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

South Dakota State Jackrabbits.

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.

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