SPEARFISH — Black Hills State University took control in the first half Monday night and downed Dakota State 91-53 in a nonconference men’s basketball game at the Young Center, in Spearfish.

“We were hoping that we’d be sharp, have a good game, and be able to get some more guys some game experience,” said Yellow Jackets’ head coach Ryan Thompson, whose team led 45-27 at halftime. “It worked out that way, and I was really pleased with our bench.”

Joel Scott’s 3-point field goal staked Black Hills State to a 5-2 lead. Dakota State cut the margin to 5-4 when Josh McGreal scored from close range.

Scott connected on two field goals, one from 3-point range, as the Yellow Jackets opened a 10-4 lead. Stefan Desnica and Scott combined for three free throws to put Black Hills State ahead 13-4.

Jordan McGlory’s inside basket, Scott’s 3-point field goal, and Desnica’s layup extended the Yellow Jacket advantage to 20-4.

The visiting Trojans responded with a 9-3 run. Anthony Costello connected on a jump shot as Dakota State trailed by only 23-13.

Tyler Oliver converted a driving layup as the Yellow Jackets extended their edge to 29-17. His subsequent steal and dunk capped a 4-2 run that made the score 33-19.

Black Hills State used Antonio Capley’s inside basket and Oliver’s two layups to end an 8-2 run and open a 43-23 cushion for Black Hills State en route to the halftime advantage.

The Yellow Jackets shot 64 percent (18 of 28) from the field and claimed a 21-8 rebounding edge during the first 20 minutes. Capley pulled down six rebounds to pace Black Hills State.

Scott finished with 24 points for the Yellow Jackets, who placed five players in double figures. Oliver (14 points), Capley (12), McGlory (10), and Desnica (10) followed.

Gare Ewefada’s 22 points enabled him to top Dakota State’s scoring charts. Costello added 13 points for the Trojans; Brady Van Holland contributed 10 points.

Thompson praised Snjolfur Steffansson, Tommy Donovan, and McGlory for their efforts coming off the bench. He said this game did a lot for their confidence.

“We’re going to need to find a few more guys to give us some reliable depth, night in and night out, as we get into our conference season,” Thompson said. He added Capley also enjoyed a good game, with Oliver excelling on defense.

Black Hills State scoring: Joel Scott 24, Tyler Oliver 14, Antonio Capley 12, Stefan Desnica 10, Jordan McGlory 10, Snjolfur Steffansson 8, Tommy Donovan 8, Colton Larson 3, Sava Dukic 2. Totals 37 field goals, nine of 15 from the free throw line, 91 points.

Dakota State scoring: Gare Ewefada 22, Anthony Costello 13, Brady Van Holland 10, Josh McGreal 4, Cole Bruhn 2, Carson Rentz 2. Totals 24 field goals, one of six from the free throw line, 53 points.

Field goal percentages: Black Hills State 57 (37-64), Dakota State 45 (24-53)

Three-point field goals: Black Hills State 8 (Scott 3, Desnica 2, McGlory 2, Steffansson 1), Dakota State 4 (Van Holland 2, Ewefada 2)

Rebounds: Black Hills State 45 (Capley 11), Dakota State 17 (Brady Elder 4)

Turnovers: Black Hills State 14, Dakota State 15

Total fouls: Black Hills State 10, Dakota State 16

Black Hills State (3-3) returns to Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play this Friday when it visits Westminster. Tipoff time is set for 7:30 p.m.

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