Summit League tournament roundup: Daum, SDSU avoid upset bid
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Mike Daum scored 33 points and grabbed a career-high 19 rebounds and top-seeded South Dakota State beat No. 8 seed Western Illinois 66-60 on Saturday night in the Summit League Tournament quarterfinals.
The Jackrabbits advance to play Sunday's winner between No. 4 seed Fort Wayne and fifth-seeded North Dakota State.
Western Illinois extended its 32-29 halftime lead to 43-34 before the Jackrabbits went on an 8-0 run with Daum making two free throws, a layup and a jump shot. Isaac Johnson's jumper made it 45-42 for the Leathernecks, and Brandon Key sandwiched a pair of layups between one from Skyler Flatten and South Dakota (26-6) led the rest of the way. Daum sealed it with a 3-pointer and four three throws in the final 2:15.
Daum missed 14 of 23 shot but made 12 of 13 from the foul line. South Dakota shot just 33 percent from the field but was 17 of 25 from the foul line.
Johnson led Western Illinois (12-16) with 17 points and a career-high 15 rebounds.
South Dakota 87, Omaha 73
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Matt Mooney scored 20 and second-seeded South Dakota beat seventh-seeded Omaha 87-73 in the quarterfinals of the Summit League Tournament on Saturday night.
The Coyotes (25-7) led by 27 in the first half and easily held on to advance to a Monday semifinal matchup against Sunday's Denver-Oral Roberts winner.
South Dakota scored the first seven points of the game and had additional first-half runs of 12-0, 6-0 and 10-0 to lead 44-17.
Omaha closed the first half with an 11-2 run to get within 18 at halftime and closed within 13 early in the second half but got no closer.
Nick Fuller had 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting, Trey Burch-Manning made 6 of 7 from the field to score 14 and Brandon Armstrong added 11 points for the Coyotes.
Zach Jackson had 17 of his 26 points in the second half for the Mavericks (9-22). Daniel Norl scored 11.
South Dakota 83, Fort Wayne 32
SIOUX FALLS — In the first game of the Summit League tournament, top-seeded South Dakota crushed Fort Wayne on Saturday at the Premier Center.
The Coyotes (25-5) jumped out to a 24-2 lead after the first quarter and continued to cruise past the Mastodons from there. Junior Jaycee Bradley scored a career-high 27 points and tied the Summit League tournament record for 3-pointers made, going 7-of-8 from behind the arc.
Former Sully Buttes standout Chloe Lamb added 14 points and Taylor Frederick tossed in 11 points as USD advanced to the semifinals. The Coyotes take on fifth-seeded Oral Roberts at noon today in Sioux Falls.
Western Illinois 97, Omaha 57
SIOUX FALLS — Emily Clemens poured in a game-high 36 points on 12-of-13 shooting to power third-seeded Western Illinois over seventh-seeded Omaha in the quarterfinals of the Summit League tournament on Sunday.
The Leathernecks (22-8) led by as many as 44 points in the contest. Taylor Higginbotham added 23 points and nine rebounds, while Sam Pryor tossed in 12 points. For Omaha (12-16), Amber Vidal finished with 23 points and Jess Walter finished with 11. Western Illinois, last year's Summit League tournament champion, plays South Dakota State in the semifinals at 2:30 p.m. today.
Oral Roberts 76, Denver 71
SIOUX FALLS — Fifth-seeded Oral Roberts earned the first upset of the Summit League tournament, despite being outscored by fourth-seeded Denver 47-43 in the second half on Sunday at the Premier Center.
Oral Roberts shot 50 percent from the field (28-of-55) for the game and were led by Faith Ihim's 18 points and seven rebounds and Sarah Garvie's 17 points and six rebounds. For Denver (16-14), Samantha Romanowski scored a team-high 18 points, while Lauren Loven added 15 points off the bench. The Golden Eagles (17-12) will play No. 1 South Dakota at noon today in the semifinals.