Men battle No. 14 Arizona, but fall on the road

TUCSON, A.Z. (GoJacks.com) — South Dakota State men’s basketball went toe-to-toe with No. 14 Arizona Thursday night at the McKale Center, but ultimately fell 71-64 to the Wildcats.

The Jackrabbits (4-3) led for over 20 minutes of game action and shot 46.8 percent as a team, but Arizona outscored SDSU by 10 in the second half to defend home court.

Douglas Wilson led the offensive attack with 15 points, hitting 5-of-7 from the field with another 5-of-7 effort at the charity stripe. Brandon Key added 13 points from the point, dishing a game-high six assists over 36 minutes.

Matt Dentlinger matched Wilson with a 5-of-7 effort on field goals to finish with 11 points, while Noah Freidel had a team-high seven rebounds, just ahead of Arians’ six boards and Dentlinger’s five.

Josh Green (15 points), Nico Mannion (14 points) and Zeke Nnaji (12 points) led Arizona in scoring.

South Dakota State returns to Brookings Sunday to host Mississippi Valley State. The Jackrabbits and Delta Devils tip at 2 p.m. from Frost Arena on Epilepsy Awareness Day.

(PHOTO: SDSU Sports Information)