Jacks Grab #1 Seed in Summit
South Dakota State is assured of at least a share of the Summit League men's basketball championship for the first time in school history, as the Jackrabbits (13-3) wrapped up the regular season with a 100-82 win at Omaha. The victory did clinch the top seed in the post season tournament, by virtue of a tiebreaker with second place Western Illinois, who still has one game left Saturday.
Forward Chad White had a red hot shooting night for SDSU, going 8-for-11, with 6 three-pointers, to lead the Jacks with 23 points. Guard Nate Wolters, who missed practice time this week with a sore hip, didn't show any ill effects, notching another double-double (18 points/10 assists) to go along with seven rebounds.
The Jackrabbits dominated the Mavericks (6-9) on the boards, winning the rebounding battle 50-24.
South Dakota State did their best to put the game out of reach early, as they went down low in the first few minutes of the game with Tony Fiegen and Jordan Dykstra helping to get SDSU off to a 7-0 start. White took over from outside 3 three-pointers on 5-for-5 first half shooting, 13 points at the break. Overall, SDSU shot 51 percent first half, and led 51-31 at intermission.
Omaha's Justin Simmons bounced back from a slow start to pump in 24 of his game high 29 points in the second half, as UNO slashed the SDSU lead to nine points with 3:42 to play.
The Jacks slammed the door shut with a 16-7 run to end the game and capture the Summit League crown.
South Dakota State is the number one seed in the conference tournament, and will open play against IUPUI next Saturday night at the Sioux Falls Arena. The Jackrabbits win the Summit outright if South Dakota wins at Western Illinois Saturday night.