Summit League Men’s Tournament: South Dakota State Survives a Scare, Beats IUPUI
The mismatch a lot of basketball fans were expecting in the opening round of the Summit League Men's Basketball Tournament between top seed South Dakota State and eighth seed IUPUI didn't happen Saturday night at the Sioux Falls Arena. The Jacks got the victory, 66-49, but it was hardly easy.
The Jaguars weren't intimidated early, as they scored the first five points of the game, but South Dakota State came roaring back, going on an 18-2 run with six offensive rebounds and great ball movement and passing to open up an 11 point lead. Jordan Dykstra keying the attack with nine of his 16 points, while Tony Fiegen was working the offensive glass with four first half boards on the Jacks end.
But IUPUI clamped down on the boards, and Mitchell Patton got things going inside, as the Jags closed the gap to four at the break, 31-27.
IUPUI wasn't going away in the second half, as Patton continued to dominate in the paint, but when Patton picked up his fourth foul with 13:42 left and went to the bench, SDSU made their move.
Nate Wolters started to penetrate the lane more scoring and dishing the ball, as the Jacks extended their lead by six, to 46-35, before Patton could return after five minutes.
Tony Fiegen was a force on the boards, grabbing six of SDSU's 10 offensive rebounds, while pouring in 15 points.
South Dakota State plays in the semifinals Monday night at 6:00 against the Fort Wayne - Oakland winner.