Canistota has become familiar with pulling upsets at the Corn Palace. The Hawks delivered again on Saturday.

For the second straight year, Canistota took down the top-ranked Class B team at the Dakota Wesleyan University Culver’s Classic. A year after topping White River, it stunned De Smet, 57-45, in a game it led by double-digits the entire fourth quarter.

“We’ve seen how well (De Smet’s) played defense,” Canistota coach Pat Jolley said. “This is big. This time of the year to beat a team as good as De Smet, it’s very satisfying. I thought our boys worked really hard on defense.”

Canistota’s (14-3) defense forced tough looks in the paint, while Trey Ortman was tasked with slowing down Kalen Garry. It emphasized help defense against the 6-foot-2 sophomore, though Ortman had three steals as Garry was held to 6-for-22 shooting (1-for-7 from 3-point range) during his 18-point, nine-rebound performance.

With Ortman on its leading scorer, De Smet’s offense struggled to get going. The Bulldogs (15-2) were held to six points in the first quarter, and then trailed 24-20 at halftime despite Canistota’s shooting going cold to end the half. De Smet went on a 7-2 run.

With the Bulldogs chipping away at its early lead, the halftime message was clear for Canistota.

“The first thing we said was things were flowing well, but the last five possessions of the second quarter, we didn’t reverse the ball and be patient,” Jolley said. “We were settling for shots.”

Canistota, which shot 41.3 percent and 5-for-13 from 3, answered De Smet’s baskets to open the second half, stopping any potential runs. It built a 36-26 lead with 2 minutes, 35 seconds left in the third. Garry dunked to cut it to eight, but Isiah Robertson nailed a 3-pointer and Canistota led by double-digits the rest of the game.

Robertson’s triple sparked a 13-0 run, which Cole Papendick scored the final eight points of. His physicalness proved crucial off the bench against De Smet’s tough interior defense. The Bulldogs doubled inside, but strong entry passes helped Papendick score a game-high 19 points on 8-for-11 shooting in 15 minutes.

“(We) got the ball inside and got everyone to move around,” Papendick said. “And just get the open shot.”

De Smet’s 33.3 percent shooting and missed layups hampered any comeback efforts. Tory Holland had 10 points and seven rebounds, but no other Bulldogs reached double figures.

Meanwhile, Robertson had 13 points, including eight in the first quarter to help Canistota grab the early momentum. Tyce Ortman added 12 points and five rebounds, while Chase Merrill recorded seven points and eight boards.

“It’s a huge win being able to beat the No. 1 team,” Papendick said. “Now we have to move on and get the other W.”

Canistota hosts Howard on Monday. De Smet plays Deubrook Area on Tuesday in White.

Canistota 57, De Smet 45

Canistota (14-3): Isiah Robertson 5-10 0-1 13, Trey Ortman 1-5 0-1 2, Tyce Ortman 3-7 5-6 12, Colbe Scott 1-3 1-2 4, Chase Merrill 1-9 5-6 7, Logan Katzer 0-1 0-0 0, Blake Anderson 0-0 0-0 0, Cole Papendick 8-11 3-3 19. Team totals: 19-46 14-19 57.

De Smet (15-2): Rett Osthus 4-7 0-0 8, Kalen Garry 6-22 5-8 18, Cody Cavanaugh 1-4 0-0 2, Ethan McCune 2-7 2-4 7, Tory Holland 4-9 2-2 10, Dom Hansen 0-0 0-0 0, Baylor Beck 0-1 0-0 0, Damon Wilkinson 0-1 0-0 0. Team totals: 17-51 9-14 45.

C 13 24 43 57

DS 6 20 28 45

3-pointers: C 5-13 (Robertson 3-5, Tyce Ortman 1-2, Scott 1-3, Trey Ortman 0-1, Merrill 0-1, Katzer 0-1); DS 2-16 (Garry 1-7, McCune 1-4, Cavanaugh 0-2, Holland 0-3). Rebounds: C 29 (Merrill 8, Trey Ortman 6); DS 33 (Garry 9, Holland 7, McCune 6). Assists: C 9 (Trey Ortman 5); DS 5 (Osthus 3). Blocked shots: C 2 (Robertson 2); DS 5 (Garry 2, Holland 2). Steals: C 6 (Trey Ortman 3); DS 4 (Cavanaugh 2). Turnovers: C 10; DS 14. Fouls: C 16; DS 18.