30 memories in 10 years, Part IX

No. 3: South Dakota State’s Mike Daum scored his 3,000th career point during a 94-89 victory over South Dakota on Feb. 23, 2019, at Frost Arena.

I switched it up a bit because I’m having trouble deciding the order of the top two and I ran out of coins.

So just No. 3 today.

No. 2 will be unveiled Friday and No. 1 a week from today.

3. Mike Daum hits 3K

Feb. 23, 2019

Jackrabbit All-American Mike Daum hit the 3,000-point milestone for his career during a 94-89 defeat of South Dakota on the evening of Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, in front of a crowd of 4,614 at Frost Arena.

Daum achieved the feat during the game’s biggest moment, dropping in a bucket in the paint that put the Jackrabbits on top for good at 86-85 with 1:02 remaining.

The Jackrabbits followed that up with a defensive stop and then went 8-of-8 at the foul line down the stretch to seal the deal.

“It hasn’t really sunk in yet,” he said following the game. “I’m still just kind of trying to relive the atmosphere of Frost Arena. My teammates put so much trust into me and I know that this wasn’t necessarily my game. I sat out with foul trouble and these guys stepped up every second when I was out. I’m just super thankful to have guys like this who are so unselfish and who have really helped me get in the position I am today.”

Daum finished the game with 25 points on 8-of-13 shooting in 30 minutes, adding seven rebounds.

“I have to do a better job of living in the moment with him and each one of these, because to score 3,000 on the bucket that he did is a pretty good story,” said SDSU coach T.J. Otzelberger. “I mean, game’s on the line, you go to your go-to guy, it hasn’t really been his night the way that he normally gets it going, and then he scores it that way.

“That’s kind of how the Mike Daum story has been – it’s a little bit of a fairy tale and he steps up when he needs to. So it’s pretty cool that happened the way it did; awesome that it was able to happen in Frost; and even better that it was the go-ahead bucket that really helped us win the game.”

What’s crazy is Daum scored an efficient 25 points in that contest and people were saying it wasn’t his night.

That was the thing about Daum. Every time you walked into Frost Arena (or watched a road game on TV) you knew you might – and eventually began to expect – to see a 30- or 40-point outing … or more.

And he was so skilled and scored in so many ways – long ball, getting to the tin, posting up, putbacks … you name it.

Back to the rivalry game, the Coyotes shot 64.5 percent in the first half, including an 11-of-19 mark from 3-point range. They were up 16, before Daum dunked and Skyler Flatten, who finished with 18 points, nailed a trey, leaving the score 55-44 at halftime.

Tevin King scored 16 of his career-high 22 points after the break and helped spark the home squad.

A personal 7-0 spurt by King knotted the score at 63-all with 13:37 remaining.

USD scored the next seven points, but SDSU countered with a 9-2 run, leaving the score at 72-72 with 9 minutes to play.

It was a back-and-forth affair from there.

“It was a tremendous college basketball game; we’re really grateful to our fans – awesome environment and atmosphere,” Otzelberger added. “Credit to USD, I thought Coach (Todd) Lee did a great job having his team prepared; made great adjustments from last game; their guys played really hard and made a ton of shots, early especially, and put us in a tough spot. We had to dig ourselves out of a hole.

“I’m proud of our guys for their resiliency. They’ve been in spots like that before; they’re winners, they’re competitors. … We were fortunate to come out with the win, though, today.”

SDSU beat Western Illinois 86-66 a week later to win the Summit League regular-season title outright with a 14-2 mark. However, the Leathernecks upended the top-seeded Jackrabbits 79-76 in the opening round of the Summit League Championship the following Saturday – the Blue and Yellow’s only loss in the event in Daum’s career.

That sent SDSU to the NIT, where it lost 79-73 to the Longhorns in the first round to finish the year with a 24-9 mark.

Daum and the Jackrabbits got off to a slow start at the Frank Erwin Center on March 19 in Austin, Texas.

The home team made seven of its first eight shots while building a 19-0 advantage.

Daum went nearly 14 minutes without a point.

However, the Kimball, Neb., native and fifth-year player got things going after that – as did SDSU.

Daum finished with 25 points on 11-of-21 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds for his 55th double-double. He played all 40 minutes.

The Jackrabbits cut the deficit to 43-35 at halftime.

Later, an 8-0 spurt saw SDSU grab its first lead.

Daum hit back-to-back jumpers, David Jenkins added a bucket and Daum threw one down on a breakaway to make it 67-64 in favor of the Jacks with 8:12 showing on the clock.

Courtney Ramey answered with a 3-pointer for the Longhorns.

Dylan Osetkowski, who had a career game with 26 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the field, went 1-of-2 from the foul line after coming up with a steal with 7:28 remaining and Texas never trailed again.

So that was the end of Daum’s illustrious collegiate career.

He will go down as arguably the best player in South Dakota State and Summit League history.

Daum had the highest career scoring average – 22.39 – for a four-year player in both the Summit League and at SDSU.

He broke the South Dakota collegiate scoring record with 3,067 points, passing Eric Kline (3,062 from 1991-92 at Augustana/1992-95 at Northern State).

He ended up seventh in NCAA Division I history and 17th in all NCAA divisions in career points.

Daum holds the Summit League and school career record in points, rebounds (1,236) and field goals (1,005).

He’s also the school recordholder in career 3-pointers (271; 13th in SL) and free throws (786; second in SL).

Daum is one of four players in the NCAA Division I 3,000-point, 1,000-rebound club, joining La Salle’s Lionell Simmons (3,217 points and 1,429 rebounds from 1986-90), Creighton’s Doug McDermott (3,150 and 1,088 from 2010-14) and Texas Southern’s Harry Kelly (3,066 and 1,085 from 1979-83).

Daum appeared in 137 games, never missing an outing.

He was a three-time Summit League MVP and Tournament MVP.

He was an All-America selection as a junior and senior and the league’s first consensus All-America the latter year.

A true Jackrabbit legend.

NCAA DIVISION I – CAREER POINTS

1. Pete Maravich, LSU, 1967-70 3,667

2. Freeman Williams, Portland State, 1974-78 3,249

3. Chris Clemons, Campbell, 2015-19 3,225

4. Lionel Simmons, La Salle, 1986-90 3,217

5. Alphonso Ford, Miss. Valley State, 1989-93 3,165

6. Doug McDermott, Creighton, 2010-14 3,150

7. Mike Daum, South Dakota State, 2015-19 3,067

8. Harry Kelly, Texas Southern, 1979-83 3,066

9. Keydren Clark, Saint Peter’s, 2002-06 3,058

10. Hersey Hawkins, Bradley, 1984-88 3,008

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