GLENDIVE - The DCC Buccaneers stayed perfect in conference play with a 94-81 win over Bismarck State College on Barefoot Coaching Night in Glendive. Dawson Coach Joe Peterson and his assistants went barefoot for this game to raise awareness of the millions of people worldwide who don't have proper footwear. The win moves Dawson to 19-6 on the year and 8-0 in conference play with a match-up vs. 7-1 North Dakota State College of Science coming on Wednesday night in Glendive.
Bismarck outshot Dawson in every facet including 51% from the field, 46% from the 3 point line and 85% from the free throw line, but Dawson dominated the boards 44-36 and forced Bismarck into 26 turnovers, while scoring 33 points off those turnovers. Dawson slowly built a 15 point half-time lead 53-38 and even though Bismarck outscored them in the second half 43-41, it wasn't enough to overcome the big deficit.
"This was the second straight game we've allowed our opponents to shoot a good percentage," said DCC head coach Joe Peterson. "They hit some tough shots, but we have to be better in our half-court defense to not allow them to get anything easy. Fortunately our pressure created enough turnovers and we did a good job on the boards to offset their good shooting."
Eleven different players scored for Dawson and four were in double figures led by Man Man Baker's 15 points on 6 of 9 shooting to go along with 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Kolten Hitt added 14 points, also shooting 6-9 from the field. Hitt contributed 5 rebounds and 5 steals as well. Kell Schwer's 11 points and Beau Santistevan's 10 points rounded out the double figure scorers.
Bismarck State was led by Kyler McGillis who had 20 points and Jamison Kramer's 18 points.