(From the SDSU sports desk)
BOISE, Idaho — A furious comeback down the stretch put all of March Madness on notice, but the 12th-seeded South Dakota State Jackrabbits saw their season come to a heartbreaking end at the NCAA Tournament’s West Region, falling 81-73 to No. 5 seed Ohio State.
The Jackrabbits stormed back from 10 down with less than five minutes to play as the Taco Bell Arena fans came to their feet, but the upset bid fell short as the Buckeyes used a 3-pointer and eight free throws in the final two minutes to escape with the win.
SDSU (28-7) finished 38.1 percent in the game and hit 13 3-pointers while going 12-for-14 at the charity stripe. Mike Daum led all scorers with 27 points, hitting five 3-pointers with six rebounds over 37 minutes of action. David Jenkins Jr. and Brandon Key each had 16 points as Jenkins buried all six of his free throws and Key sank a career-high four 3-pointers in addition to four assists.Reed Tellinghuisen added 10 points and seven boards while Tevin King led the team with nine rebounds.
Ohio State (25-8) finished the game with a 37.5 field goal percentage but used an 18-6 advantage in points off of turnovers to keep SDSU at bay.
South Dakota State ends its season with a program-record 28 wins. The 2018-19 season tips off in 236 days on Tuesday, Nov. 6.