NDSCS comes from behind to beat Dawson

NDSCS comes from behind to beat Dawson

In a back and forth game that included 7 ties and 16 lead changes, Dawson held an 8 point advantage and seemed in control of the game after Taylan Barrett scored on an offensive rebound and put back.  But helped by 2 DCC turnovers along with 5 straight points by Ismail Soumare, the visitors got right back into the game.  Melvin Newbern scored 4 straight free-throws to tie the game with 4:07 remaining.  For the Bucs, Tate Savoie made a free-throw and Brent Finn made a 3-pointer to give them a four point lead with under 3 minutes left.  Marquis Holloman answered with a 3-pointer of his own.  Savoie answered back with a lay-up with 1:30 left.  That was the last field goal the Bucs would make.  Melvin Newbern hit a bucket inside and then followed it up with a couple of free throws on the next possession to put the Wildcats up by 1.  Down the stretch they made every free throw and closed it out for a 7 point victory 81-74. 

The first half was a tense affair with both teams battling hard.  Baker scored 13 in the opening half to get NDSCS off to a good start.  Finn was hot for the home team with 13 points.  The visitors built an 8 point lead at 31-23, but Dawson fought back in the final five minutes and eventually claimed a lead with 38 seconds remaining on a 3-pointer by Finn.  Newbern scored with 16 seconds remaining to put them back up, but Tyrel Harper hit a runner with 2 seconds remaining in the half to give the Bucs a lead going into the locker room at 42-41. 

The Bucs built on their lead in the second half behind the scoring of Finn and Harper before the Wildcats came roaring back to win it.  The stats show a very even game in rebounding (36-35), assists (10-10), and shooting percentages (44%-42%), but the difference in the game was the 25 turnovers the Bucs committed compared to 18 for NDSCS. 

Finn finished with 23 points including 5 from long range.  Harper contributed 17 points and 6 rebounds.  Melvin Newbern led the visitors with 22 points and Sam Baker had 20.  The loss drops DCC to 14-5 on the season and 1-1 in the conference race.  The defending conference champion Wildcats are now 14-4 and 2-0 in the conference. 

DCC will go on the road to face Lake Region State College on Sunday before returning home next Thursday night.