Freidel scores 26 as Jacks defeat Coyotes

BROOKINGS, S.D. — Jackrabbit men’s basketball claimed at least a share of its third-consecutive Summit League regular season title Sunday with an 85-80 victory over South Dakota.

Playing in front of a season-high 4,572 fans, South Dakota State (22-8, 13-2 Summit League) shot 50 percent from the field and used a 9-0 run midway through the second half to put the Coyotes away.

Noah Freidel led all scorers with 26 points, draining three 3-pointers and burying 7-of-8 from the free throw line.  Douglas Wilson, who missed the first matchup due to injury, made his presence felt early and often on his way to a 20-point, seven-rebound showing. Alex Arians and David Wingett each scored 13 points. Arians, who matched Matt Dentlinger and Brandon Key with a team-high three assists, recorded seven rebounds.

The Coyotes had four players in double figures led by Stanley Umede with 15 points.  Triston Simson added 14, Cody Kelly with 13 and Tyler Hagedor, added 12.

South Dakota (19-11, 9-6 Summit League) wraps up their regular season at home vs North Dakota on February 29th.

South Dakota State wraps up the 2019-20 regular season Thursday at North Dakota State. The Jackrabbits and Bison tip at 7 p.m. in Fargo, North Dakota. SDSU can clinch the No. 1 seed in next month’s Summit League Championship with a win.

(SDSU & USD Sports Information)