DSU Men Go 5-3 Over the Holiday Break; Improve to 12-5 Overall
The Trojans have been off to a very hot start season and they have continued to get better and better as they continue to play later into the season. They are sitting at a 11-4 record overall. Before the school break the Trojans only suffered two losses, both were against Northwestern Iowa.
After their second loss on the season the Trojans beat the Mayville State Comets in overtime with a score of 82-81. The Trojans then came back home on December 21st to take on #19 Bellevue from Nebraska. They edged out Bellevue with a score of 61-59 getting a big win against the team who beat them by 30 last season.
After Christmas, the team dropped two in a row to Briar Cliff and Morningside moving their record to 9-4. The Trojans had a nice break for the new year and came back hungry and extremely focused, handing Midland (Neb.) a 75-69 loss and #10 Dordt College an 83-65 bashing.
“Those two losses humbled us and we came back hungry and playing together as a family,” said senior guard Tyrone Gordon Jr.
The Dordt game was a huge statement for the Trojans. They played tough and stingy defense. This was the best display of team defense I have ever seen the Trojans play. The Trojans also knocked down a lot of free throws, something that has haunted them in close games in the past. They now rank #6 in the nation for free-throw percentage with the team shooting 73.5% from the line.
After defeating Dordt the Trojans traveled out to west river and took lost in OT to South Dakota Tech and beat Oglala Lakota on Sunday moving their record to 12-5.
John Lamb is leading the Trojans in scoring average with 14 Points per Game. Yusef Vinson leads the team averaging 7.57 rebounds per game. Terrel Newton averages 3.23 assists a game.
Featured: Tyrone Gordon Jr. displays his airtime as he goes up for a layup against Dordt on January 9 in an 83-65 win. Photo provided by DSU Athletics.