South Dakota State Claims #SummitMBB Regular Season Title Outright

Feb. 22, 2018 - South Dakota State celebrates its victory over South Dakota, giving the school its first outright regular season Summit League title. Photo by Dave Eggen, Inertia Sports.
Feb. 22, 2018 - South Dakota State celebrates its victory over South Dakota, giving the school its first outright regular season Summit League title. Photo by Dave Eggen, Inertia Sports.

SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 76, SOUTH DAKOTA 72

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) - Mike Daum scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, David Jenkins Jr. added 18 points and a key 3-pointer late, and South Dakota State beat South Dakota 76-72 on Thursday night to win its first outright Summit League regular-season championship.

The Jackrabbits shared the title in 2012-13, 2014-15 and 2015-16 and will be the No. 1 seed in next month's Summit League Championships.

Lane Severyn scored 14 points with four 3s and Reed Tellinghuisen added 13 points for the Jackrabbits (24-6, 12-1), who have won 20 straight at home for the nation's longest active home winning streak.

Trailing by as many as 14 in the first half, the Coyotes tied it at 53 on Matt Mooney's layup, and led 61-57 on his 3 with 6:04 left to play. The lead traded hands until Jenkins' 3 sparked a 9-0 run for a 71-63 Jackrabbits lead. Mooney hit back-to-back 3s and the Coyotes closed to 74-72 on Brandon Armstrong's free throw with two seconds left, but Jenkins iced it with two from the stripe.

Skyler Flatten's dunk put South Dakota State up 33-19 and the Jackrabbits led 40-30 at halftime after 3s by Daum and Jenkins.

Mooney scored 33 points with five 3s for the second-place Coyotes (24-7, 11-3), who saw their six-game win streak end in their regular-season finale. Tyler Peterson added 12 points with 10 boards.


ORAL ROBERTS 83, OMAHA 75

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Albert Owens scored 21 points, Austin Ruder added 17, Javan White contributed 14 points with 12 rebounds and Oral Roberts is assured a top six finish in the Summit League with Thursday's 83-75 win at Omaha.

Oral Roberts (11-20, 5-9) outrebounded Omaha 38-29, which was a factor in the Golden Eagles owning the paint, 46-36, and outscoring Omaha 16-7 on second-chance points.

Daniel Norl pulled Omaha to within 59-58 with 7:16 remaining but Sam Kearns answered with a 3 to spark a 14-2 run for the Golden Eagles and put the game away.

Owens was 9 of 14 from the floor with 11 points coming after halftime when Oral Roberts broke away from a 35-all tie. White scored 10 points in the second half. Kearns scored all 10 points after halftime.

Zach Jackson scored 26 points and Mitch Hahn scored a season-high 23 points for Omaha (9-20, 4-9).


WESTERN ILLINOIS 82, NORTH DAKOTA STATE 74

MACOMB, Ill. (AP) - Isaac Johnson had 29 points and 10 rebounds, Kobe Webster had 15 and 10 to lead Western Illinois to an 82-74 win over North Dakota State on Thursday night.

Delvin Ancrum scored 23 for the Leathernecks (12-14, 3-10 Summit League), who led wire-to-wire, including jumping out to a 10-0 lead to open the game.

The WIU lead reached 13 but the Bison (13-16, 4-9) did not give in. After getting fouled on a 3-point attempt, Jared Samuelson hit all three free throws to make it a one point game with 2:44 left. A quick 8-0 run pushed the lead back to nine, and NDSU never recovered.

The Bison were called for 29 fouls, leading to 41 free throw attempts for the Leathernecks, 31 of which came in the second half. The Leathernecks connected on 80.5 percent (33 of 41).

Paul Miller led NDSU with 27 points.


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