SDSU Men Continue USD’s Frost Arena Misery

Jacks Beat Coyotes 71-57

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South Dakota State missed its first 12 shots on Saturday against South Dakota, which opened the game 6 for 8 from the floor in opening a 20-0 lead, but the Jackrabbits answered with a 28-2 run, and hung on for a 71-57 win in front of a season-high crowd of 5,354 fans at Frost Arena.

The win in the South Dakota Corn Showdown Series and 23rd Annual Lamb Bonanza runs the Jacks winning streak to four, and boosts their record to 13-7 overall and to 4-2 in The Summit League. The Coyotes loss snaps their three-game winning streak and drops them to 9-10 overall and to 3-2 in league play.

“The start was unbelievable. I’ve been through this enough to know that with crowds like this, in games like this, that sometimes your adrenaline can be so high and then once the game starts you just flat line,” said head coach Scott Nagy, who coached the game in his bare feet to raise money and awareness for Samaritan’s Feet.

“They came in with a good focus, we got off to a bad start, and I told the players, in all the games that I’ve coached, I’ve never started off 20 to nothing, much less win the basketball game.”

After the 6 for 8 start, the Coyotes made only two of their next 20 shots from the floor, which included a streak of 15 straight misses. The Jacks, on the other hand, made 11 of their next 15 shots, part of an 18-0 run, that got them back into the game at 20-18 with 6 minutes, 58 seconds left in the first half.

SDSU turned that 18-0 run into a 28-2 run, part of which included the Jacks taking their first lead at 23-22, on a pair of Keaton Moffitt free throws with 4:53 remaining in the half, and ended with a Zach Horstman 3-point play that put the Jacks up 28-22 less than two minutes later.

“I was proud of them, because they could’ve gotten discouraged the way it started, but they didn’t, they worked themselves back into the game” added Nagy. “From that point on, we were much, much better defensively, which led to better offense for us.”

The Jacks led by as many as seven points in the first half, but the Coyotes scored the final four points of the frame to cut the SDSU lead to just two at 31-29 at halftime.
The visitors scored first in the second half to force the first of three second half ties, and then took the lead from the free throw line a 90 seconds into the half, the first of eight lead changes in the first 10 minutes of the frame.

The final lead change came with 10:11 left, a George Marshall 3-pointer that put the Jacks up 45-44, part of a 25-6 run, that ended with the Jacks largest lead at 67-50 with 2:20 left.

Reed Tellinghuisen and Deondre Parks led the Jackrabbits with 15 points in the win, with Tellinghuisen adding a career- and team-high eight rebounds and a pair of blocks. Marshall added 12 points, all of them in the second half.

Cody Larson finished with nine points and six rebounds, while Moffitt added eight points, all of them in the 28-2 first half run.

Brandon Bos led all players in the game with 18 points. Tyler Larson scored 12 points and added a game-high 12 rebounds for the game’s only double-double. Hunter James also scored 10 points in the loss.

The Jackrabbits look to make it five in a row overall and 13 in a row at home on Wednesday, when they host Summit League preseason favorite Fort Wayne in Frost Arena at 7 p.m.

NOTES: Saturday’s game marked the 210th meeting in the series, with SDSU holding a 120-89-1 edge … SDSU also leads the series 95-74 in conference games, 5-2 in The Summit League and 26-8 at Frost Arena … Nagy coached in his bare feet, marking the seventh straight season he’s done so to raise money and awareness for Samaritan’s Feet … the game also represented the 23rd Annual Lamb Bonanza … SDSU improves to 11-1 this season when leading at the half, to 8-0 at home and to 7-1 when holding its opponents to fewer than 60 points … SDSU finished a game with five or more blocks for the 10th time this season … the Jackrabbits combined for 87 blocks so far this season, 15 shy of last year’s season total of 102