DENVER, Colo. ( — The Jackrabbit men’s basketball team shook off a rocky start Wednesday to win its third-straight, topping Denver at Magness Arena, 80-68.

South Dakota State (12-7, 3-1 Summit League) trailed by as many as 11 in the game, but locked down defensively in the second half and limited Denver to a .188 field goal percentage in the final period. Overall, the Jackrabbits outscored the Pioneers by 24 over the final 20 minutes to pull off the comeback victory.

Five Jackrabbits scored double figures for the second time in two games, led by Douglas Wilson, who racked up a career-best 31 points to go with eight rebounds.

Matt Dentlinger added 12 points and six rebounds, while Baylor Scheierman (seven rebounds, three assists) and Noah Freidel each had 11 points. Alex Arians finished with 10 points and six boards.

SDSU made just two 3-pointers, but shot 50 percent from the field overall and went 22-of-27 at the charity stripe. Additionally, the Jacks were plus-five on the boards and had 50 points in the paint.

South Dakota State travels to Fort Wayne, Indiana Saturday for contest with the Mastodons. 6 p.m. CST tip.


(PHOTO: SDSU Sports Information)