Dakota State men and women shock Bellevue

MADISON, S.D. (DSUAthletics.com) – Dakota State women’s basketball held Bellevue (Neb.), the preseason favorite to win the league title, to just 15 first-half points Saturday afternoon and rolled to a 77-57 North Star Athletic Association women’s basketball season opener at DSU Fieldhouse. The Trojans finished the game by shooting 50 percent overall from the field and never trailed in the forty-minute basketball game.

Four DSU players hit double digits in scoring, paced by Morgan Koepsell with 15 points off the bench (7-of-10 field goals). She also grabbed five rebounds and registered three blocked shots. Courtney Menning added 14 points and tallied a career-high seven rebounds. She also dished out three assists and stole the ball twice.

Dakota State concludes their five-game home stand next Saturday as they host Waldorf (Iowa) in the North Star conference action.  Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. at DSU Fieldhouse.

Dakota State men’s basketball kicked off their North Star Athletic Association men’s basketball season Saturday evening, hosting the league preseason favorite Bellevue (Neb.) at DSU Fieldhouse.  After a defensive battle in the first half, the Trojans sparked a 13-2 second half run and held off the Bruins in a thrilling finish by the score of 63-60. 

Dakota State earned its first win of the season, improving to 1-3 overall record and 1-0 NSAA conference.  Bellevue, receiving votes recognition in the NAIA Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Preseason Poll, fell to 6-7 overall record and 0-1 NSAA conference record.

Ronnie Latting paced the Trojans with a season-high 17 points (6-of-10 field goals and 5-of-6 free-throws). He also grabbed seven rebounds. Josh McGreal, who was honored before the game with his 1,000-career points milestone, finished the game with 13 points. Jordan Lynn produced his first double-double of the season with season-highs of 12 points and 10 rebounds. He stole the ball twice.

Dakota State hosts Oak Hills Christian (Minn.) in a non-conference contest at DSU Fieldhouse Sunday afternoon.  The game is set for 3 p.m.