Jackrabbits and Coyotes Punch Semifinal Tickets

Jackrabbits and Coyotes Punch Semifinal Tickets

Game 1

The Basics
No. 1 South Dakota State 66, No. 8 Western Illinois 60
Records: South Dakota State (26-6), Western Illinois (12-16)
Location: Denny Sanford PREMIER Center - Sioux Falls, S.D.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A year after almost becoming the first No. 8 seed to upset a No. 1 seed in The Summit League quarterfinals, Western Illinois almost did it again. Almost.

Top-seeded South Dakota State erased a nine-point second half deficit and hung on for a hard-fought 66-60 win over No. 8 seed Western Illinois on Saturday in The Summit League quarterfinals at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center.

Western Illinois started 5-of-7 from the field, while South Dakota State started 2-of-7, which resulted in an early 12-6 Fighting Leathernecks lead. In fact, the first four times that the Jackrabbits took a lead in the first half, the Leathernecks took it right back.

The fifth time the Jackrabbits took the lead, the Leathernecks came back to tie the game at 29-all, before getting it back on an Issac Johnson 3-pointer with 0:12 left in the half that sent his team into the locker room up 32-29.

The Jackrabbits cold shooting continued into the second half, and the Leathernecks' lead grew, reaching a high of 43-34 before SDSU used a four-point trip down the floor to start a 14-2 run that ended with the Jacks leading 48-45 with 9:43 on the clock.

SDSU never trailed after that point, but WIU kept it a one-possession game until the 3:56 mark, when a Brandon Key layup gave the Jackrabbits a 59-54 lead. That Jackrabbit bucket was part of a 7-0 run that ended with SDSU leading 64-54 after a Mike Daum 3-pointer with 2:15 left.

The Leathernecks cut that back to 62-60 with 0:20 left but could muster another bucket as the Jackrabbits hung on for the win.

Daum, who went into halftime with a double-double, scored a game-high 33 points and grabbed a game- and career-high 19 rebounds. No other Jackrabbit scored in double figures, with the closest being Reed Tellinghuisen with nine points.

Johnson led a trio of Leathernecks in double figures with 17 points, adding a career-high 15 rebounds to complete the double-double. Brandon Gilbeck finished with 14 points and Dalan Ancrum with 13 points in the loss.

Turning Point
A four-point trip down the floor at the 13 minute mark of the second half that cut a 43-34 Western Illinois lead to 43-38, and sparked a 14-2 SDSU run, that gave the Jackrabbits their first lead of the second half at 48-45.

Inside The Box Score

  • SDSU moves to 2-5 this season when trailing at the half
  • Daum's 19th double-double of the season gives him 30 for his career
  • Daum topped his previous career-high for rebounds of 18, which he did twice
  • Johnson posted his fourth double-double of the season, his third in the last four games
  • The game featured four ties and 11 lead changes, with one lead change and no ties in the second half
  • SDSU finished with a 16-5 advantage in second chance points, and a 12-4 edge in points off turnovers

News & Notes

  • South Dakota State improves to 9-1 all-time in the tournament quarterfinals, and to 18-5 all-time in the tournament
  • Western Illinois falls to 8-21 all-time in the tournament quarterfinals, and to 14-29 all-time in the tournament
  • No 1 seed remains undefeated all-time in the tournament against the No. 8 seed (28-0)

Game 2

The Basics
No. 2 South Dakota 87, No. 7 Omaha 73
Records: South Dakota (25-7), Omaha (9-22)
Location: Denny Sanford PREMIER Center - Sioux Falls, S.D.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Second-seeded South Dakota bounced back in a big way from a loss in its final regular season game at top-seeded South Dakota State, making quick work of No. 7 seed Omaha in a dominating 87-73 win in The Summit League quarterfinal Saturday at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center.

The Coyotes opened with a 7-0 run, and even though the Mavericks cut that lead down to 9-7 in the opening minutes, USD fired back with a 15-2 run later in the half that put the Coyotes up 28-12 with 11:20 remaining. 

South Dakota added a 10-0 run later in the half, and lead by as many as 27 points at 44-17, before a late Omaha surge cut it to 46-28 at halftime.

The Mavericks trimmed the lead to 48-35 early in the second half, but an 8-0 Coyote run midway through the second half pushed the lead back to 64-42. 

Matt Mooney led a balanced Coyote attack with 20 points, with Nick Fuller adding 17, Trey Burch-Manning 14 and Brandon Armstrong 11 points in the win.

Omaha's Zach Jackson led all scorers in the game (26 points), while Daniel Norl added 11 and Lamar Wofford-Humphrey tallied 10 points in a losing effort.

South Dakota advances to the tournament semifinals to play either No. 3 seed Denver or No. 6 seed Oral Roberts on Monday at 8:30 p.m. CT

Turning Point

  • Up 13-10 less than seven minutes into the game, South Dakota went on a 12-0 run over the next three minutes for its first double-digit lead of the game and never let the Mavericks get closer than 13 points the rest of the night.  

Inside The Box Score

  • South Dakota never trailed in the game, and led for 39:50
  • South Dakota finished with a 19-8 edge in points off turnovers
  • Omaha scored 14 points on nine offensive rebounds, while South Dakota scored 10 points on 10 offensive rebounds

News & Notes

  • South Dakota evens its all-time record in the tournament quarterfinals at 3-3, and moves to 3-5 all-time in the tournament
  • Omaha falls to 1-2 all-time in the tournament quarterfinals, and to 2-3 all-time in the tournament
  • A men's first quarterfinal day record crowd of 10,771 turned out for the session


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