OMAHA 71, WESTERN ILLINOIS 68
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Zach Jackson scored 25 points, including the go-ahead bucket, and KJ Robinson added 18 points as Omaha came back to take down Western Illinois 71-68 on Thursday night.
Jackson's floater gave the Mavericks (8-17, 3-6 Summit League) a 69-68 lead with 28.9 seconds left. Jackson then went down the floor and blocked a Dalan Ancrum jumper before Mitch Hahn hit two free throws to ice it.
The Leathernecks (11-12, 2-8) led for much of the first half, stretching their lead to as many as eight, and taking a four-point lead into the break. Robinson took matters into his own hands in the second half, scoring all 9 points in a small 9-2 run to turn the tide. Robinson scored 16 of his 18 after the break. After another Mavericks run put them up seven, Western Illinois answered with a run of its own, outscoring Omaha 9-1 to take a 68-67 lead before Jackson's go-ahead shot.
Kobe Webster had 20 points, 5 boards, and 5 assists for the Leathernecks.
SOUTH DAKOTA 86, FORT WAYNE 69
VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) - Triston Simpson and Matt Mooney each scored 17 points and South Dakota defeated Fort Wayne 86-69 on Thursday night in a game in which the Coyotes never trailed.
South Dakota (21-6, 9-2 Summit League) built an 11-0 lead in the first three minutes and cruised from there. Bryson Scott put Fort Wayne on the board with a free throw and a layup before South Dakota went on a 10-0 run, including a pair of 3-pointers by Brandon Armstrong, to make it 21-3.
The Coyotes led 45-23 at intermission and maintained a double-digit lead the entire second half. Nick Fuller scored 14 and Tyler Peterson and Tyler Hagedorn each scored 10 for the Coyotes. South Dakota shot 61 percent (36 of 59) and had 18 assists.
Scott paced Fort Wayne (16-11, 5-5) with 23 points and John Konchar scored 18 with 12 rebounds, including seven on the offensive end.
ORAL ROBERTS 67, NORTH DAKOTA STATE 66 (OT)
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Austin Ruder scored 18 points with six 3-pointers, including the game-winning 3 with one second left in overtime, and Oral Roberts beat North Dakota State 67-66 on Thursday night to end a two-game skid.
The teams combined to miss five shots and force six turnovers before Ruder's 3 put ORU up 64-61 with 49 seconds left in overtime. Paul Miller made two free throws and Tyson Ward's 3 with five seconds left gave the Bison a 66-64 lead. After an ORU timeout, Ruder hit his winner.
Emmanuel Nzekwesi scored 10 points and Javan White grabbed 13 rebounds for the Golden Eagles (10-17, 4-6 Summit League), who trailed 32-30 at halftime and tied it at 61 at the end of regulation on Nzekwesi's layup.
A.J. Jacobson scored 16 points and Miller and Ward added 15 apiece for the Bison (12-13, 4-6), who have lost three straight.
SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 81, DENVER 77
DENVER (AP) - David Jenkins Jr., tied a career-high with 31 points, Mike Daum had a double-double and South Dakota State beat Denver 83-75 on Thursday night.
Daum finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Jenkins also scored 31 points in a 112-103 double overtime loss to Colorado in Boulder on Dec. 15. The Jackrabbits (21-6, 9-1 Summit League) have won four straight and 12 of their last 13.
Jenkins' 3-pointer made it 17-9 early and South Dakota State went to intermission up 45-31.
The Jackrabbits pushed the lead to 53-33 before Denver (10-14, 4-6) started whittling away. Jake Pemberton's 3 made it 69-61 with 2:35 left, and Daniel Amigo made 1 of 2 foul shots to make it a four-point game with 14 seconds left but the Pioneers couldn't get closer.
Reed Tellinghausen added 16 for South Dakota State.
Amigo, Jake Krafka and Ade Murkey each scored 14 points for Denver.