SIOUX FALLS – The South Dakota State men’s basketball team split its final two games of the Crossover Classic. The Jackrabbits went 2-1 in the tournament as they fell to Washington 87-76 on Tuesday and beat George Mason 80-76 Wednesday.
• Washington 87, SDSU 76
SDSU never led Tuesday night and the Washington Huskies handed the Jackrabbits their second loss of the season.
The Huskies (4-2) shot 58.3% from the field and were 10-22 from three as they came away with a 87-76 victory in the second game of the Crossover Classic at the Sanford Pentagon.
Washington’s Terrell Brown Jr. was red hot as he scored 32 points and was 13-18 from the field. SDSU head coach Eric Henderson said sometimes you just have to tip your cap to the opponent.
“You have to give Brown credit. I mean he was terrific. We battled him, but he just made tough shot after tough shot and answered every time we got it down to four or five points. Sometimes you have to tip the cap, but we have things we have to work on too,” Henderson said.
The Huskies jumped out to a 15-7 lead in the first four minutes of the game. SDSU (5-2) would then go on an 8-2 run to cut the lead to two with 12:18 left in the first half. That was as close as the Jacks would get as Washington pushed its lead to as many as 12 in the first half and the Huskies took a 42-32 lead into the locker room.
Washington led 49-36 four minutes into the second half. SDSU would then cut the lead to 55-50 with 11:49 left in the game, but Washington kept the Jacks at arms length.
With the Huskies leading 57-50 with 11:31 left in the game, Brown scored 15-striaght points. Henderson said he probably should have called timeout to adjust some things.
“I should have probably called timeout and just made somebody else do something [other than Brown], to be really honest with you. And that’s on me. He got her cooking and I’ve seen it before. This kid has done this, not just against the Rabbits. He’s made plays like that, he loves that moment. So it’s on me just as much as it’s on anybody. I need to make an adjustment there a little bit earlier then we did. I’ll own that,” Henderson said.
A Baylor Scheierman 3-pointer cut the lead to 65-61 with eight minutes left. The two teams traded shots until the Huskies extended their lead to 84-72 with 2:24 left in the game and that was all she wrote.
SDSU shot 46% from the field, but was 6-17 from three. The Jacks were 12-17 from the free throw line.
“… We were getting shots that we liked. We want to shoot the shots that we shot and they didn’t fall tonight. That’s okay, but like I told our guys in the locker room, we have to find other ways to win other than just by making three’s or scoring at a high level,” Henderson said.
Noah Freidel had 20 points and five rebounds to lead the Jacks. Douglas Wilson had a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Scheierman had 14 points, four rebounds and four assists. Luke Appel had eight points on 4-6 shooting.
Henderson said he did like how Wilson and Appel played down low against a big team.
“Our guys are playing well. We do good things and play at a high level. Doug was efficient again tonight. He struggled a little bit in the beginning of the year with his field goal percentage and missing some bunnies around the rim, and he’s been terrific the past two games. Just proud of Doug for sticking with it. … Very happy with how Doug played and even Luke in the first half was 4-6 and did a good job scoring down low,” Henderson said.
PJ Fuller had 14 points and Emmit Matthews Jr. had 13 for the Huskies. Jamal Bey had 12 points on 3-6 shooting from three.
Each team grabbed 31 rebounds. Washington had 16 turnovers and SDSU had 15.
1,600 people watched the game at the Pentagon Tuesday night and most of them we’re in blue and yellow supporting the Jackrabbits. Washington head coach Mike Hopkins said it was an incredible atmosphere for a college basketball game.
“I loved [the atmosphere]. To be honest, the fans here are terrific. The support of South Dakota State, it was a lot of fun. To have fans back in the stands and even if we’re the road team, we’ve all played and that gives you energy and that’s what’s so fun about being in a great tournament like this. Nothing is better than playing in a great environment against a good team with great basketball fans. [SDSU] has some great basketball fans,” Hopkins said.
SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 87, WASHINGTON 76
Terrell Brown Jr. 13-18 6-7 32. PJ Fuller 6-10 0-0 14, Emmitt Matthews Jr. 5-7 0-2 13, Jamal Bey 4-9 1-2 12, Daejon Davis 3-10 0-0 7, Jackson Grant 2-4 0-0 4, Cole Bajema 1-1 0-0 3, Nate Roberts 1-1 0-0 2. 35-60 7-11 87.
South Dakota State (5-2)
Noah Freidel 6-14 6-6 20, Douglas Wilson 7-13 4-7 18, Baylor Scheierman 5-15 2-4 14, Luke Appel 4-6 0-0 8, Alex Arians 3-5 0-0 7, Charlie Easley 3-6 0-0 7, Matt Dentlinger 1-3 0-0 2, Zeke Mayo 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 29-63 12-17 76.
UW 42 45 – 87
SDSU 32 44 – 76
3-point field goals – UW 10-22 (Cole 1-1, Matthews 3-5, Bey 3-6, Fuller 2-5, Brown 0-1), SDSU 6-17 (Arians 1-2, Scheierman 2-5, Freidel 2-6, Easley 1-3, Mayo 0-1). Rebounds – UW 31 (Roberts 8), SDSU 31 (Wilson 12). Assists – UW 13 (Davis 5), SDSU 9 (Scheierman 4). Steals – UW 7 (Mathews Jr., Davis 2), SDSU 8 (Easley 3). Blocks – UW 3 (Roberts 2), SDSU 1 (Easley). Turnovers – UW 16, SDSU 15. Total fouls – UW 14, SDSU 15. Fouled out – none. Technical fouls – none. A – 1,600.
• SDSU 80, George Mason 76
The Jacks bounced back and came up with a 80-76 victory in their final game of the Crossover Classic.
“… Really proud of our team. I really love how we compete. We certainly started off a little slow tonight. I thought our energy level was a little light, but how we bounced back after George Mason took the lead, I was really proud of our guys’ fight. It was a total team effort. The guys that got on the floor certainly made an impact. Really, really proud,” Henderson said.
SDSU was up 17-10 with 12:22 left in the first half and extended its lead to 24-13. The Jacks then led 33-22 with 4:51 left in the half, but George Mason closed the half on a 10-2 run and SDSU led 35-30 at halftime.
George Mason opened the second half on a 15-7 run to take its first lead of the game with 14:52 left in the game. The Patriots led 51-44 with 12:44 left when the Jacks went on a 16-2 run to go up 60-53 with six minutes left.
SDSU then led by 10 with 2:33 to go and were able to hold off the Patriots the rest of the way.
The Jacks shot 54.9% from the field and were 10-20 from three. They went 14-23 from the free throw line and scored 32 points in the paint.
Noah Freidel led SDSU with 25 points. He scored over 20 points in all three of the games in the Crossover Classic. Baylor Scheierman had 21 points. Douglas Wilson had 14 points and six rebounds and Luke Appel had 11 points.
Henderson said he liked the way his team got the ball inside Wednesday night.
“I think the competition that we played exposed some of our weaknesses,” Henderson said. “Washington started switching all the screens in the second game and we kind of just settled for that. We kind of just settled to play from the perimeter. When they did that tonight we were able to play underneath it with Luke and Doug, dynamite down there.
“You don’t necessarily always have to score, but you put pressure on the rim, and they have been terrific passers down there. So we were able to make adjustments and teams are going to find different ways to guard us and we need to find multiple ways to score.”
George Mason shot 50% from the field and was 8-24 from three. The Patriots made all eight of their free throws and also had 32 points in the paint
The Patriots were led by D’Shawn Schwartz who had 29 points, four rebounds and three assists. Josh Oduro had 20 points and seven rebounds. DeVon Cooper had 15 points and six assists.
Henderson said it was a tough three days for his team and they are excited to get some days off and celebrate Thanksgiving.
“[The players] are ready for a break. But we’re fortunate, we get a couple days off and our guys and our coaches are able to spend some time with their families, which is super, super important. We’ll bring them back on Saturday and then we’ll have our Thanksgiving with our basketball team. Then we’ll get back it because it’s a long season and it’s a long process. We certainly hope we’re not playing our best basketball, we just want to continue to get better and better,” Henderson said.
Up next, SDSU will host Prairie View A&M on Tuesday 7 p.m.
SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 80, GEORGE MASON 76
George Mason (4-4)
D’Shawn Schwartz 12-20 2-2 29, Josh Oduro 8-11 4-4 20, DeVon Cooper 6-15 0-0 15, Jamal Hartwell II 2-7 0-0 5, Xavier Johnson 1-2 2-2 4, Blake Jones 1-3 0-0 3, Davonte Gaines 0-1 0-0 0, Malik Henry 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 30-60 8-8 76.
South Dakota State (6-2)
Noah Freidel 9-17 3-5 25, Baylor Scheierman 7-11 3-4 21, Douglas Wilson 5-9 4-7 14, Luke Appel 5-7 0-2 11, Alex Arians 0-0 4-5 4, Charlie Easley 1-3 0-0 3, Zeke Mayo 1-2 0-0 2, Matt Dentlinger 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 28-51 14-23 80.
GM 32 44 – 76
SDSU 35 45 – 80
3-point field goals – GM 8-24 (Schwartz 3-8, Cooper 3-9, Jones 1-3, Hartwell 1-4), SDSU 10-20 (Appel 1-1, Scheierman 4-7, Freidel 4-8, Easley 1-3, Mayo 0-1). Rebounds – GM 29 (Oduro 7), SDSU 27 (Wilson 6). Assists – GM 16 (Cooper 6), SDSU 15 (Mayo 4). Steals – GM 3 (Cooper 2), SDSU 1 (Easley). Blocks – GM 2 (Oduro, Johnson), SDSU 3 (Freidel, Arians, Easley). Turnovers – GM 8, SDSU 8. Total fouls – GM 21, SDSU 16. Fouled out – GM Oduro, Gaines; SDSU Appel. Technical fouls – none. A – 1,626.