Champion: South Dakota State
Score: No. 2 South Dakota State 61, No. 5 North Dakota State 55
Records: South Dakota State (26-7), North Dakota State (20-13)
Location: Denny Sanford PREMIER Center - Sioux Falls, S.D.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota State won its third Summit League Men's Basketball Tournament championship in five years with a 67-59 victory over North Dakota State Tuesday night.
The victory gives SDSU, 26-7, the Summit League's automatic qualifier berth in the NCAA Division I tournament. The Jacks won league titles in 2012 and 2013 while NDSU was the two-time defending champion after beating SDSU 57-56 in last year's final. The Bison are now 20-13.
The title game drew 10,188 fans giving the four day even a combined (men and women) a tournament record 65,533 in attendance.
The game was tied six times in the first half with eight lead changes. After Mike Daum gave SDSU the lead at 24-23 with a pair of free throws, Ian Thiesen and Keaton Moffitt hit three pointers for the Jacks but Carlin Dupree countered with a pair of treys for the Bison, the second at the buzzer, and SDSU led 30-29 at halftime.
NDSU took its last lead of the game at 40-39 on a basket by Paul Miller. SDSU came right back with a jumper by Moffitt to regain the lead, then went on a 9-2 run which included back-to-back baskets by Deandre Parks, giving SDSU a 50-42 lead. The margin grew to 11 when Parks nailed a three pointer for a 59-48 spread with 4:08 to play.
NDSU got back within five, on a pair of free throws by Dupree with 2:41 to go, but the Jacks maintained a two possession lead the rest of the way, wrapping it up with a pair of free throws by George Marshall with 13 seconds left.
SDSU put four players in double figures, led by Daum with 18 points and a team high nine rebounds. Parks scored 14, Moffitt 11 (he hit 5 of 6 field goal tries) and Marshall scored 10.
Dupree led NDSU with 19 points and Khy Kabellis scored 17.
SDSU shot 40 per cent for the game, 22 of 55, and fashioned a 39-26 rebounding advantage. NDSU shot 42.9 percent, 21 of 49.
Trailing by just one at halftime, North Dakota State finally overtook the Jackrabbits 40-39 with 14:13 in the game on a Paul Miller free throw. South Dakota State responded by scoring 11 of the game's next 13 points over the following three minutes of play. The Bison were never able to cut it to a one-possession game and the Jacks came away with the 67-59 victory.
News & Notes
- Tonight's attendance was 10,188, the highest for any Summit League Championship game in history.
- Total attendance for The Summit League Men's Tournament was 36,661, a new record by over 1,000. The combined men's and women's attendance was 65,533, also a new record by over 5,000.
- South Dakota State won its third Summit League Tournament title after having repeated in 2012 and 2013.
- With its third Summit League Tournament Championship, South Dakota State moved into a tie for second on the all-time list. SDSU also improved to 14-5 (.737) all-time in the tournament and took over the top spot in that category.
- North Dakota State and South Dakota State met in the championship game for the second consecutive season and third time in the past five years
Mike Daum, South Dakota State (MVP)
Carlin Dupree, North Dakota State
Max Landis, Fort Wayne
Deondre Parks, South Dakota State
Joe Rosga, Denver
South Dakota State advances to the NCAA Tournament. The Jackrabbits await its tournament pairing, which will air Sunday, March 13 on ESPN.