BROOKINGS, S.D. (GoJacks.com) — South Dakota State used a dominant defense and a physical offensive attack to pull away from Kansas City 67-49 in men’s basketball action Friday night at Frost Arena.
SDSU (14-6, 8-3 Summit League) kept its regular season conference title hopes alive by shooting 63 percent and holding the visiting Roos (11-11, 7-6) to 33 percent from the field.
The trio of Douglas Wilson, Luke Appel and Matt Dentlinger controlled the area surrounding the rim. Appel posted a career-high 17 points, making 6-of-9. Dentlinger added 13 points on 6-of-7 attempts, while Wilson contributed nine. Those three led an interior attack that outscored Kansas City 42-18 in the painted area.
Appel and Dentlinger joined Baylor Scheierman in double figures. Scheierman recorded his 12th double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds in 36 minutes.
SDSU’s defense limited Kansas City to 17-of-51 shooting and shutout the Roos for three minutes or more on four separate occasions.
South Dakota State shot a school record 73.5 percent to secure a top-two seed in next week’s Summit League Tournament and claim an 89-77 win over Kansas City in its regular season finale at Frost Arena.
The Jackrabbits (15-6, 9-3 Summit League) hit on each of their first six attempts and never looked back, finishing the night 25-of-34 from the field. That surpassed the previous school mark of 68.9 percent, when the Jacks made 31-of-45 in a win over Southern on Dec. 7, 2019.
Five Jackrabbits scored in double figures. Douglas Wilson posted a game-high 20 points, making 6-of-7 from the field and 8-of-10 at the free throw line. Baylor Scheierman, Luke Appel and Matt Dentlinger all added 16 points, while Alex Arians chipped in with 11.
The Jackrabbits will be interested spectators in Sunday’s game in Vermillion between North Dakota State and South Dakota. A Bison victory would propel SDSU to the No. 1 seed and the league title, while a Coyote win would give USD those honors. Under the latter scenario, the Jacks would be the second seed.
SDSU will be a top-two seed in the Summit League Men’s Basketball Championship beginning next Saturday, Mar. 6 at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls. Seedings and game times will be announced at the conclusion of conference play on Sunday.