(3) UNO, (4) SDSU Advance to Championship Game

(3) UNO, (4) SDSU Advance to Championship Game

The Basics
Score:
No. 4 South Dakota State 74, No. 1 South Dakota 71
Records: South Dakota State (17-16), South Dakota (22-11)
Location: Denny Sanford PREMIER Center - Sioux Falls, S.D.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The most anticipated semifinal game in Summit League tournament lived up to the hype, as the record crowd witnessed No. 4 seed South Dakota State erase a 16-point deficit to defeat top-seed South Dakota on a Michael Orris jumper from the left wing with 1.5 seconds remaining to lift the Jackrabbits to a 74-71 win.

The Jackrabbits scored first and led for 10 seconds, and did not lead again until Oriss' jumper put them up 72-71. USD threw the ensuing inbounds pass out of bounds, and Reed Tellinghuisen hit a pair of free throws for the final margin.  

SDSU improves to 17-16 and advances to the tournament title game for the third straight season and for the fifth time overall to face either (3) Omaha or (7) IUPUI. USD falls to 22-11, but earned the league's automatic NIT bid, and awaits an opponent on Sunday.

Both teams missed shots on their opening possessions, and even though South Dakota State scored first, South Dakota answered with an 18-2 run, which included 11 straight Coyotes points to push the lead to 18-4 on a Trey Burch-Manning layup less than eight minutes into the game.

The South Dakota lead grew to as many as 16 points before the Jackrabbits found their stroke for a few trips, halving that deficit at 28-20 with 5:33 left in the first half. The Coyotes answered with a 9-2 run over the next two and a half minutes to get the lead back to 15, before taking a 44-33 lead into halftime.

The second half started slowly, and even though SDSU cut the lead down to 50-43 with 15:24 left, USD used a four-point possession two minutes later to go up 56-43.

The Jackrabbits used a 12-2 run to get within three points at 58-55 with a Michael Orris 3-pointer with 9:36 left, only to see Tyler Hagedorn fire right back with a triple of his own the Coyotes next trip down the floor.

SDSU stayed with it though, and used a 5-0 spurt to cut the lead to one at 63-62 on a Chris Howll jumper with 5:50 left, and again, on a pair of Mike Daum free throws with 4:24 left to cut it to 65-64.

Reed Tellinghuisen tied the game at 65-all from the free throw line with 3:58 left, where it stayed until a Matt Mooney triple with 2:24 to put Coyotes up 68-65, drawing a timeout from the SDSU bench.

The Jacks scored out of the timeout, and then got fouled on the other end, sending Howell to the foul line with 1:33 on the clock. He missed the first, but made the second, tying the game again, this time at 68-68.

SDSU got a stop on the other end, and called timeout with 1:10 remaining, but did not score. USD then called a timeout with 50 seconds left and did score, a Mooney step-back triple from the right wing that put the Coyotes up 71-68 with 32.7 seconds remaining.

A foul sent Daum to the free throw line on the other end with 24.3 seconds left, and the reigning tournament MVP made both, giving USD the ball back with a 71-70 lead, forcing SDSU to foul, which it did with 13 seconds left, but the Coyotes missed the free throw, giving the Jacks the ball back and setting up Orris for the game-winner.

Orris led four Jackrabbits in double figures with 20 points, with Daum adding 18 and a game-high 9 rebounds. Tellinghuisen finished with 16 points, 7 rebounds, and Chris Howell 11 points.

Mooney led all players in the game with 30 points on 12 of 24 shooting. The only other Coyote in double figures, Trey Dickerson finished with 10 points.

Turning Point
The Orris game-winning shot seems like an obvious choice, but the 12-2 run midway through the second half got the Jackrabbits back in the game.

Inside The Box Score

  • SDSU led for a total of 12 seconds in the game
  • USD led for a total of 35 minutes, 21 seconds
  • The game was tied for a total of 4:27
  • USD outscored SDSU 23-8 in points off turnovers, despite only committing four fewer turnovers (13-9)

News & Notes

  • Tonight's game marked the fourth consecutive Summit League semifinal game decided by a margin of five points or less.
  • South Dakota State has won seven of its last eight Summit League Tournament games and improved to 16-5 (.762) all-time. The Jackrabbits own the highest all-time league tournament winning percentage and are tie for the third-highest victory total.
  • South Dakota State became the first team since 2009 to overcome a 10-or-more point halftime deficit for a Summit League Tournament victory.
  • The Jackrabbits advanced to their third consecutive league title game.
  • South Dakota fell to 1-5 all-time in Summit League Tournament games.
  • Tonight's attendance was 11,235, the highest single-session figure in Summit League Tournament history.

The Basics
Score:
No. 3 Omaha 90, No. 7 IUPUI 62
Records: Omaha (18-13), IUPUI (14-18)
Location: Denny Sanford PREMIER Center - Sioux Falls, S.D.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Less than 24 hours after grinding out an 84-80 win over Fort Wayne in the quarterfinals, Omaha made quick work of upset-minded IUPUI, downing the Jaguars 90-62, to give the Mavericks their first-ever Summit League tournament finals appearance.

The No. 3 seed Mavs improve to 18-13 and take on No. 4 seed South Dakota State in the finals on Tuesday, while the Jaguars close the season with a record of 14-18.

The game saw a pair of ties early, but the only lead change of the contest came on a Tre'Shawn Thurman jumper less than four minutes into the game that put the Mavericks up 6-5, a lead they would not relinquish.

Omaha closed the opening half on a 13-0 run, part of a 24-4 run that gave the Mavs a 42-18 halftime lead.

The Jaguars never threatened in the second half, but the Mavericks removed all doubt with a 10-0 run, capped by a Daniel Norl jumper with 15:11 remaining that gave Omaha its largest lead to that point of the game at 56-28.

Mitch Hahn led the Mavericks with 21 points off the bench, adding 10 rebounds for one of two Omaha double-doubles. The other came from Thurman, who finished with 15 points and a game-high 12 boards. Tra-Deon Hollins added 19 points and Zach Jackson 11 in the win.

The only Jaguar to score in double figures, Darell Combs, scored a game-high 22 points in the loss, with Kellon Thomas adding nine in the loss.

Turning Point
A Thurman 3-pointer with 14:38 left in the first half gave Omaha its first two-possession lead of the game at 11-5. IUPUI did score in its next possession, but the Mavs quickly answered, and never looked back

Inside The Box Score

  • IUPUI led for 25 more seconds in its semifinal loss (37 seconds) than SDSU did in its semifinal win (12 seconds)
  • Omaha led by as many as 34 points in the second half
  • Ten of the 11 Mavericks to play in the game scored at least one field goal
  • Omaha outscored IUPUI 37-13 in bench points
  • Omaha finished with a 50-34 rebounding edge

News & Notes

  • Omaha will play in The Summit League Championship game in only its second season of eligibility, marking the fastest team to reach the title game since North Dakota State did so in its initial season (2009).
  • Omaha played in its first Summit League semifinal while IUPUI made its first appearance since 2011.
  • The 28-point margin is the largest in a Summit League semifinal since 2014 (35).
  • The 2017 Summit League Championship game pitting No. 3 Omaha vs. No. 4 South Dakota State will mark the first time since 1993, and only the fifth time in history, that neither the No. 1 nor No. 2 seed will appear in the title contest.
  • The championship matchup guarantees that a team will win The Summit League title by winning on three consecutive days for the first time in the current schedule format.

Up Next
Omaha advances to Tuesday's final against (4) South Dakota State, with tip-off scheduled for 8 p.m. CT, with television coverage on ESPN2 and on the ESPN app with Clay Matvick on the play-by-pay and Sean Harrington as the analyst.

 
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