MINNEAPOLIS-Senior standout Mike Daum paced South Dakota State to a decisive men's college basketball victory over regional rival Northern Iowa 82-50 on Saturday at the U.S. Bank Stadium Classic.
Daum had 16 points in the first half on just 5-of-6 shooting, and finished with 24 points on just eight field goal attempts. He was 11-for-12 at the free-throw line, and added 11 rebounds.
Daum was one of four players in double figures, joined by Skyler Flatten and David Jenkins, who had 17 and 16 points, respectively. Redshirt freshman Alex Arians had 11 points and Tevin King added seven assists.
SDSU (7-2) had the hot start, knocking down 9 of its first 15 shots for a 26-15 lead, while UNI struggled from the field, starting 3 for 16. The Jackrabbits shot 51 percent from the field in the game, and feasted at the free-throw line, converting 26 of 31 attempts. UNI was held to seven attempts and committed 15 turnovers.
UNI (3-5) was paced by Trae Berhow, who scored 19 points. SDSU led 40-25 at halftime.
The contest capped a four-game set meant as a tune-up for the three-year-old stadium's preparation for the 2019 NCAA Men's Final Four, which will be held in Minneapolis on April 6 and 8. In the early game Saturday, Drake took down North Dakota State 95-88.