Jacks drop close one at Omaha

OMAHA, Neb. (GoJacks.com) — South Dakota State men’s basketball came out on the short end of a seesaw Summit League opener, falling 81-78 to Omaha Sunday in a contest that included 17 lead changes.

Noah Freidel poured in a career-high 28 points with six 3-pointers on the afternoon, leading a Jackrabbit attack that shot 50.8 percent from the field.

Alex Arians and Douglas Wilson each hit 6-of-10 from the field and finished with 16 and 13 points, respectively. Arians added a team-best seven rebounds, while Wilson led the way with a career-high four assists.

Matt Dentlinger tallied six boards and seven points in the post as one of four Jackrabbits to record a block.

South Dakota State returns to Frost Arena for a two-game homestand. The Jackrabbits host Oral Roberts Thursday at 8:15 p.m., followed by a 4:15 p.m. Saturday matchup against Western Illinois.