SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – The Delta State men’s basketball team wrapped up its foreign tour in the Dominican on Friday and Saturday. DSU fell to Mauricio Baez, 73-66, in game two and the Dominican National Team, 76-51, in the finale.
Delta State played hard in game two against Mauricio Baez but came up a little short. The Statesmen shot 48 percent from the floor, 23-of-48. As a team, DSU grabbed 38 rebounds and dished out 16 assists. Freshman PJ Davis led the way with 15 points and six rebounds. Jack Madgen added 12 points with Devin Schmidt tacking on seven. Alister Chisholm and Zelvin Smith Jr each scored eight, while Brice Rowe contributed seven.
Game three featured the Statesmen and the Dominican National Team. A great effort in the second half by DSU held its opponent to 28 points in the last 20 minutes of play, but it was not enough to earn the win.
Three Statesmen donated eight points in Schmidt, Davis, and Smith. Madgen was close behind with seven points while also dishing out four assists. Ethan Gillis and Jamal Hester each added four points with Chisholm bringing down four rebounds and providing four assists. As a team, the Green-and-White shot 17 of 37 from the field, 2 of 11 from behind the arc, and 9 of 13 from the free throw line.
The foreign tour proved to be a great experience for the Statesmen and added much needed playing time before the start of the 2014-15 season. Head coach Jim Boone said the experience was better than anticipated. “We discovered information about our team that practice just cannot replicate: who we are, our deficiencies and strengths, and more importantly who we can become and what we need to do to reach our goals. The playing experience was invaluable. The level of competition was such that we, as a coaching staff, were able to get a great evaluation of our team.”