TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – South Dakota State (1-1) dropped a hard-fought road contest, 104-88, against No. 13 Alabama (2-0) Friday evening inside Coleman Coliseum. The Jacks were within three at the halfway point but a 10-0 Crimson Tide run out of the break, paired with foul trouble by the SDSU forwards, allowed Alabama to separate itself.
Nine Jackrabbits scored and five finished in double figures, led by 23 points from Noah Freidel and 12-point outings from Zeke Mayo, Douglas Wilson and Alex Arians. Baylor Scheierman turned in his second consecutive double-double to open the year with 10 points and a career-high 18 rebounds to go along with six assists.
Wilson was forced to the bench early in the game with two fouls within the first eight minutes, opening an opportunity for fellow big man Luke Appel. Appel dished out a career-best six assists along with six points and five rebounds.
South Dakota State will continue its road trip Sunday, Nov. 14 against Stephen F. Austin. Tip from Nacogdoches, Texas is set for 2 p.m.