SDSU's Dentlinger, DU's Murkey share #SummitMBB weekly award

SDSU sophomore earned the first #SummitMBB weekly award of his career after posting back-to-back double-doubles in home wins last week.
SDSU sophomore earned the first #SummitMBB weekly award of his career after posting back-to-back double-doubles in home wins last week.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota State sophomore Matt Dentlinger and Denver senior Ade Murkey shared the latest #SummitMBB weekly award, league officials announced Monday. The weekly awards are the first for both players.

Dentlinger was instrumental in a pair of comeback victories for the Jackrabbits, who stayed atop the league standings at 11-2, while Murkey put together the best scoring week by a league player this season.

The Jackrabbits trailed at halftime to both Denver and Purdue Fort Wayne, but Dentlinger helped lead the rally in both wins. Against the Pioneers, Dentlinger went 8-for-15 from the field, scored 22 points and added 11 rebounds. Thirteen of those points and seven of those boards came after halftime.

Against the Mastodons, SDSU trailed by 10 at the break, but Dentlinger scored 12 second-half points, going 5-for-5 from the field to finish the game making all eight of his field goal attempts. He also blocked a career-high five shots and added 10 rebounds to register back-to-back double-doubles for the first time in his career.

Murkey erupted for a career-high 42 points on 15-of-27 shooting against the Jackrabbits on Friday. The 42 points were the most by a Summit League player in a game this season and set a Denver Division I single-game scoring record as well.

He also added 11 rebounds to notch his third double-double of the season. Murkey went 5-for-7 from beyond the arc against the Jacks and also made all seven of his free throws.

In Sunday's loss at Omaha, Murkey continued his torrid scoring stretch, going for 28 points on 10-of-18 shooting from the floor. He went 3-for-4 from the 3-point range and also added eight rebounds against the Mavericks. The Minneapolis native finished the week 8-for-11 from 3-point range 25-for-45 from the floor (55.6).  

Matt Dentlinger, South Dakota State 
So. | F | Arcadia, Iowa

  • Averaged 20.0 ppg and 10.5 rpg while posting two double-doubles in home wins over Denver and Purdue Fort Wayne
  • Registered third 20-plus point game of season with 22 in win over Denver
  • Scored 18 points on 8-of-8 shooting from the floor and added a career-high five blocks against the Mastodons
  • Leads Summit League in field goal percentage, making 62.8 percent of his attempts
  • This is the first Summit League weekly honor for Dentlinger

Ade Murkey, Denver
Sr. | G | Minneapolis, Minn.

  • Averaged 35.0 ppg and 9.5 rpg in road games at SDSU and Omaha
  • Scored a Summit League single-game high 42 points this season in road loss at SDSU and backed that up with 28-point performance at Omaha
  • The 42 points were a Denver Division I single-game scoring record as well
  • Also added 11 rebounds vs. SDSU to record his third double-double of the season
  • This is the first Summit League weekly honor for Murkey

Also nominated: Marlon Stewart, North Dakota; Matt Pile, Omaha; Jarred Godfrey, Purdue Fort Wayne; Deondre Burns, Oral Roberts; Kobe Webster; Stanley Umude, South Dakota; Tyson Ward, North Dakota State.

2019-20 Men's Basketball Players of the Week
November 11
Douglas Wilson, South Dakota State
November 18
Tyler Hagedorn, South Dakota
November 25
J.T. Gibson, Omaha
December 2
Jarred Godfrey, Purdue Fort Wayne
December 9
Rocky Kreuser, North Dakota State
December 16
Vinnie Shahid, North Dakota State
December 23
Marlon Stewart, North Dakota
December 30
Matt Pile, Omaha
Zion Young, Western Illinois
January 6
Marlon Stewart, North Dakota
January 13
Deondre Burns, Oral Roberts
January 20
Tyson Ward, North Dakota State
January 27
Marlon Stewart, North Dakota
February 3
Tyler Hagedorn, South Dakota
February 10
Vinnie Shahid, North Dakota State
February 17
Matt Dentlinger, South Dakota State
Ade Murkey, Denver

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