South Dakota State men hold off last-place North Dakota

Jackrabbits earn 20th win, improve to 11-0 in Summit


GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The best start in the program's Summit League history, South Dakota State's men's basketball team picked up a 70-64 win Monday night at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.

SDSU improved to 11-0 in the Summit and 20-4 overall, becoming the third-fastest program in the nation to reach 20 wins this season.

Entering the day as the nation's No. 2 overall shooting team, the Jackrabbits led by three points at halftime, 30-27, and finished shooting 45.2% from the field. For the second straight game, SDSU was cooled off from 3-point territory, where they were 5-for-18.

Baylor Scheierman had 24 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Charlie Easley had 13 points and eight rebounds and Zeke Mayo had 12 points for the Jacks.

North Dakota (4-19, 0-10 Summit) was led by Reid Grant's 15 points and 13 points each from Paul Bruns and Bentiu Panoam, as the Fighting Hawks were held to 34.4% and were 6-for-26 from 3-point land but made 16-for-18 free throws.


SDSU plays at South Dakota at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 5 in Vermillion.

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