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South Dakota State men win road shootout with NDSU

Jacks shoot 60%, hang on after holding 20-point lead

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South Dakota State's Douglas Wilson finishes a dunk in front of the Omaha defense during the Summit League men's basketball tournament quarterfinals March 6, 2021 at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls. (Richard Carlson / Inertia)

FARGO, N.D. — Douglas Wilson's slam dunk with 14 seconds left gave South Dakota State the decisive points to defeat North Dakota State in an exciting 90-86 contest Thursday in Summit League men's basketball at the Scheels Center.

On the ensuing possession, Wilson blocked the shot of NDSU's Rocky Kreuser that was rebounded by SDSU's Matt Mims. Mims made a pair of free throws that allowed SDSU to escape with the win.

SDSU, which led 48-37 at halftime after shooting 57.6% in the first half, made its first nine field goals of the second period, putting SDSU up by 20 points with 13:39 remaining in the game at 69-49.

NDSU whittled the lead down throughout the remainder of the second half before Kreuser had a putback bucket with 41 seconds remaining to tie the game at 86, setting the stage for Wilson's go-ahead slam.

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SDSU (12-4, 3-0 Summit) finished the game shooting 60.3% from the field and converted 13 of 17 free throws. Baylor Scheierman had 22 points, seven rebounds and five assists, with Wilson finishing with 14 points and Luke Appel scoring 20 points on 9-of-10 shooting.

Sam Griesel had a game-high 25 points for NDSU, with Kreuser finishing with 17 points as the Bison (9-5, 1-1 Summit).

SDSU's game with North Dakota scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 1 was canceled due to COVID-19 in the UND program, so SDSU's next game will be Jan. 8 against South Dakota in Brookings.

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