Luke Appel helps South Dakota State keep perfect Summit mark intact at Oral Roberts
SDSU can become first Summit men's team to complete perfect conference schedule on Saturday
TULSA, Okla. — A career night from South Dakota State forward Luke Appel with 41 points and 10 rebounds helped the Jackrabbits keep their perfect Summit League record intact on Thursday night in a 106-102 overtime win at Oral Roberts.
The win is SDSU's 17th in a row as the Jacks (26-4, 17-0 Summit) go to close out a perfect Summit regular-season schedule on Saturday at Kansas City.
Appel, who had a career-high of 20 points prior to Thursday night, made two free throws with 1 second left in regulation to force overtime. The 6-foot-8 forward from Marshalltown, Iowa, finished 16 of 20 shooting from the field in his first career double-double effort. SDSU's Douglas Wilson scored a season-high 29 points for the Jacks, who had 26 points and seven assists from Baylor Scheierman.
Oral Roberts (18-10, 12-5 Summit) got 34 points from last season's NCAA tournament hero Max Abmas and Carlos Jurgens had 25 points in the loss.
The Jackrabbits locked up the No. 1 seed in the Summit League tournament for the fourth straight year last week. In the process, they became the first Summit League team to 16-0 start to league play and no men's team has ever been perfect in Summit League play in the conference's 40-year history.