DICKINSON, ND- The Dickinson State University Men's Basketball team was unable to sustain a second half comeback bid and fell to Minot State University (NCAA Division II).
Early foul troubled forced the Blue Hawk's to shuffle the lineup throughout the first-half. Eleven different blue hawks found the court in the first half and helped minimize the damage. Minot State used a balanced attack that included 8 different players scoring to take a 34-32 advantage heading into the locker room.
The Blue Hawks came out firing in the second half and went on an early 15-2 run to take the lead. After a quiet first half Blue Hawk senior Julian Vasquez scored 15 points in the second half leading to a game high 22 points.
The Beavers took on an aggressive approach which allowed them to climb back into the game. Minot State benefited from 27 second half free throw attempts as they turned their deficit into a lead. The Blue Hawks were only able to reach the line twice in the second half.
The Beavers built a six 72-66 lead with under five minutes remaining in the game. A mini run from the Blue Hawks gave Dickinson State a chance to take the lead with the ball down 72-71. A flurry at the rim resulted in four missed shots which proved to be closest the Blue Hawks would get to retaking the lead.
Minot State was led by Stevan Jovanovic who had a strong second half and 17 points overall. Close behind Jovanovic was Chris Davis with 16 points. Tyler Rudolph added 15 points and a team high 9 rebounds. Overall the Beavers were 20 for 51 (39%) from the field, 6 for 19 (31%) from behind the arc, and 32 for 43 (74%) from the free throw line.
Brandon Ruffin proved to be a sparkplug throughout the game while registering a double-double for Blue Hawks. Ruffin had game highs in rebounds, 10, and assists, 3, while chipping in 15 points. Curtis Redd and Jacob Gondrezick also found double figures with 17 and 11 points respectively.
Dickinson State closes out their three-game home stand on Tuesday, November 3rd against the University of Mary at 7:30 PM (MDT).