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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

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South Dakota State Jackrabbits.

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.

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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.

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