|SDSU defeats Denver to set up showdown with USD
Sports Staff - March 6, 2017
BROOKINGS, S.D. - No. 4 seed South Dakota State took care of business in its Summit League Tournament opener Sunday evening, taking down No. 5 seed Denver, 83-73, at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center.
SDSU (16-16) saw three players reach double figures, led by Mike Daum's 33 points. Daum hit 13 of 15 from the charity stripe and led all scorers. Reed Tellinghuisen added 18 points along with a team-high nine rebounds and Chris Howell joined the Jackrabbit duo in double figures, finishing with 10 points and six rebounds.
Down 7-4 early, SDSU took command with 10 unanswered behind a pair of Tellinghuisen 3-pointers to lead by seven past the under-16 media. The Jacks moved the advantage to double figures (24-13) inside 10 minutes to play, and soon doubled up the Pioneers, 34-17, on a Daum 3-pointer at 6:53.
Denver clawed back to single digits over the final four minutes of the half, however, and the Jacks led, 43-36, at the break.
State burst out of the locker room on an 18-5 tear, going up 20 (61-41) at 15:30 as it looked to squash any DU comeback hopes.
From there, however, the Jacks went cold from the field for over seven minutes as Denver crawled to within 12 (67-55) past the 10-minute mark. SDSU recovered, though, to post the next eight points, stretching its lead back to 21 as Denver faced a nearly four-minute scoring drought of its own.
South Dakota State advances to face top-seeded South Dakota at 6 p.m., today (Monday) in the Summit League Tournament semifinals.