Strong performances from Ackelson, Morey, Russell not enough as Blue Hawks fall, 84-78

Strong performances from Ackelson, Morey, Russell not enough as Blue Hawks fall, 84-78

DICKINSON, N.D. – The Blue Hawks could not hold off the Griffins on Thursday (Jan. 30) in a Frontier Conference game, as Dickinson State fell 84-78.  The Blue Hawks are now 7-14 overall and 2-7 in Frontier play.

The first 15 points of the game were scored by just two players.  Dickinson State senior guardTy Ackelson and Westminster guard Blake Skidmore got off to a hot start.  Skidmore made a three and 18 seconds later Ackelson responded with a three of his own.  Skidmore drove down and put up two in the paint.  Ackelson did the same.  Westminster guard Quincy Bair took the first shot of the game not by Skidmore or Ackelson with 18:23 to go in the first.  Bair's shot missed and junior guard Mackenson Odenier pulled in the board for Dickinson State. Ackelson drove down and hit a three to give the Blue Hawks a three point lead, 8-5.  Skidmore put up two more in the paint before a basket would be made by any other player on the court.

The first seven minutes of the game were tightly contested as Dickinson State and Westminster all but traded baskets.  With 12:44 to play in the first half junior Isiah Thomas put in a second chance effort in the paint to put the Blue Hawks up 17-16.  Junior guardTevin Russell would knock down a three following a turnover by Colton Moon and the Blue Hawks would retain the lead until the clock dwindled down to 38 seconds.  The Griffins would end the half on a 7-0 run and entered the locker room with a 44-42 lead.

After a three point shot by Moon to give Westminster a five point lead, Dickinson State tied the game at 49-49 after Ackelson picked up two more points in the paint.  Westminster forward Tallon Robertson registered two in the paint the next possession for the Griffins and they would hold a slim lead for the remainder of the game.

Skidmore finished with 25 points, while Robertson pulled in 24.  Nick Jenson registered a team high seven rebounds.  Colton Moon tallied four assists. The Griffins finished with 29 rebounds, 10 assists, 10 turnovers, and a shooting percentage of 55.4.

The Blue Hawks were led offensively by three strong performances.  The first was Ackelson's 20 points, the second senior guard Robbie Morey's 19, and finally Russell's 15 points and six assists.  Odenier led Dickinson State with six assists.  The Blue Hawks finished with 36 rebounds, 11 assists, and a shooting percentage of 44.8.

Dickinson State will be back on the court on Saturday (Feb. 1) for Hank Biesiot Night.  The Blue Hawks will host the University of Montana-Western with tip-off scheduled for 4 p.m.