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SDSU men split games in Savannah, falling to James Madison

Former SDSU guard Noah Freidel led the Dukes in scoring with 13 points on 5-for-13 shooting.

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SAVANNAH, Ga. — James Madison shot 50% from the field and recorded 14 steals en route to a 79-60 victory over South Dakota State on Saturday, Nov. 26, at the Hostilo Community Classic in Enmarket Arena.

The Jackrabbits (3-4) got off to a strong start hitting their first three 3-pointers of the contest and jumped out to a 13-7 advantage. The Dukes (6-1) worked into the SDSU lead and eventually went up 16-15 with 12 minutes, 34 seconds left in the first half.

A Tanner Te Slaa 3-pointer put the Jacks up 18-16 momentarily before Julien Wooden's 3-pointer for James Madison put the Dukes ahead for good at the 10:34 mark of the first half. SDSU trailed by as many as 10 in the opening 20 minutes, but a Zeke Mayo field goal cut the deficit to 37-29 at halftime.

The Dukes came out for the second half firing offensively making 12 of their first 17 shots (70.6%). They went up by as many as 27 in the first 10 minutes out of the break. SDSU cut the deficit to 15 over the next five minutes, but the Jackrabbits were unable to trim the Dukes lead any further.

Former SDSU guard Noah Freidel led the Dukes in scoring with 13 points on 5-for-13 shooting, finishing as one of five JMU players in double figures. Mayo had 16 points for the Jacks, with 15 from William Kyle III and 11 from Charlie Easley.

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South Dakota State continues a five-game stretch away from Brookings. The Jackrabbits open a three-game road trip on Friday, Dec. 2, when they head to Ohio to face Kent State.

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