SDSU Men’s Basketball Falls Just Short

(From the SDSU sports desk)

South Dakota State men’s basketball battled and put No. 6 Wichita State on the ropes Tuesday, but ultimately fell, 95-85, at Charles Koch Arena.

The Jackrabbits (7-4) shot 50 percent in the game and nailed 14 3-pointers while the Shockers finished 35-for-64 (54.7 percent) from the field with 10 from long range. Neither team was automatic from the charity stripe, as SDSU hit 13-of-20 and Wichita State missed nine of its 24 attempts.

Mike Daum led all scorers with 31 points, drilling seven 3-pointers with a 6-for-6 effort from the free throw line. Daum added a team-high six rebounds, even with Tevin King, who added 14 points and a career-high nine assists while not committing a turnover. Brandon Key had five assists and 10 points while Reed Tellinghuisen hit three 3-pointers for his nine points.

The Shockers hit a 3-pointer in the first possession of the second half, but the Jacks went on an 11-3 run over the next two and half minutes to open up a 61-48 lead (their largest of the night) and stave off an initial comeback. Wichita State continued to chip away, however, and took back the lead, 78-77 with 6:43 to go as part of a 16-1 run. The Jacks looked for an answer down the stretch, but could not put together a final push and the upset bid fell short.

South Dakota State returns home Friday to face Concordia (Neb.) at Frost Arena. The game tips at 5:30 p.m. as part of a Jackrabbit doubleheader with the wrestling program, who takes on Central Michigan following the hoops contest.