MBB: Jacks Bison split weekend series

FARGO, N.D. (GoJacks.com) – Charlie Easley’s 3-pointer with 18 seconds left provided the South Dakota State men’s basketball team with the winning margin in a 68-67 road victory over North Dakota State Friday night at the Scheels Center.

The Jacks started strong, as Alex Arians, Baylor Scheierman and Matt Dentlinger combined to score 14 points, staking the visitors to a double-digit edge. SDSU increased its advantage to 13 before the Bison closed the first on a 9-2 run, shrinking the Jackrabbit lead to 40-34 at the half.

Runs were the story of the second half. NDSU scored seven straight to climb within two, only for the Jacks to rattle off eight in a row, stretching the margin to 53-43 with 13:58 remaining. The Bison scored 22 of the next 27 points, claiming their largest lead, 65-60, at the 2:03 mark.

Having scored only three field goals in the previous 12 minutes, the Jacks hit three in the final 1:44, outscoring the hosts 8-2 down the stretch to claim the win.

Dentlinger scored at the rim as the Jacks closed to within three. Scheierman evened the tally with a triple, but NDSU forward Rocky Kreuser regained the lead for his team with a basket at 0:39. That set the stage for Easley’s heroics and a final possession in which SDSU’s defense prevented the Bison from attempting a game-winning shot.

The Jacks buried 13-of-25 from long range (52 percent) to make up for only making three visits to the free throw line. NDSU shot an even 50 percent overall, 25-of-50, but was only 7-of-20 on 3s and 10-of-15 at the stripe.

North Dakota State built up a 22-point lead and held on to defeat South Dakota State 84-82 in Summit League men’s basketball Saturday night at the Scheels Center.

The Bison (12-10, 10-4 Summit League) did not trail in the final 36 minutes, but SDSU (13-6, 7-3) made them sweat it out until the final horn.

Douglas Wilson scored a season-high 29 points on 11-of-16 shooting to lead the Jacks. Matt Dentlinger added 15 points and eight rebounds while Baylor Scheierman chipped in with 14 points and five assists.

Six North Dakota State players scored in double figures, with Kreuser’s 17 leading the way.

SDSU shot 57 percent but only 5-of-19 from 3-point range, while NDSU was 56 percent overall and 11-of-23 from deep.

SDSU is scheduled to host Kansas City in the final weekend of the regular season. Games are slated 7:30 both for Friday and Saturday at Frost Arena in Brookings.