Mike Daum scored 33 points and grabbed a career-high 19 rebounds and top-seeded South Dakota State beat No. 8 seed Western Illinois 66-60 on Saturday night in the Summit League Tournament quarterfinals.
The Jackrabbits advance to play Sunday's winner between No. 4 seed Fort Wayne and fifth-seeded North Dakota State.
Western Illinois extended its 32-29 halftime lead to 43-34 before the Jackrabbits went on an 8-0 run with Daum making two free throws, a layup and a jump shot. Isaac Johnson's jumper made it 45-42 for the Leathernecks, and Brandon Key sandwiched a pair of layups between one from Skyler Flatten and South Dakota State (26-6) led the rest of the way. Daum sealed it with a 3-pointer and four three throws in the final 2:15.
Daum missed 14 of 23 shots but made 12 of 13 from the foul line. South Dakota State shot just 33 percent from the field but was 17 of 25 from the foul line.
Johnson led Western Illinois (12-16) with 17 points and a career-high 15 rebounds.
South Dakota men cruise by Omaha 87-73
Matt Mooney scored 20 and second-seeded South Dakota beat seventh-seeded Omaha 87-73 in the quarterfinals of the Summit League Tournament on Saturday night.
The Coyotes (25-7) led by 27 in the first half and easily held on to advance to a Monday semifinal matchup against Sunday's Denver-Oral Roberts winner.
South Dakota scored the first seven points of the game and had additional first-half runs of 12-0, 6-0 and 10-0 to lead 44-17.
Omaha closed the first half with an 11-2 run to get within 18 at halftime and closed within 13 early in the second half but got no closer.
Nick Fuller had 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting, Trey Burch-Manning made 6 of 7 from the field to score 14 and Brandon Armstrong added 11 points for the Coyotes.
Zach Jackson had 17 of his 26 points in the second half for the Mavericks (9-22). Daniel Norl scored 11.
USD women roll in opener, 83-32 over Fort Wayne
South Dakota junior guard Jaycee Bradley scored a career high 27 points and set a Summit League Tournament record for 3-pointers made in a game to pace the Coyotes in a 83-32 win over Fort Wayne on Saturday afternoon.
Bradley's 27 points came on 8-of-9 shooting from the field with 7-of-8 made 3-pointers. The seven triples tied her career high and tied the tournament record.
"When you see the first shot go in, it feels pretty good, but we kept moving the ball around and other people were hitting shots in the first quarter too," said Bradley. "We really fed off one another and my teammates did a great job of getting me the ball and recognized that I was on."
Joining Bradley in double figures was freshman guard Chloe Lamb with 14 points and Taylor Frederick's 11 points. Lamb made 6-of-7 baskets, dished out a career-high six assists and grabbed four rebounds. Frederick grabbed eight rebounds, tallied three steals and handed out a pair of assists.
"It is a very unique situation that we have," said USD head coach Dawn Plitzuweit. "There is something special about these young ladies. When Allison Arens, who is a first team all-conference player, had only four shots the entire game. She had eight rebounds in the game and was getting Jaycee the ball, realizing that she was knocking down shots. She's also cheering on her teammates.
"The excitement that our players have for their teammates is a really neat feature of this group."
The tone was set early as Bradley knocked down a triple nine seconds in. She drained five from downtown in the first quarter to tie her season high as South Dakota (25-5) jumped out to a 24-2 lead. Lamb caught a missed shot just before the quarter horn and scooped in a reverse layup to wrap up the first 10 minutes of tournament action.
SDSU women topple North Dakota State
South Dakota State had five players score in double figures as the Jackrabbits recorded an 87-62 win over North Dakota State in Saturday's Summit League Basketball Championships.
The Jackrabbits, 24-6, were led by Macy Miller's game-high 19 points. Sydney Palmer scored a season-high 13 points. Madison Guebert and Tylee Irwin each added 12 points while Myah Selland recorded 10 points, nine rebounds and five steals.
North Dakota State, 9-20, was led by Reilly Jacobson's 19 points and 12 rebounds.
South Dakota State closed the first quarter with an 8-2 run. Palmer and Rylie Cascio Jensen each hit 3-pointers during the run, which tied the game 18-18.
The Jackrabbits used a 23-3 run to close the second quarter to lead 48-31 at halftime. Irwin scored 10 of her points in the second quarter while Miller added seven points.
SDSU led by 16, 63-46, after three quarters and took a 25-point lead, 77-51, with 4:43 to play on a Selland layup.