BROOKINGS, S.D. (GoJacks.com) — Douglas Wilson’s return was the spark South Dakota State needed, as the Jackrabbits opened Summit League play with an 83-77 win over Western Illinois Friday night in Frost Arena.
The reigning Summit League Player of the Year, Wilson posted a game-high on 22 points on 9-of-14 shooting. A native of Des Moines, Iowa, Wilson logged 26 off the bench after missing the previous four games.
Luke Appel tied his career high, scoring 16 points while grabbing five rebounds. Baylor Scheierman added 16 points, nine boards and four assists for the Jacks (7-3, 1-0 in the Summit League).
Adam Anhold posted a career-high 16 points to lead the Leathernecks, who fell to 2-8 overall and 1-3 in league play.
South Dakota State used a lethal combination of inside and outside shooting, defeating Western Illinois 92-63 Saturday night in Frost Arena.
The Jackrabbits (8-3, 2-0 Summit League) shot 53 percent overall, 31-of-58, and hit 11 of 21 3-pointers (52 percent) to claim their third win of the week.
Noah Freidel collected 25 points and tied his career high with eight rebounds to lead an SDSU offensive attack that saw five score in double figures.
Baylor Scheierman recorded his sixth double-double, 11 points and 11 rebounds. Wilson posted 14 points and six rebounds in 20 minutes, while David Wingett (15) and Alex Arians (11) also cracked double digits in the scoring column.
South Dakota State is scheduled to play at Omaha Jan. 15-16. Each game is slated for 7 p.m. at Baxter Arena in Omaha.