Daum's college career ends as Texas fends off SDSU in NIT
AUSTIN, Tex.—Tuesday marked the end of an era for the South Dakota State University men's basketball program.
Mike Daum walked off the floor as a Jackrabbit for the final time as No. 2 Texas edged No. 7 SDSU in the first round of the NIT, 79-73.
The Jackrabbits fell behind 19-0 to start the game, but gradually climbed back into the game and eventually took a 67-64 lead with 8 minutes to play in the game. The Longhorns responded by scoring the next six points and never relinquished the lead.
SDSU had a chance to tie the game after Dylan Osetkowski missed a free throw with 59 seconds left, but David Jenkins could not convert a layup and then committed a foul that led to pair of free throws from Matt Coleman III as Texas (17-16) sealed the game.
Daum finished with 25 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks in his final collegiate game. He also passed former Augustana and Northern State standout Eric Kline as South Dakota's all-time collegiate men's basketball scoring leader and finishes No. 7 in NCAA Division I history with 3,067 career points.
Jenkins added 19 points and Skyler Flatten chipped in 14 points, six rebounds and five assists for SDSU. The Jackrabbits finish the season 24-9.
Osetkowski scored a game-high 26 points for Texas.