(1) South Dakota, (7) IUPUI Advance To Semifinals

(1) South Dakota, (7) IUPUI Advance To Semifinals

The Basics
No. 1 South Dakota 78, No. 8 Western Illinois 69 (Overtime)
Records: South Dakota (24-8), Western Illinois (8-20)
Location: Denny Sanford PREMIER Center - Sioux Falls, S.D.

First Half Highlights | Second Half Highlights

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Regular season champion South Dakota moved into the semifinals of the 2017 Summit League men's basketball championships with a 78-69, overtime victory over Western Illinois Saturday night, the first-ever No. 1 vs. No. 8 seed overtime game in Summit League history.

The 24-8 Coyotes advance to play in the 6 p.m. game on Monday against the winner of Sunday's South Dakota State vs. Denver quarterfinal. Western Illinois closes its season 8-20.

After an even start, South Dakota used an 8-0 run to turn a 5-4 deficit into a 12-5 advantage, a lead that would grow to as many as nine points, 20-11, with 11 minutes, 9 seconds left in the first half.

Western Illinois used a 22-16 first half rebounding edge to work its way back into the game, and used seven offensive rebounds to score 12 second chance points, compared to two second chance points off of two offensive boards for the Coyotes, all of which resulted in a 37-all tie at halftime.

USD matched its largest lead of the game at the 13:53 mark in the second half, gaining a 52-43 advantage on a pair of Trey Burch-Manning free throws, but the Fighting Leathernecks fired back, and cut the lead to 56-55 on a Dalan Ancrum 3-pointer with 8:51 remaining.

South Dakota Scored the next five points to go up 61-55, but the Leathernecks responded with a 10-2 run, tying the game at 63-all on a Garrett Covington triple with 4:01 left, and after a stop, take a 65-63 lead on a Brandon Gilbeck dunk less than a minute later.

Again, South Dakota scored the next five points to go up 68-65 on a Matt Mooney 3-pointer with 32 seconds left, but C.J. Duff drained the equalizer with 12 seconds left to send the game into overtime.

The Coyotes scored first in the extra frame, an old fashioned 3-point play from Tyler Flack, and South Dakota never trailed again, and did not allow a Western Illinois field goal in overtime, limiting the Leathernecks to a single free throw by Duff.

Mooney led a trio of Coyotes in double figures with 24 points on 9 of 21 shooting, adding six rebounds in the win. Tyler Flack added 19 points and 6 boards, while Trey Dickerson finished with 10 points.

Covington led the Leathernecks with a game-high 25 points on 9 of 24 shooting, adding a game-high six assists. Duff finished with 12 points and Mike Miklusak 10 points to go along with 10 rebounds for the game's only double-double.

Gilbeck led all players with 11 rebounds, as Western Illinois finished with a 45-43 edge on the glass, 13-8 on the offensive glass, which resulted in a 15-8 Leatherneck advantage in second chance points.

Turning Point
USD's first possession of the overtime period, when Tyler Flack completed a 3-point play. USD never trailed again.   

Inside The Box Score

  • Western Illinois did not attempt a free throw in the second half, and went 1 for 3 in overtime
  • South Dakota went 10 for 12 at the foul line in the second half, and 4 for 7 in overtime
  • The Coyotes scored 23 points off of 16 Leatherneck turnovers, while Western Illinois scored 15 points off of 11 South Dakota turnovers
  • Western Illinois finished with 14 assists, compared to 7 for South Dakota

News & Notes

  • South Dakota played as the No. 1 seed for the first time in its history and is the first team to go from being seeded eighth or lower to first the following season.
  • Western Illinois played in its record 42nd Summit League Tournament game.
  • Tonight marked the first time that a 1 vs. 8 matchup went to overtime.
  • The No. 1 seed improved to 27-0 all-time in Summit League Tournament quarterfinals.
  • The nine-point margin was the closest in a 1 vs. 8 matchup since 2012 when top-seeded Oral Roberts defeated Fort Wayne, 71-67.
  • The Coyotes won their second game in Summit League tournament history (also 2015 quarterfinal).

The Basics 
No. 7 IUPUI 76, No. 2 North Dakota State 57
Records: IUPUI (14-17), North Dakota State (19-11)
Location: Denny Sanford PREMIER Center - Sioux Falls, S.D.

First Half Highlights | Second Half Highlights

The first upset of The Summit League Championships came in the final game of the tournament's first day, as No. 7 seed IUPUI defeated No. 2 seed North Dakota State, 76-57 on Saturday, snapping the Bison's run of four straight tournament championship appearances.

The Jaguars, who split two regular season meetings against the Bison, also delivered the tournament's first No. 7 vs. No. 2 seed upset since 2009.

The first half featured five ties and eight lead changes, with neither team leading by more than six points. The Bison led by two on two separate occasions in the first half, the last at 20-18 with 8 minutes, 31 seconds left in the first half. IUPUI responded with an 8-0 run, capped by a Darell Combs jumper at the 5 minute, 47 second mark to give the Jags a 26-20 lead.

The Jaguars held the Bison without a field goal for the final 2:47 of the first half, which allowed them to take a 37-33 lead into the locker room at halftime, despite 18 first half points from NDSU's Paul Miller.

IUPUI continued to lead, and built it up to eight points at 44-36 on a T.J. Henderson layup with 15:50 on the clock, only to see NDSU answer with a 7-0 run, capped by a Carlin Dupree 3-pointer as the shot clock expired that cut the Jaguar lead to 44-43 with 13:31 remaining.

The Jaguars bounced back with a 9-0 run to get a double-digit lead for the first time at 53-43, drawing a timeout from the NDSU bench midway through the second half. NDSU snapped the skid with a pair of free throws, but the run as a whole continued, reaching 19-4, and ending with the Jaguars leading 63-47 with just over six minutes on the clock.

The Bison never recovered, as the Jaguars continued to build momentum, and their lead, which reached as many as 20 points, at 71-51 on a pair of Aaron Brennan free throws with 3:20 on the clock.

Brennan led the Jaguars with 18 points, adding a game-high 11 rebounds and a pair of assists in just 26 minutes on the floor. Combs pitched in with 11 points, while Matt O'Leary and Evan Hall each added 10 points in the win.

After pouring in 18 points in the first half, Miller finished with a game-high 24, with seven rebounds. Khy Kabellis finished with nine points for the Bison and Dexter Werner eight points to go along with his team-high nine rebounds.

Turning Point
Up just one point at 44-43 after Carlin Dupree's shot clock-beating triple with 13:31 left in the game, the Jaguars went on a 9-0 run to take their largest lead of the game at 53-43 with 9:42 left in the contest. NDSU never got within eight points of the lead after that point.

Inside The Box Score

  • IUPUI did not attempt a free throw until the 15:45 mark of the second half, but finished the game 9 for 14 from the line. North Dakota State finished the game 12 of 17 from the foul line
  • The Jaguar bench outscored the Bison bench 23-13
  • IUPUI scored 18 points off of 12 NDSU turnovers, while the Bison scored 7 points off of nine Jaguar turnovers
  • The Jaguars scored 12 second chance points off of nine offensive rebounds, while the Bison scored four second chance points off of seven offensive rebounds
  • IUPUI held NDSU to 37 percent shooting overall, 19 of 15, while shooting an even 50 percent, 29 of 58

News & Notes

  • IUPUI became the first No. 7 seed to win a quarterfinal game since 2009, the initial tournament held in Sioux Falls. The Jaguars are just the sixth No. 7 seed to win a Summit League quarterfinal game all-time and just the third time since 1994.
  • IUPUI won its first Summit League Tournament game since the 2011 quarterfinal round.
  • The 19-point margin was the largest for a No. 7 over No. 2 seed since 1989 (21).
  • Tonight's session attendance figure was 9,399, the third-highest quarterfinal session total in Summit League history (all in Sioux Falls).
  • North Dakota State failed to reach the semifinal round for the first time since 2012.


Up Next
South Dakota advances to Monday's semifinal round to face the winner of (4) South Dakota State vs. (5) Denver. The game tips-off at 6 p.m. CT on Monday, March 6 with television coverage on Midco Sports Network and ESPN3. IUPUI advances to Monday's semifinal round to play the winner of (3) Omaha and (6) Fort Wayne. That game tips at 8:30 p.m. CT on Monday, March 6 with television coverage on Midco Sports Network and ESPN3.

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