South Dakota State men's basketball used an all-around effort to close the Sanford Pentagon Showcase with an 81-58 win over Milwaukee on Sunday in front of 1,346 fans.
SDSU (2-6) hit on a season-high 62.8 percent of its field goals and finished 11-of-20 from beyond the arc, adding 16 from the charity stripe out of 22 attempts. Milwaukee (2-4) was limited to a 38.9 percent effort from the field, and though the team hit 13 3-pointers, 15 turnovers led to a 20-13 advantage for SDSU in points off turnovers.
Mike Daum earned All-Tournament Team honors after posting a 32-point, five-rebound, six-assist effort in the weekend's finale. Reed Tellinghuisen added 11 points off of 3-for-4 shooting from behind the arc to join Daum in double figures. A.J. Hess just missed his third straight game with double digits, hitting three 3s to finishing with nine points while Skyler Flatten and Andre Wallace added eight off the bench.
A suffocating defense and 4-for-4 start from the field helped SDSU force three turnovers and open up an 11-0 lead in the first five minutes of play, giving the Jacks an advantage they never gave up.
Milwaukee ended the run with a trey at 14:31 for its first points of the day, but the Jacks continued its hot shooting and led, 19-3, inside 12 minutes to go after a 3-pointer from Daum after another spurt of eight unanswered.
SDSU's lead hit 20 (27-7) at 7:22 when Hess hit his second 3-pointer of the day at 7:22, and grew to its largest of the first half (28) when Hess hit another long ball 41 seconds before the break.
Six separate runs of five or more in the first half helped SDSU carry a 44-19 lead in the locker room.
The Jacks shot 17-for-28 (60.7 percent) from the field and hit 8-of-16 from beyond the arc in the opening frame, forcing eight Milwaukee turnovers while committing just three of their own.
SDSU withstood an 11-5 Panther run over the opening five minutes of the second half, recovering with a Wallace 3-pointer at 15:21 to move the Jackrabbit lead back above 20 (52-30) before a media break.
That jumper opened a string of nine straight for the Jackrabbits that brought the game inside 12 minutes to go as SDSU matched the 28-point lead, 58-30, with 11:30 remaining.
Relatively even play kept the margin in a position over the final 10 minutes before SDSU's largest lead of the game, 29 (79-50) came at 2:19 off a layup from Sergio El Darwich. The Panthers cut the lead to 21 a minute later, the Jacks closed out the win and snapped their four-game losing streak in dominant fashion.
Head Coach T.J. Otzelberger
On team's play today ...
"Our guys played with a great sense of purpose from start to finish. I think we came out, and obviously wanted to get Mike (Daum) established and get him going and play off his post catches. Our guys did a good job mainting that focus and purpose from start to finish and finishing and executing and not getting away from our game plan ... it was a great job from our guys. I couldn't be happier with their performance."
On Daum's play ...
"He did. Were searching for our offensive identity and I think tonight we found how we needed to play. I want to get up and down in transition and play fast but that will come to us. We have to establish establish ourselves as a really good half court team. Tonight that came to fruition."
On team's shooting ...
"We just had a lot more poise. Played through that catch with Mike and were patient. We didn't try to make things happen that weren't there and took what came to us and stayed patient in possessions."
South Dakota State closes out the 2016 Sanford Pentagon Showcase with a 1-3 record in the event.
SDSU's 44 first half points were the most the team has scored this season, and the most first half points since Feb. 27 of last year when SDSU had 41 against Oral Roberts.
The combination of Sergio El Darwich, Tevin King, A.J. Hess, Reed Tellinghuisen and Mike Daum was the fifth starting lineup the Jackrabbits have put on the court through eight games this season.
Mike Daum reached 20 points for the 12th time in his career. He has hit the mark in five of the last six games and has been in double figures 37 times for his career.
Mike Daum broke the 30-point barrier for the first time in his career and set a new career-high in points, breaking his previous mark of 26 set against Oral Roberts on March 5, 2016 in the Summit League Tournament.
Mike Daum was named to the All-Tournament team alongside ETSU's T.J. Cromer (MVP) and Desonta Bradford, UC Irvine's Jaron Martin and Milwaukee's Brock Stull.
South Dakota State returns to Frost Arena for two games next week after two weeks away and only one home game in the opening three weeks of the season. The Jackrabbits host Minnesota Crookston on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m., and Kansas City on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 11 a.m.