Jason Ralph, left, and Rashad Satahoo
|Valley City State (N.D.) 15-13, 7-7 NSAA||47||43||90|
|Dakota State 14-14, 7-7 NSAA||45||30||75|
|Feb. 11, 2017|
|#14 Jason Ralph - 23||Points
||#0 Brendon Boomsma - 17|
|#22 Austin Dunbar - 14||Rebounds
||#15 Kyle Kilgore - 10|
|#14 Jason Ralph - 9||Assists
||#24 Tanner Heiser - 6|
|56.9% (33 - 58)
||Field Goals %
||43.8% (28 - 64)|
|54.5% (12 - 22)
||3 Point Field Goals %
||36.8% (7 - 19)|
|66.7% (12 - 18)
||80% (12 - 15)|
|6||2nd Chance Pts
MADISON, S.D. – Jason Ralph knocked down seven 3's and scored a career-high 23 points Saturday night as the VCSU men's basketball team picked up a crucial road win, 90-75 at Dakota State University.
Ralph was a perfect 7-for-7 from 3-point range and the Vikings blistered the nets all night in Madison. VCSU shot 57 percent overall and 55 percent on 3's in the victory, which avenges a loss to Dakota State earlier this season in Valley City.
VCSU is now 15-13 overall and 7-7 in conference play. Dakota State drops to 14-14 overall and 7-7 in the conference. The two teams are currently tied for fifth in the NSAA standings with two games remaining.
The Vikings held a slim 47-45 lead at halftime and did not trail in the second half. After Dakota State trimmed the lead to one point – 53-52 with 15:02 remaining – the Vikings scored the next 10 points as part of a 21-4 run that broke the game open. Rashad Satahoo started the game-changing run with a 3-pointer and Jayden Ferguson capped it with a 2-pointer to give VCSU its biggest lead of the game at 74-56. The Trojans got no closer than 14 points the rest of the way.
Ralph, who played all 40 minutes, had a career night all around to lead VCSU. His 7-for-7 performance from 3-point range sets a new school record for single-game 3-point percentage (minimum six attempts). He also had a career-high nine assists. The Vikings assisted on 21 of their 33 field goals and shot 33-for-58 from the field (57 percent) and 12-for-22 on 3's (55 percent).
Rashad Satahoo and Jayden Ferguson each scored 20 points for the Vikings. Austin Dunbar had his conference-leading 11th double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds. It was Dunbar's third straight double-double and his fourth in the last five games. Ellwood Ellenson added nine points and seven rebounds. VCSU's five starters scored 88 of the 90 points and all played more than 34 minutes.
Dakota State had four players in double figures led by 17 points by Brendon Boomsma. The Trojans shot 44 percent from the field and 37 percent on 3's.
Up next: VCSU (15-13, 7-7 NSAA) closes the regular season at home with games Friday against Presentation College and Saturday against University of Jamestown.