienced mistakes, and that is okay right now. It's the growing pains.”

Shooting at a rate of just over 50%, the Jimmies had four players in double digits, led by star athlete Mason Walter, who recorded a double-double with 22 points and 12 rebounds.

Mason Walters taking a shot from downtown.
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Despite the lopsided score, Blue Hawks coach Selvig praised his team's effort on defense.

Tyce Dahlberg led the Blue Hawks in rebounds with seven, six of which were defensive glass. On the offensive end, Josiah Haaland, the Blue Hawks' big man, scored a team-high 14 points and grabbed three rebounds. The Blue Hawks are a relatively young team this year, and gave four freshman players the opportunity to gain experience in the game, who combined for 16 points.

Josiah Haaland (55) executing a two-handed dunk.
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“We are probably younger than any team we have played all year. We don't have a single senior on the team, three juniors and the rest are sophomores and freshmen,” Selvig said. “We turned it over too much in the first half and that has been hurting us the last few games. That is something that has been emphasized in pregame talks, in game, after the game and we just gotta figure it out because we are just turning the ball over a little too much.”

DSU will hit the road and leave the state for a pair of conference games this weekend, facing Bellevue on Friday and Dakota State on Saturday. Despite the defeat to Jamestown, Blue Hawks coach Selvig said that the team will move on and look to bounce back with strong performances in these upcoming games.

Britton Cranston stretch his arm out for a finger roll basket.
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Josiah C. Cuellar was born in San Angelo, Texas, a small rural community in the western part of the state known for its farming, ranching and beautiful Concho River. A Texas A&M San Antonio graduate specializing in multi-media reporting, Cuellar is an award winning photographer and reporter whose work focuses on community news and sports.
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