SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (GoJack.com) — South Dakota State spotted Saint Mary’s a 19-3 lead and couldn’t recover, as the Jackrabbits suffered a 72-59 defeat at the hands of the Gaels in the fifth place game of the Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic Friday night.
The Jackrabbits (1-2) didn’t score their 10th point until the 6:04 mark of the first half, as the Gaels built up a 22-point advantage.
The Jacks closed the first half on a 9-2 run and opened the second stanza with a bucket by Douglas Wilson, trimming Saint Mary’s edge to 38-26. On two other occasions, SDSU would draw to within 12, but the West Coast Conference foe never allowed State any closer.
SDSU shot 36 percent overall, 2-of-12 from deep and a mere 15-of-27 from the free throw line.
Noah Friedel was a bright spot on offense, scoring 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting. Alex Arians was SDSU’s other double figure scorer, tallying 11 points and seven rebounds.
Alex Ducas paced Saint Mary’s (2-1) with a game-high 25 points. The Gaels outrebounded the Jacks 43-31 and hit 10-of-26 3-pointers.
South Dakota State is scheduled to play at Iowa State on Wednesday, Dec. 2, in Ames, Iowa. The game is slated for 6 p.m. and will be broadcast via Big 12 Now on ESPN+.