WEEKLY NOTEBOOK: No. 16 (w/stats)
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- If this week is anything like last week, #SummitMBB fans need to buckle their seat belts for the stretch run.
To review, the only thing that kept South Dakota State from squandering its lead in the league standings was the 98th 3-pointer of the season by David Jenkins -- a total that ranks him fifth in the country. A staggering number for sure, but the fact his latest triple came from just inside halfcourt, beat the buzzer in a 78-77 win at North Dakota State, gave the Jacks their first lead of the game, and came on the heels of SDSU's own buzzer-beating defeat two nights earlier, just begins to illustrate how crazy last week was in The Summit League.
Omaha's Mitch Hahn was the author of Thursday's buzzer beater, which pulled his squad within a half-game of the Jacks after the Mavericks stormed back from a 16-point, second-half deficit to steal the win. Oh yeah, Jenkins' halfcourt heave erased a 17-point, second-half deficit for the Jacks as well.
The Mavericks would have taken over first place outright if Jenkins' bank shot had rimmed off, but that was not even guaranteed until senior Zach Jackson poured in 24 second-half points in the Mavericks' 74-71 win over Purdue Fort Wayne on Saturday.
All that was what transpired in the top half of the standings. With only eight of the league's nine teams qualifying for this year's Summit League Basketball Championship March 9-12 in Sioux Falls, the race to not be the one left out featured pivotal wins by South Dakota (at Western Illinois) and North Dakota (vs. Oral Roberts) on Saturday as well.
Purdue Fort Wayne's Thursday tilt at South Dakota State is the marquee game this week as both the Jacks and Mavericks are tied in the loss column and the Mastodons would like nothing more than to jumble that up some more.
FIVE THINGS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED...
• South Dakota State senior Mike Daum is 31 points away from passing Oscar Robertson for 10th place on the NCAA's Division I all-time scoring charts. Daum has 2,943 points while Robertson tallied 2,973 during his playing career at Cincinnati. That's not the only milestone Daum is chasing this week. He only needs 13 rebounds to become The Summit League's all-time leader in that category, surpassing Oral Roberts' Caleb Green (1,189; 2003-07).
• Omaha received votes in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 poll for the first time this season. Winners of nine of their last 10, the Mavericks are 16-9 overall and 10-2 in league action after wins over league-leader SDSU and third-place occupying Purdue Fort Wayne last week.
• Purdue Fort Wayne's John Konchar has accomplished a lot in his four-year career for the Mastodons, but his 14 assists in a 94-81 win over Denver last Thursday were the most of his career and most by a Summit League player this season.
• South Dakota's Trey Burch-Manning scored 20-plus points in five of the Coyotes' first six games, but had not reached that plateau again until Saturday's win at Western Illniois. Burch-Manning returned to his pre-injury form, leading all scorers with 20 points. He had averaged just 6.6 ppg in his first five games back from a four-game absence.
• North Dakota's Aanen Moody made a career-high seven 3-pointers in the Fighting Hawks 85-73 win over Oral Roberts Saturday. His 21 points equaled his career-high and he now leads all Summit League reserves in scoring in league action (10.5 ppg).
UPCOMING SCHEDULE (TV/Stream; all times local to site)
Wednesday, February 20
Denver at South Dakota* (MSN/E+) 7 p.m.
Western Illinois at Omaha* 7 p.m.
Thursday, February 21
Purdue Fort Wayne at SDSU* (MSN/E+) 7 p.m.
Saturday, February 23
Denver at North Dakota* (FSN/E3) 3 p.m.
Omaha at NDSU* (MSN2/COX/E+) 4 p.m.
South Dakota at SDSU (MSN/E3)* 4 p.m.
Oral Roberts at Western Illinois* (WIU-TV/E3) 7 p.m.
all times local
Thursday, February 14
Omaha 85, SDSU 84*
NDSU 85, Oral Roberts 73*
Purdue Fort Wayne 94, Denver 81*
Saturday, February 16
South Dakota 80, Western Illinois 67*
SDSU 78, NDSU 77*
Omaha 74, Purdue Fort Wayne 71*
North Dakota 85, Oral Roberts 73*
*Summit League contest
THE NET RESULTS
Here's a look at how Summit League members are stacking up in the NCAA's new "NET" rankings system, which replaced the RPI from year's past.
Through games of Feb. 18:
South Dakota State (99)
Purdue Fort Wayne (208)
North Dakota State (213)
South Dakota (234)
North Dakota (293)
Oral Roberts (295)
Western Illinois (304)
NOTING THE PIONEERS...
• The Pioneers are off to the Dakotas this week to take on both South Dakota (Wednesday) and North Dakota (Saturday).
• DU dropped its only game from last week, falling at home to Purdue Fort Wayne, 94-91.
• Freshman Jase Townsend continued his strong play against the Mastodons, pouring in a season-high 18 points off the bench.
• Townsend is averaging 14.0 ppg over his last four contests, including three double-digit scoring efforts. He had just three of those in his first 18 games of the season (4.8 ppg).
• Junior guard Ade Murkey is the only Pioneer to start all 26 games this season and is averaging a career-best 11.9 ppg and has reached double figures in six of the team's last seven games.
NOTING THE FIGHTING HAWKS...
• The Fighting Hawks snapped a three-game skid with an important 85-73 victory over Oral Roberts last Saturday.
• The win kept UND in seventh place in the league standings at 4-9 with a team below them in the standings -- Denver -- set to visit Saturday.
• UND had three players score 20-plus points in the victory over the Golden Eagles and were led by Marlon Stewart, who churned out a season-high, 23-point performance.
• Freshman Aanen Moody, who is the league's top scoring reserve in Summit action (10.5 ppg), was hot from beyond the arc, drilling 7-of-11 from distance to equal his career-high in points with 21.
• His seven triples were a new season-high and he now has made 70 treys as a rookie, which is tied for the third most in the league.
• Senior Cortez Seales added 20 points and is averaging 16.7 ppg in the last six games since fellow captain Conner Avants was sidelined.
NOTING THE MAVERICKS...
NOTING THE GOLDEN EAGLES...
NOTING THE FIGHTING LEATHERNECKS...