Jackrabbits handle Panthers at U.S. Bank Stadium Basketball Classic


MINNEAPOLIS – The Jackrabbit men’s basketball team used a fast start and balanced effort throughout to cruise past Northern Iowa 82-50 Saturday at the U.S. Bank Stadium Basketball Classic.

Mike Daum led South Dakota State (7-2) with his seventh double-double of the season, dropping in a game-high 24 points to go with 11 rebounds. He hit 11-of-12 at the charity stripe and was 6-of-8 from the field in the win.

Skyler Flatten scored 17 and had five rebounds with five assists over 36 minutes. David Jenkins scored 16 points and Alex Arians reached double-figures for the second consecutive game, adding 11 points to go with six rebounds.

Tevin King dished a game-high seven assists.

SDSU shot 51 percent (25-of-49) as a team and held Northern Iowa to 31 percent (18-of-58) shooting from the field, thanks in part to a plus-26 advantage in points in the paint.

“I’m really happy with how our guys played tonight,” SDSU coach T.J. Otzelberger said. “I thought we had great focus from start to finish. We know that with Northern Iowa we’re playing a well-coached team who we have a lot of respect for. For us to play like we did tonight, I’m just really proud of our guys.”

Ahead by one early on, Arians hit a 3-pointer at 16:53 to open an 18-2 South Dakota State run, putting the Jackrabbits up 24-7 just past the 10-minute mark of the first. UNI ended the run and pulled back within nine at 24-15 thanks to a brief rally of its own near the under-eight media, but SDSU recovered momentum and held the Panthers at bay, carrying a 40-25 lead into halftime.

While neither team fired out of the locker room in the second, the Jacks scored eight straight just before the under-16 media to build their lead to 52-30. Play evened over the next 10 minutes of action before SDSU pushed its advantage even further, going up 77-46 at 4:56 thanks to 11 unanswered points. 

The Panthers (2-6) got 19 points from Trae Berhow.

Notes

Daum moved from 89th to 81st in career points in NCAA Division I history with 2,449. … The Jackrabbits dished out a season-high 19 assists as a team. … SDSU has held opponents to 50 or fewer points in back-to-back contests.

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South Dakota State heads for Memphis to face the Tigers on Tuesday at 8 p.m.

SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 82, NORTHERN IOWA 50

Northern Iowa (2-6)

Luke McDonnell 0-0 0-0 0, AJ Green 2-7 0-0 5, Trae Berhow 7-13 2-2 19, Wyatt Lohaus 2-8 0-0 6, Isaiah Brown 2-8 0-0 5, Tywhon Pickford 3-8 0-0 6, Miles Wentzien 0-1 4-4 4, Lincoln Conrey 0-0 0-0 0, Justin Dahl 1-1 0-0 2, Shandon Goldman 1-3 0-1 3, Spencer Haldeman 0-9 0-0 0, Austin Phyfe 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-58 6-7 50.

South Dakota State (7-2)

Mike Daum 6-8 11-12 24, Skyler Flatten 4-8 7-9 17, Tevin King 1-6 2-2 4, David Jenkins 5-12 5-5 16, Alex Arians 4-6 2-4 11, Ryan Krueger 0-2 0-0 0, Alou Dillon 1-1 0-0 2, Owen King 3-5 0-0 6, Matt Dentlinger 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 25-49 26-31 82.

Halftime – SDSU 40-25. 3-point goals – UNI 8-35 (Berhow 3-8, Lohaus 2-6, Goldman 1-2, Green 1-4, Brown 1-4, Wentzien 0-1, Pickford 0-2, Haldeman 0-8), SDSU 6-19 (Flatten 2-5, Jenkins 2-6, Daum 1-1, Arians 1-2, Krueger 0-2, T. King 0-3). Rebounds – UNI 32 (Berhow 7), SDSU 36 (Daum 11). Assists – UNI 13 (McDonnell 3), SDSU 19 (T. King 7). Steals – UNI 6 (Lohaus 2), SDSU 9 (Flatten 3). Blocks – UNI 4 (Goldman 2), SDSU 1 (Flatten 1). Turnovers – UNI 15, SDSU 10. Total fouls – UNI 21, SDSU 13. Fouled out – none. Technical fouls – none. A – 3,184.


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