Shooting slump hurts Dickinson State Blue Hawks men's basketball in loss to Mayville State Comets

MAYVILLE -- Dickinson State head men's basketball coach Justin Wetzel said his team just needed one more play.Mayville State beat DSU 59-56 in the final seconds on Wednesday night to hand the Blue Hawks their first North Star Athletic Association...

MAYVILLE - Dickinson State head men’s basketball coach Justin Wetzel said his team just needed one more play.
Mayville State beat DSU 59-56 in the final seconds on Wednesday night to hand the Blue Hawks their first North Star Athletic Association loss of the season.
“We could not buy a bucket,” Wetzel said. “I thought we were getting good looks and I thought we were sharing the ball. We just couldn’t get a 3-point shot.”

DSU (10-9, 3-1 NSAA) shot 37 percent from the floor, but just 1 of 13 from the 3-point line and 5 of 12 from the free-throw line.
The Comets (11-7, 1-4 NSAA) were 33 percent from the field and made 9 of 12 free throws.
DSU’s Reggie Fields Jr. came off the bench and led all scorers with 20 points. Julian Vasquez and Curtis Redd each scored 12. However, only four other players scored for DSU.
What didn’t help, Wetzel said, was losing starting point guard Jacob Gondrezick to an ankle injury prior to the game.
“We tried to get downhill,” Wetzel said. “We just weren’t able to finish. We just couldn’t get through contact and struggled offensively.”
The Comets were led by Jamal Branco’s 17 points and Chuck Robinson’s 15. MSU also forced DSU into 15 turnovers on the defensive end.
“They played really well at home,” Wetzel said. “They did a good job of limiting us to one shot. We didn’t get a ton of second-chance opportunities. We knew they were going to be prepared and did heck of a job.”
However, DSU also forced the Comets into 13 turnovers and tallied six blocks and six steals - a result, Wetzel said, of his team keeping emotions in check.
“We make our free throws and this is a runaway,” Wetzel said. “But (we) competed. If they weren’t tough tonight, it could’ve been a blowout against us. We stayed tough and guarded, and that’s what gave us a chance to win at the end.”
DSU hosts Dakota State at 6 p.m. Saturday at Scott Gymnasium in another NSAA contest.
“We’re still tied for first,” Wetzel said of DSU’s conference record. “It’s important to not get caught up in one game, but we’ve got to be tougher to win on the road. … The league has gotten so much better even since the one year I’ve been here. Our guys really competed and our defense kept us in the game, but we needed one more play.”

DSU (10-9, 3-1 NSAA): Stephon Dafney 1-7 3-3 6, Gilberto Shojgreen Jr. 1-2 0-0 2, Billy Engel 1-5 0-0 2, Curtis Redd 6-20 0-0 12, Julian Vasquez 5-18 2-3 12, Reggie Fields Jr. 10-12 0-4 20, Brandon Jamar 1-3 0-2 2, Thomas Cowen 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 25-68 5-12 56.
MSU (11-7, 1-4 NSAA): Jordan Villebrun 1-3 0-2 2, Chuck Robinson 6-17 3-3 15, A.B. Najee 1-5 2-2 5, Jamal Branco 7-18 2-2 17, Darnell Landon 4-9 0-0 11, Conor Quinn 1-3 1-2 3, Terrance Lockett 0-3 0-0 0, Antar Johnson 0-2 0-0 0, Aidan Quinn 1-2 0-0 3, Kiree Robinson 1-3 1-1 3, Garek Droog 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 22-66 9-12 59.
Halftime: MSU 26, DSU 24. Total fouls: DSU 16, MSU 18. 3-point goals: DSU 1-13 (Dafney 1-5, Engel 0-3, Redd 0-2, Vasquez 0-3), MSU 6-20 (Najee 1-3 Branco 1-5, Landon 3-5, C. Quinn 0-2, Johnson 0-2, A. Quinn 1-2, Robinson 0-1). Rebounds: DSU 44 (Fields 11), MSU 46 (Villebrun 13). Assists: DSU 9 (Dafney 4), MSU 11 (Villebrun 4). Steals: DSU 6 (Dafney 3), MSU 5 (two tied with 2). Blocks: DSU 6 (Jamar 3), MSU 7 (Robinson 3). Turnovers: DSU 13, MSU 15.

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