An all-around team effort lifted Dakota Wesleyan to another easy win over Dakota State at the TeamMakers Holiday Classic Saturday night at the Corn Palace.
In the Tigers' 88-57 win, three different DWU players scored in double figures and seven players had seven points or more. It was the second win for Wesleyan over the Trojans this season after DWU had beat DSU 89-72 on Dec. 16.
The No. 14 Tigers are now 13-2 on the season and re-enter Great Plains Athletic Conference play Friday night with a 6 p.m. tip against Dana College in Blair, Neb.
The Tigers jumped out to a 10-0 lead with 18:04 left in the first half after a three from Seim and they built up a 17-2 edge with 15:26 remaining in the half when Marcus Vontz nailed a three-pointer from the right corner.
"I think (Dakota State) was a little tired after playing Sioux Falls (Friday)," DWU head coach John Hemenway said. "They got back in the game late and made a great effort in that one. They just ran out of gas at the end. Any time you jump on a team 17-2, you take that and you run with it.
"We played better this time around. We were sharper and moved the ball better. We got a lot of looks at the basket."
DWU senior All-American forward Brock Seim led the Tigers with 17 points and eight rebounds and was also named the MVP of the Classic.
DWU sophomore forward Preston Broughton, who also made the all-tournament team, finished with 16 points, senior center Jesse Block had 11 points, four boards and three assists, Andrew Lasche had seven points and four assists and Keaton Cummings had nine points and eight boards.
It was that kind of balanced performance that made the Trojans look a lot more outmatched than the teams' previous meeting. Getting out to a fast start didn't hurt, either.
"We knew we wanted to come out and get up on them early," Block said. "Sioux Falls did the same thing (Friday), but then Dakota State got back in it. We didn't want that to happen. We got after them. We played relaxed and having a big lead helps you play like that."
Wesleyan had its first 20-plus point lead when Seim culminated a three-point play with 7:29 on the clock in the first to make it 35-13.
In the second half, Wesleyan had its first 30-point lead at 68-38 when Broughton hit two free throws. The Tigers eventually built up a 40-point lead in the second half before DSU made it closer at the end.
The three-some of Block, Cummings and Elliot Neuheisel did a solid job on the Trojans' Joe Backus, who finished with 10 points and seven rebounds before fouling out midway through the second half. The Trojans' leading scorer had been averaging 19.4 points and 7.5 rebounds a game headed into the Classic.
"Coach (Hemenway) came up to me, Elliot and Keaton and said to take it personally guarding him," Block said. "It makes you play a little harder when the coach calls you out a little bit."
The Tigers shot 33-of-68 from the field, 4-of-19 from three-point range and 18-of-24 from the free-throw line. DSU outrebounded Wesleyan 46-45. The Trojans had 18 turnovers to Wesleyan's 10.
DSU (1-12) shot 21-of-68 from the floor, 4-of-22 from downtown and 11-of-17 from the line. Jordan Hughes led the Trojans with 17 points.
Note: Also named to the all-tournament team were Backus, Sioux Falls' Dylan Kvaale and Peru State's Joe Mews.
DAKOTA WESLEYAN 88,
DAKOTA STATE 57
Dakota State (1-12)
Joe Backus 4-8 2-5 10, Adam Nielson 1-3 2-2 4, Bryce Kreutzfeldt 0-7 2-4 2, Derek Powell 1-10 0-0 2, Josh Magbuhat 2-6 2-2 6, Jordan Hughes 7-17 0-0 17, Andy Hansen 3-5 0-0 7, Aaron Noteboom 1-4 0-0 2, Brett Gardner 0-1 0-0 0, Brian Bolin 2-7 3-4 7. Totals 21-68 11-17 57.
Dakota Wesleyan (13-2)
Brock Seim 6-11 4-5 17, Preston Broughton 6-8 4-4 16, Jesse Block 5-5 1-1 11, Andrew Lasche 3-7 0-0 7, Marcus Vontz 3-7 0-0 8, Rocky Nelson 0-1 4-6 4, Jason Beck 0-0 0-0 0, Jered Hokenson 1-4 1-1 3, Greg Walker 4-11 1-3 9, Keaton Cummings 4-8 1-2 9, Elliot Neuheisel 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 33-68 18-24 88.
Halftime Score--DWU 50, DSU 28. Three-point goals--DWU 4-19 (Vontz 2-3), DSU 4-22 (Hughes 3-10). Rebounds--DSU 46 (Backus 7), DWU 45 (Seim, Cummings 8). Assists--DWU 21 (Lasche 4), DSU 8. Steals--DWU 7, DSU 6. Blocks--DWU 4 (Walker 2), DSU 2 (Bolin). Turnovers--DSU 18, DWU 10. Total Fouls--DSU 21, DWU 15. Fouled Out--Backus. Technical Fouls--None.