SDSU Falls Just Short In Cayman Islands Classic

(From the SDSU sports desk)

GEORGE TOWN, Grand Cayman — South Dakota State saw a second-half surge fall short Monday in the opening round of the Cayman Islands Classic, losing 77-65 to Wyoming at John Gray Gymnasium.

The Jacks (3-2) shot 37 percent from the field and hit nine 3-pointers. State got to the free line 30 times and hit 22 of them, but was hurt by 23 turnovers that led to 31 Wyoming points.

South Dakota State did force 17 Cowboy turnovers and won the rebounding battle, 38-35, but three double-figure scorers lifted Wyoming to the win.

Reed Tellinghuisen led the Jacks with 16 points and six rebounds, while Mike Daum and Brandon Key had 10 points each. Daum posted a game-high nine boards on the day while David Jenkins Jr. paced the team with four assists.

Both teams struggled to find offensive rhythm in the first, shooting a combined 16-for-54 as State trailed the Cowboys, 27-24 at the break. The game saw seven lead changes in the opening 20 minutes and neither team led by more than four throughout the period.

South Dakota State will play Iowa Tuesday at 11 a.m. CT / Noon ET. The Hawkeyes lost to Louisiana-Lafayette in the first round, 80-71.