Men's Basketball - Sun, Feb. 24, 2013
On Saturday's senior night, DSU shutdown No. 22 in the nation Montana State University - Northern 64-49.
DSU went with an all senior line-up to start both halves.
The defensive rebounding limited the Northern possessions. Transition baskets were caused by a Blue Hawk defense that forced 14 turnovers and seven from MSU Northern's starting guards.
"We had to leave it all out there. No matter how tired we got we pushed through it," said Hayden.
"We did a little bit of everything. We did different zones, full-court press, and man to man. Everyone was hungry to get stops and motivated," said Hansen.
MSU – Northern was held to 22 first half points. The Hawks led at the half by five. A half time offensive adjustment by DSU head basketball coach Ty Orton
gave birth to a big momentum swing.
According to senior forward Johnie Sanders
, the offense was focused on attacking the lanes and finding open shooters.
"I told the guys in shoot-around we were going to be throwing everything at them. They bought into it, went after it and did all the little things," said Orton. "They left everything on the court," said Orton.
DSU ended the night on a 6-0 run, but it was senior guard John Hanstad
that buried a three at the 16:52 mark that gave the Blue Hawks a double digit lead.
Guard Alfie Miller and forward Corbie Pearson of the Lights got the game within three points around the twelve minute mark but DSU responded dramatically.
Hanstad opened the game back up to a two possession game when he was fouled by Roshawn West of MSU - Northern on a three with 10:20 to play. Hanstad hit all three free throws.
The seniors continued to respond as Hayden drove to the hoop for two and Sanders buried a signature Johnie Sanders
"It was really fun tonight. We all played together," said Hayden. "We all had very little wiggle room and we all did well on the offensive end."
Hansen led all scorers with 19 points. He was 7/11 from the field, 2/4 from deep and 3/4 from the free throw line.
"People were just finding me. Towards the end of the game there were open lanes for me to attack because my whole team was opening up the floor," said Hansen.
Junior Robbie Morey
had his way getting into the lane. The 6-2 guard had 16 points on 5/6 shooting.
The senior class went out on a high note for DSU winning their last two games at Scott Gym.
"It was like a championship game to me," said Sanders. "It's awesome to go out on a win with a group of guys you really care about," said Hayden.
"It feels great to go out on a win and I couldn't have asked to do this with a better group of guys," said Sterkel.