Daum, Jacks pull away from Fighting Hawks

Sean Welsh/Register: South Dakota State’s Mike Daum is fouled by North Dakota’s Kienan Walter (23) as he drives to the bucket during the first half of the Jackrabbits’ 80-55 Summit League defeat of the Fighting Hawks on Saturday at Frost Arena.

BROOKINGS – Mike Daum posted another 20-20 double-double and first-place South Dakota State used a 20-2 second-half spurt to pull away from North Dakota, winning 80-55 Saturday evening at Frost Arena.

The Jackrabbits (20-6, 10-1), winners of nine in a row, hold a 1 1/2-game lead over Omaha (14-9, 8-2) in the Summit League standings.

“I thought it was, obviously, a tough first half for us shooting the basketball – 0-for-15 from 3; the way we shoot it, it’s not going to happen too often,” said SDSU coach T.J. Otzelberger. “We talked a lot at halftime about how defense and guarding and getting deflections and steals was going go get us going on that other end.

“I thought that second half, defensively, was about as well as we’ve played in a half on that end of the floor. It allowed us to open up that game, so I’m proud of our guys for how they came out of the locker room at halftime. They had great energy and effort.”

The home team did, in fact, miss all 15 of its attempts from long range in the first 20 minutes. However, it still led 33-32.

“I just thought our shot selection wasn’t where it normally is in the first half,” noted Daum, who finished with 29 points on 10-of-19 shooting to go with 20 rebounds. “We really weren’t aggressive driving down hill and then getting those kickout open 3s like we normally get. I think we were just settling for passing the ball around, not really spacing correctly and I think that just kind of led to us not getting the shots we wanted.”

Daum quickly ended the 3-point drought with a trey 20 seconds into the second half.

Tied at 38 moments later, SDSU rattled off the big run to take control.

It started with Alex Arians’ traditional three-point play. Skyler Flatten’s steal led to a big slam on the other end. After Tevin King buried a jumper in the paint, Daum converted a pair of free throws to make it 47-38 with 15:26 remaining.

The Fighting Hawks’ lone points of the run came soon thereafter. Flatten had an and-one of his own and David Jenkins canned back-to-back 3s. Daum’s post bucket put SDSU up 58-40 with 13:06 showing on the clock.

SDSU shot 50 percent (30-of-60) for the game – 27-of-35 (77.1 percent) on 2-pointers and 3-of-25 (12 percent) on 3s.

South Dakota State plays at Omaha on Thursday at 7 p.m. and at North Dakota State on Saturday at 4 p.m.

Notes: Daum had 34 points and a career-high 21 rebounds during a 78-74 win in Grand Forks, N.D., on Jan. 16.

Daum update

He moved from 15th to 14th in NCAA Division I history with 2,883 career points, passing North Carolina’s Tyler Hansbrough (2,872 from 2005-09). The Tar Heel is the Atlantic Coast Conference recordholder.

Daum is a point behind Houston’s Elvin Hayes (2,884 from 1965-68) for 13th place.

Campbell’s Chris Clemons, the active leader with 2,930 points, now sits in 11th.

In South Dakota collegiate history, Daum remained in third place in career points.

Eric Kline is the leader with 3,062 and Alan Miller is second at 2,920. Kline played at Augustana in 1991-92 and Northern State from 1992-95, while Miller’s career at Dakota Wesleyan spanned 1981-85.

Daum remained second in the Summit League ranks with 1,153 rebounds – 36 off the record.

SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 80, NORTH DAKOTA 55

North Dakota (9-16, 3-9 Summit)

Filip Rebraca 5-12 0-0 12, Kienan Walter 2-2 3-5 8, Marlon Stewart 3-10 1-2 10, Billy Brown 0-5 0-0 0, Cortez Seales 7-14 1-4 15, Davids Atelbauers 1-1 0-0 3, Aanen Moody 2-10 0-0 6, Bentiu Panoam 0-0 0-0 0, Marko Coudreau 0-0 0-0 0, Jal Bijek 0-1 0-0 0, Ethan Igbanugo 0-2 0-0 0, Carter Brooks 0-0 0-0 0, Elijah Hazekamp 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 20-58 6-13 55.

South Dakota State (20-6, 10-1 Summit)

Mike Daum 10-19 8-8 29, Alex Arians 6-7 2-3 14, Skyler Flatten 5-12 1-2 11, Tevin King 3-6 2-2 8, David Jenkins 4-12 4-4 14, Ryan Krueger 0-0 0-0 0, Alou Dillon 0-0 0-0 0, Beau Brown 0-0 0-0 0, Owen King 2-4 0-0 4, Matt Dentlinger 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-60 17-19 80.

Halftime – SDSU 33-32. 3-point goals – UND 9-27 (Stewart 3-7, Moody 2-6, Rebraca 2-5, Walter 1-1, Atelbauers 1-1, Bijek 0-1, Igbanugo 0-2, Brown 0-4), SDSU 3-25 (Jenkins 2-7, Daum 1-8, Arians 0-1, T. King 0-2, O. King 0-2, Flatten 0-5). Rebounds – UND 30 (Seales 8), SDSU 43 (Daum 20). Assists – UND 13 (Seales 4), SDSU 16 (T. King 6). Steals – UND 3 (Brown, Moody, Hazekamp 1), SDSU 9 (Flatten 3). Blocks – UND 0, SDSU 0. Turnovers – UND 13, SDSU 10. Total fouls – UND 15, SDSU 14. Fouled out – Walter. Technical fouls – none. A – 3,541.


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