South Dakota State tops in Summit, beats South Dakota 76-72
BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) — Mike Daum scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, David Jenkins Jr. added 18 points and a key 3-pointer late, and South Dakota State beat South Dakota 76-72 on Thursday night to win its first outright Summit League regular-season championship.
The Jackrabbits shared the title in 2012-13, 2014-15 and 2015-16 and will be the No. 1 seed in next month’s Summit League Championships.
Lane Severyn scored 14 points with four 3s and Reed Tellinghuisen added 13 points for the Jackrabbits (24-6, 12-1), who have won 20 straight at home for the nation’s longest active home winning streak.
Trailing by as many as 14 in the first half, the Coyotes tied it at 53 on Matt Mooney’s layup, and led 61-57 on his 3 with 6:04 left to play. The lead traded hands until Jenkins’ 3 sparked a 9-0 run for a 71-63 Jackrabbits lead. Mooney hit back-to-back 3s and the Coyotes closed to 74-72 on Brandon Armstrong’s free throw with two seconds left, but Jenkins iced it with two from the stripe.
Skyler Flatten’s dunk put South Dakota State up 33-19 and the Jackrabbits led 40-30 at halftime after 3s by Daum and Jenkins.
Mooney scored 33 points with five 3s for the second-place Coyotes (24-7, 11-3), who saw their six-game win streak end in their regular-season finale. Tyler Peterson added 12 points with 10 boards.