South Dakota State men rain in 3-pointers for shootout win at Omaha
Twenty unanswered points help Jackrabbits move to 5-0 in conference play
OMAHA, Neb. — South Dakota State pieced together a game-defining 20-0 run midway through the first half en route to a 95-86 men's basketball victory over Omaha in Baxter Arena Thursday night.
The win solidifies SDSU's spot at the top of the league, sitting with a 5-0 conference record.
Facing a 28-24 deficit with 9:35 left in the first half, hot shooting from the Jackrabbits resulted in 20 straight unanswered points to take a 44-28 lead with at the 5:40 mark.
Four Jackrabbits finished in double figures, led by season-high showings from Baylor Scheierman and Matt Dentlinger.
Scheierman grabbed a double-double off of perfect 6-of-6 shooting from behind the arc and finished with 26 points, 11 rebounds and six assists. Dentlinger followed closely behind with 25 points and seven rebounds.
Charlie Easley finished with 13 points and five rebounds while Zeke Mayo chipped in 11 points and dished out a career high nine assists.
SDSU (14-4, 5-0 Summit) combined for 54.8 percent shooting from the field, 46.7 percent from beyond the arc and went 13-of-16 from the free throw line for 81.3 percent. The Jackrabbits hit 10 3-pointers in the first half to build a 49-40 halftime lead over Omaha (3-15, 2-5 Summit).
SDSU returns to Frost Arena to face Denver on Jan. 15. Tip is scheduled for 2 p.m.