Second half rally fuels Sunday win

BROOKINGS, S.D. ( — The South Dakota State men’s basketball team turned in a dominant second half performance Sunday afternoon during its 23rd straight win inside Frost Arena, topping Purdue Fort Wayne 75-62.

Facing a double-digit deficit for much of the first half, South Dakota State opened the second with 12 unanswered as the foundation of a larger 40-7 run. All told, the Jacks outscored the ‘Dons by 23 over the final 20 minutes to flip the script and defend home court.

SDSU is now 20-8 overall and 11-2 in Summit League play, claiming sole possession of first-place in the league standings.

Matt Dentlinger led the way with his fifth double-double of the season, pulling down 10 rebounds to go with 18 points. Dentlinger buried all eight of his field goal attempts and both free throw efforts, and set a new career-high with five blocks.

Douglas Wilson added 17 on 7-of-8 shooting, while David Wingett had 14 points with a trio of 3-pointers. Both Jackrabbits have five rebounds, sitting third on the team in boards behind Baylor Scheierman (six rebounds, nine points) and Dentlinger.

South Dakota State heads North for a midweek game in Grand Forks, North Dakota. The Jackrabbits and North Dakota Fighting Hawks tip at 7 p.m. Wednesday.