BROOKINGS, S.D. — David Jenkins made four 3-pointers and scored 31 points, Mike Daum had 20 points and 13 rebounds and defending Summit League champion South Dakota State beat Grand Canyon 79-74 on Tuesday night to extend the nation's longest active home winning streak to 21 straight games.
Jenkins, the 2017-18 Summit League freshman of the year, was 8 of 16 from the field and 11 of 15 at the free-throw line. Daum, the two-time Summit League player of the year, finished sixth in the nation in points at 23.9 and 14th in rebounds at 10.3 last year. He has a chance to become the ninth player in Division I history to reach 3,000 career points as he entered the season with 2,232.
South Dakota State has reached the NCAA Tournament the past three seasons, and five of the last seven. The Jackrabbits went 28-7 last year and challenged Ohio State in the first round of the tournament.
Trey Drechsel and Carlos Johnson each scored 17 points for Grand Canyon. Sophomore center Alessandro Lever, picked as the Western Athletic Conference's preseason player of the year, scored nine points.
Twice in the last four seasons, Grand Canyon has opened the season on the road against the nation's top-ranked team.
Marquette women thump SDSU
MARQUETTE -- Natisha Hiedeman made five 3-pointers and scored 21 points, reigni ng Big East player of the year Allazia Blockton scored 15 of her 19 points in the second half and No. 19 Marquette beat South Dakota State 91-52 on Tuesday in a season opener.
Marquette returned all five starters from last season's team that reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament — its latest exit since 2011.
Hiedeman hit 4 of 7 3-pointers in the first half and Isabelle Spingola made all three of hers to help Marquette build a 44-25 halftime lead. The Golden Eagles were 10 of 19 from distance in the half, making 7 of 8 in the second quarter, and finished with 13 makes.
South Dakota State is picked to win the Summit League after a 26-7 season a year ago, falling to Big East opponent Villanova in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Macy Miller, who was named the league's preseason player of the year, finished with seven points on 2-of-10 shooting.