(4) SDSU, (3) UNO Advance to Semifinals

(4) SDSU, (3) UNO Advance to Semifinals

The Basics
No. 4 South Dakota State 83, No. 5 Denver 73
Records: South Dakota State (16-16), Denver (16-14)
Location: Denny Sanford PREMIER Center - Sioux Falls, S.D.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Eight days removed from a convincing 88-64 win over Denver in Brookings, South Dakota State did it again on Sunday, defeating the Pioneers, 83-73 in The Summit League quarterfinals.

The Jackrabbits even their record at 16-16, and advance to play in-state rival, and top-seeded South Dakota on Monday in the semifinals, while the Pioneers season comes to a close with a mark of 16-14.

Reed Tellinghuisen keyed a 13-2 SDSU run in the first half, capped by a 3-pointer, which he banked in at the 14 minute, 49 mark that put the Jackrabbits up 17-9. Later in the half, Mike Daum scored five straight points to give SDSU its first double figure lead of the game at 24-13. The reigning tournament MVP scored 21 points in the half

Denver stayed the course, and used a 6-0 spurt to cut an SDSU lead that reached as many as 17 points down to 39-30 on Ade Murkey layup with 2:26 left in the half, prompting a timeout from the SDSU bench.

The Jackrabbits scored out of the timeout, but the Pioneers made its final six field goal attempts of the first half, while SDSU ended the half making just one of its final seven field goal attempts, which allowed Denver to cut the lead to 43-36 at halftime, thanks largely to 16 points from C.J. Bobbit, who finished the half 6 of 7 from the field.  

The SDSU dry spell ended with the first half, as the Jackrabbits opened the second with a 6-0 run, which drew a timeout from the Denver bench less than two minutes into the half.

Although Denver did score first out of the timeout, the Jackrabbits tacked on a 10-0 run, drawing another timeout from the DU bench at 15:28 with SDSU leading 61-41, its largest lead of the game.

The Jackrabbit lead reached as many as 21 points on two occasions, and even though the Pioneers cut it to 10 points at the end, they never really threatened the Jacks lead.

Daum scored a game-high 33 points in the win on 9 of 18 shooting, adding six rebounds. Tellinghuisen added 18 points and a game-high nine rebounds. Chris Howell pitched in with 10 points and six rebounds for the Jacks.

Even though he did not score in the second half, Bobbitt led the Pioneers with 16 points, with both Joe Rosga and Murkey adding 10 points in the loss.

Turning Point
Reed Tellinghuisen banked in a 3-pointer from the right wing 5 minutes, 11 seconds into the game, his second triple in a 10-0 Jackrabbit run. Denver would get no closer than 5 points for the rest of the game.

Inside The Box Score

  • Reed Tellinghuisen made his first seven shots on the night, including four 3-pointers. His first miss came at the 12:12 mark of the second half
  • Mike Daum scored at least 30 points in a game for the 11th time this season
  • Daum's 33 points ties him for the seventh-most points scored in tournament history. Cleveland State's Ken McFadden scored 33 on March 7, 1986
  • C.J. Bobbitt scored all 16 of his points in the first half
  • The Denver bench outscored the SDSU bench 31-8
  • SDSU shot an even 50 percent in the second half, 12 for 24, but went 2 for 7 from 3-point range, 28.6 percent
  • Denver shot 42 percent in the second half, 13 of 31, and went 5 for 11 from distance

News & Notes

  • Including tonight's outcome, the No. 4 seed has won only twice in the last 10 matchups of 4 vs. 5 quarterfinals in The Summit League Tournament.
  • South Dakota State has won six of its last seven Summit League Tournament games and improved to 15-5 all-time.
  • The Jackrabbits have reached the semifinal round for the seventh consecutive season.
  • The 33 points scored by South Dakota State's Mike Daum tie for the seventh-most in a Summit League Tournament game and are the highest total since 2011.
  • The 10-point margin marked the fourth time in the past five tournaments that the 4 vs. 5 matchup has been decided by double figures.

The Basics
No. 3 Omaha 84, No. 6 Fort Wayne 80
Records: Omaha (17-13), Fort Wayne (19-12)
Location: Denny Sanford PREMIER Center - Sioux Falls, S.D.

Fort Wayne led for the majority of Sunday's final Summit League quarterfinal game, but the No. 6 seed Mastodons could not hold off a late Omaha charge and fell to the No. 3 seed Mavericks by the score of 84-80.

Omaha's first-ever tournament win boosts its record to 17-13, and sends the Mavs to the semifinals on Monday against No. 7 seed IUPUI, which provided the tournaments only other upset by defeating No. 2 seed North Dakota State on Saturday. Fort Wayne exits the tournament with a 19-12 record.  

The Mavericks opened the game on a 7-0 run, and then opened up a 16-6 lead less than five minutes into the game on a Marcus Tyus and-1, but the Mavs cooled off after that, and the Mastodons capitalized with a 12-2 run, tying the game at 18-18 on a Kason Harrell 3-pointer with 11 minutes, 22 seconds on the clock.

Down 24-22 later in the half, Fort Wayne tacked on a 7-0 spurt to go up 29-24, and then ended the first half with another 7-0 run to take a 42-33 lead into the locker room, the Mastodons largest of the game.

Omaha continued to trail, but remained within striking distance, even cutting the lead to 52-51 on a Daniel Norl 3-pointer, but Fort Wayne fired right back, and used another 7-0 run to take its largest lead of the game at 62-51, with 12:31 on the clock, which drew a timeout from the Maverick bench.

Fort Wayne continued to lead, but Omaha continued to chip away at it, and used a 5 minute, 22 second field goal drought by the Mastodons to climb within two points twice, before tying the game at 75-all on a Tra'Shawn Thurman 3-pointer with 2:44 left.

John Konchar quickly answered with a triple of his own at the other end, but the Norl fired right back, beating the shot clock buzzer to tie the game up again, this time at 78-78.

Konchar again gave the Mastodons a lead back, but a pair of Marcus Tyus free throws tied it at 80, and after a stop, a Thurman dunk with 42 seconds left put the Mavericks up for good.

Needing a 3-pointer to tie the game, the Mastodons got a couple of looks with under 20 seconds left, and the Mavs hit enough free throws down the line to secure the 84-80 win.

Thurman led five Mavericks in double figures with 23 points, adding a game-high 11 rebounds to complete the double-double. Both Tyus and Norl scored 14 points, with Tra-Deon Hollins adding 13 and Zach Jackson 11 points in the win.

Four Mastodons scored in double figures, led by Konchar's game-high 25. Kason Harrell finished with 17 and Bryson Scott 10. Brent Calhoun scored 11 points, adding 10 rebounds for the game's other double-double.

Turning Point
Norl shot clock buzzer-beating 3-pointer with 1:57 left that tied the game at 78-all. The Mastodons would get a lead back after that at 80-78, but it sent a surge of energy into the Omaha bench that carried over for the rest of the game.

Inside The Box Score

  • Playing in its second game, Omaha's victory was its first in Summit League Tournament history.
  • The 164 points scored was the highest scoring Summit League Tournament game since the 2012 quarterfinal round.
  • Tonight's session attendance was 9,837, second-highest all-time for a men's quarterfinal session.

News & Notes

  • Omaha improves to 1-1 in Summit League tournament play after falling to Denver in its first-ever appearance in 2016
  • Omaha earned the No. 3 seed for the second straight season
  • Fort Wayne's last quarterfinal loss came in 2015, when the No. 4 seed Mastodons fell to No. 5 seed South Dakota
  • The last two Fort Wayne quarterfinal losses came against teams that won their first-ever Summit League tournament games (South Dakota in 2015, Omaha in 2017)

Up Next
The No. 4 seed Jackrabbits advance to Monday's semifinal round against top-seeded South Dakota, with tip-off scheduled for 6 p.m. CT, and television coverage on Midco Sports Network and ESPN3. Omaha advances to Monday's semifinal round and against No. 7 seed IUPU, with tip-off scheduled for 8:30 p.m. CT, with television coverage on Midco Sports Network and ESPN3.

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