02/09/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 02/09/2019 19:08
Tied at 38 with 18 minutes to play, the Jackrabbits broke out on a 20-2 run over the next four-plus minutes to take control for good, improving to 20-6 on the season and 10-1 in Summit League play.
Winners of nine consecutive, SDSU shot 50 percent for the game and went 17-of-19 at the charity stripe, overcoming a cold start from deep to maintain its first-place spot in the league standings.
posted a 29-point, 20-rebound double-double, going 10-of-19 from the field (10-of-11 from inside the arc) while hitting all eight of his free throws.
and each had 15 points, as Arians was 6-of-7 from the field with six rebounds. Jenkins hit two 3-pointers in the game and added a pair of assists.
rounded out the double-figure scorers for SDSU with 11 points, including a pair of highlight-reel dunks in the second half to go with three steals.
put together an all-around effort with eight points, six assists and five rebounds in the win.
'I thought it was obviously a tough first half shooting the basketball, starting 0-for-15 from (deep),' head coach said. 'The way we shot it is not gonna happen too often. We talked about it a lot at halftime, how defense and guarding and getting deflections and steals was gonna 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 and it allowed us to open up that game. I'm proud of our guys for how they they came out of the locker room at halftime. They had great energy and effort.'
South Dakota State and North Dakota traded momentum runs throughout the first half. The Jackrabbits led by as many as nine early, but carried just a 33-32 lead into the break as the Fighting Hawks battled back late in the first.
Up one at halftime, Daum buried a trey on the opening possession of the half, but UND answered once again to draw even at 38. From that point on, however, it was all Jackrabbits as South Dakota State outscored North Dakota by 25 the rest of the way.
started the scoring burst with an old-fashioned 3-point play, and moments later Frost Arena came to life as steal-and-slam forced a UND timeout at 17:18.
All told, the Jackrabbits opened the burst with nine unanswered and ended it with 11 straight, building a 58-40 lead before the 13-minute mark. UND stopped the Jackrabbit burst shortly thereafter, but with 7:22 left in the game South Dakota State opened another 12-0 scoring burst, pushing the lead past 20, where it stayed until the final buzzer.