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Defending Champs Tip-off the Conference Season

Nov. 29, 2001 8:56 AM | Updated: Jan. 11th, 2002 7:48 AM
Valley City.The VCSU men’s basketball will play host to the DAC-10 defending champion Dickinson State Blue Hawks this Friday evening. Saturday night Minot State University comes to town for another DAC-10 doubleheader. The contests are scheduled for an 8:00pm CST start following the women’s games at 6:00pm.

VCSU enters the conference season with a 2-3 record. In their most recent action last Saturday, the Vikings polished off the University of Minnesota Morris 78-52. "The Morris victory gives us an obvious confidence boost going into the conference opener" DeHaan commented. "The team traveled and competed well last week. We are anxious to get back to the Bubble and defend our home floor.

Defense is exactly what the Vikings have been playing the last two outings. Their last two opponents have score 60 and 52 points. Offensively, the Vikings have been led by the backcourt duo of Austin McCullough (19ppg) and Paul Henderson (12ppg). Steve Strittmatter leads the team in rebounding, grabbing 6.0 rebounds per contest.

The Dickinson State Blue Hawks (5-3 overall) will bring a lot of fire power on their quest for a third straight DAC-10 title. DSU averages 82ppg and five different Blue Hawks are score 10 points or more per contest. Transfer forward, Konrad Tota (Toronto ON), leads DSU in scoring at 16.8ppg. Wayne Heckaman (New Rockford) is scoring at a 14.0ppg clip.

Minot State (3-5 overall) shocked the University of North Dakota last week 80-76. The Beavers are averaging 78ppg and are led in scoring by Matt Murray (Cheyenne, WY) and Louis Brown (Dallas, TX). They both average 15ppg.

"We need to really get in our stance and set the tone defensively" Coach DeHaan continued. "Both Dickinson and Minot are loaded with offensive weapons. Neutralizing their scoring abilities will be key if we are to earn victories this weekend.

For more information please contact Adam DeHaan.
Phone: 701-845-7161
Fax: 701-845-7211
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