#SummitMBB Weekly Notebook: No. 16

Omaha senior Mitch Hahn has delivered several key late-game baskets and has the Mavs at 10-2 in league play entering the back stretch.
Omaha senior Mitch Hahn has delivered several key late-game baskets and has the Mavs at 10-2 in league play entering the back stretch.

WEEKLY NOTEBOOK: No. 16 (w/stats)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- If this week is anything like last week, #SummitMBB fans need to buckle their seat belts for the stretch run.

To review, the only thing that kept South Dakota State from squandering its lead in the league standings was the 98th 3-pointer of the season by David Jenkins -- a total that ranks him fifth in the country. A staggering number for sure, but the fact his latest triple came from just inside halfcourt, beat the buzzer in a 78-77 win at North Dakota State, gave the Jacks their first lead of the game, and came on the heels of SDSU's own buzzer-beating defeat two nights earlier, just begins to illustrate how crazy last week was in The Summit League.

Omaha's Mitch Hahn was the author of Thursday's buzzer beater, which pulled his squad within a half-game of the Jacks after the Mavericks stormed back from a 16-point, second-half deficit to steal the win. Oh yeah, Jenkins' halfcourt heave erased a 17-point, second-half deficit for the Jacks as well.

The Mavericks would have taken over first place outright if Jenkins' bank shot had rimmed off, but that was not even guaranteed until senior Zach Jackson poured in 24 second-half points in the Mavericks' 74-71 win over Purdue Fort Wayne on Saturday.

All that was what transpired in the top half of the standings. With only eight of the league's nine teams qualifying for this year's Summit League Basketball Championship March 9-12 in Sioux Falls, the race to not be the one left out featured pivotal wins by South Dakota (at Western Illinois) and North Dakota (vs. Oral Roberts) on Saturday as well.

Purdue Fort Wayne's Thursday tilt at South Dakota State is the marquee game this week as both the Jacks and Mavericks are tied in the loss column and the Mastodons would like nothing more than to jumble that up some more. 

FIVE THINGS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED...
• South Dakota State senior Mike Daum is 31 points away from passing Oscar Robertson for 10th place on the NCAA's Division I all-time scoring charts. Daum has 2,943 points while Robertson tallied 2,973 during his playing career at Cincinnati. That's not the only milestone Daum is chasing this week.  He only needs 13 rebounds to become The Summit League's all-time leader in that category, surpassing Oral Roberts' Caleb Green (1,189; 2003-07).   
• Omaha received votes in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 poll for the first time this season.  Winners of nine of their last 10, the Mavericks are 16-9 overall and 10-2 in league action after wins over league-leader SDSU and third-place occupying Purdue Fort Wayne last week.  
• Purdue Fort Wayne's John Konchar has accomplished a lot in his four-year career for the Mastodons, but his 14 assists in a 94-81 win over Denver last Thursday were the most of his career and most by a Summit League player this season. 
• South Dakota's Trey Burch-Manning scored 20-plus points in five of the Coyotes' first six games, but had not reached that plateau again until Saturday's win at Western Illniois. Burch-Manning returned to his pre-injury form, leading all scorers with 20 points. He had averaged just 6.6 ppg in his first five games back from a four-game absence.   
• North Dakota's Aanen Moody made a career-high seven 3-pointers in the Fighting Hawks 85-73 win over Oral Roberts Saturday. His 21 points equaled his career-high and he now leads all Summit League reserves in scoring in league action (10.5 ppg).   

UPCOMING SCHEDULE (TV/Stream; all times local to site)
Wednesday, February 20
Denver at South Dakota* (MSN/E+) 7 p.m.
Western Illinois at Omaha* 7 p.m.

Thursday, February 21
Purdue Fort Wayne at SDSU* (MSN/E+) 7 p.m.

Saturday, February 23
Denver at North Dakota* (FSN/E3) 3 p.m.
Omaha at NDSU* (MSN2/COX/E+) 4 p.m.
South Dakota at SDSU (MSN/E3)* 4 p.m.
Oral Roberts at Western Illinois* (WIU-TV/E3) 7 p.m.
all times local

RECENT RESULTS
Thursday, February 14
Omaha 85, SDSU 84*
NDSU 85, Oral Roberts 73*
Purdue Fort Wayne 94, Denver 81*

Saturday, February 16
South Dakota 80, Western Illinois 67*
SDSU 78, NDSU 77*
Omaha 74, Purdue Fort Wayne 71*
North Dakota 85, Oral Roberts 73*
*Summit League contest

THE NET RESULTS
Here's a look at how Summit League members are stacking up in the NCAA's new "NET" rankings system, which replaced the RPI from year's past.

Through games of Feb. 18:
South Dakota State (99)
Omaha (173)
Purdue Fort Wayne (208)
North Dakota State (213)
South Dakota (234)
North Dakota (293)
Oral Roberts (295)
Western Illinois (304)
Denver (316)

NOTING THE PIONEERS...
• The Pioneers are off to the Dakotas this week to take on both South Dakota (Wednesday) and North Dakota (Saturday).
• DU dropped its only game from last week, falling at home to Purdue Fort Wayne, 94-91.
• Freshman Jase Townsend continued his strong play against the Mastodons, pouring in a season-high 18 points off the bench.
• Townsend is averaging 14.0 ppg over his last four contests, including three double-digit scoring efforts. He had just three of those in his first 18 games of the season (4.8 ppg).
• Junior guard Ade Murkey is the only Pioneer to start all 26 games this season and is averaging a career-best 11.9 ppg and has reached double figures in six of the team's last seven games.

NOTING THE FIGHTING HAWKS...
• The Fighting Hawks snapped a three-game skid with an important 85-73 victory over Oral Roberts last Saturday.
• The win kept UND in seventh place in the league standings at 4-9 with a team below them in the standings -- Denver -- set to visit Saturday.
• UND had three players score 20-plus points in the victory over the Golden Eagles and were led by Marlon Stewart, who churned out a season-high, 23-point performance.
• Freshman Aanen Moody, who is the league's top scoring reserve in Summit action (10.5 ppg), was hot from beyond the arc, drilling 7-of-11 from distance to equal his career-high in points with 21.
• His seven triples were a new season-high and he now has made 70 treys as a rookie, which is tied for the third most in the league.
• Senior Cortez Seales added 20 points and is averaging 16.7 ppg in the last six games since fellow captain Conner Avants was sidelined.

NOTING THE BISON...
• North Dakota State had its five-game winning streak end abruptly on Saturday when David Jenkins buried a half-court shot to lift South Dakota State to a 78-77 victory.
• NDSU closes out a four-game homestand Saturday against Omaha before wrapping up league play with two road games next week.
• The Bison remain in fourth place in the league standings with an 8-5 record and have clinched a berth in the Summit League Championships.
• JUCO-transfer Vinnie Shahid has his team-leading scoring average up to 12.9 ppg thanks to a six-game run of double-figure scoring efforts. During that stretch, Shahid is averaging 21.2 ppg.

NOTING THE MAVERICKS...
The Mavericks (10-2) picked up a pair key wins last week at home, knocking off league-leading SDSU (11-2) 85-84 at the buzzer on Thursday (thanks to Mitch Hahn). Omaha then rallied for a 74-71 win over Purdue Fort Wayne (9-4), which kept the Mavs ahead of the Mastodons in the league standings.
• The Mavs' four-game winning streak is the longest active in the league.
• Omaha has one final home game Wednesday vs. Western Illinois before closing out the regular season with three straight on the road (NDSU, ORU, and Denver).
• The Mavs are averaging 85.5 ppg, which is tops in Summit League action.
• All five starters continue to average double figures for the Mavs and senior Zach Jackson is leading that charge (18.9 ppg). He averaged 22.0 ppg in Omaha's two victories last week. 

NOTING THE GOLDEN EAGLES...
• The Golden Eagles suffered the same fate in back-to-back games in the Peace Garden State, falling 85-73 at North Dakota State on Thursday, then losing by the identical score at North Dakota on Saturday.
• Oral Roberts only has two games remaining in league play with a road game at Western Illinois Saturday followed by a home tilt with Omaha (Feb. 28).
• Freshman Kevin Obanor tops all rookies with an 18.5 ppg average and is also one of the top overall shooters across the board in league play. He ranks first in free throw percentage (88.0), third in field goal percentage (59.3) and fifth in 3-point percentage (46.7).

NOTING THE MASTODONS...
• Purdue Fort Wayne wraps up a three-game road swing Thursday at league-leading South Dakota State before returning home next week for its final two league tilts (UND and NDSU). 
• The Mastodons split a pair of road games last week, winning 94-81 at Denver before dropping a 74-71 decision at Omaha.
• Senior John Konchar dished out a career-high and Summit League-best 14 assists in the win over DU to go with 29 points.
• Konchar is 37 points shy of the 2,000-point plateau. He would become the 16th Summit League player to achieve that feat.
• The Mastodons continue to bury 3-pointers at a high clip. They lead The Summit League in makes per game (10.9), which is the seventh-highest total in the country.

NOTING THE COYOTES...
• The Coyotes can clinch a spot in the #SummitMBB Championship with a win over Denver.
• South Dakota does not have to leave the state for the rest of the season with three games at home and its only road test in Brookings against the Jackrabbits on Feb. 23. 
• USD snapped a four-game losing streak with an 80-67 road win at Western Illinois. Senior Trey Burch-Manning returned to his pre-injury form, dropping 20 points thanks to a career-high five 3-pointers.
• Burch-Manning was averaging 12.9 ppg before missing four games early in Summit League play. In his first five games back, he averaged 6.6 ppg before posting his sixth 20-plus point game of the season against the Fighting Leathernecks.
• Sophomore Stanley Umude has four straight games of 17-plus points.

NOTING THE JACKRABBITS...
• The Jacks remained in first place in the league standings thanks to a half-court buzzer beater by David Jenkins in a 78-77 win at NDSU.
• It was the 98th 3-pointer of the season for Jenkins, who ranks fifth in the country with that total entering the week. He also broke SDSU's single-season record of 96, previously held by Mike Daum (2017-18), in that contest.
• Daum is closing in on The Summit League's all-time rebounding record, needing only 13 to surpass Oral Roberts' Caleb Green, who finished with 1,189 from 2003-07.
• SDSU closes out its regular season with three straight home games at Frost Arena where the Jacks are 12-1 this season.

NOTING THE FIGHTING LEATHERNECKS...
• The Leathernecks have dropped four straight and play three of their final four games on the road. That stretch starts Wednesday at Omaha.
• The latest of those setbacks was an 80-67 loss at home Saturday to South Dakota. 
• Sophomore Kobe Webster led WIU with 16 in that contest and has reached double figures in 24 of 25 this season.  He is fifth among Summit League scorers, averaging 17.4 ppg.
• Senior Brandon Gilbeck is six blocks away from reaching the century mark for the season. His 94 swats lead the NCAA and he would become just the fourth Summit League player to achieve that feat in a single season.
• Junior C.J. Duff is shooting a team-best 44.2 percent from 3-point range and is 18-for-29 (62.1 percent) in WIU's last six contests. Duff is averaging a career-best 11.6 ppg and, along with Webster and Gilbeck, has started all 25 games th is season.

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