‘Roos Rolled: SDSU picks up easy win at home


Another home game, another blowout.

In what is becoming a theme, the SDSU men defeated a Summit League opponent by first half knockout, pounding UMKC 85-58, on Saturday night.

Five SDSU players reached double-digits and after the Jackrabbits built a 22-point halftime lead, the Jackrabbits opened the second half on a 15-0 run and ended any hopes for a ‘Roos rally. UMKC (7-13, 1-7 Summit) coach Matt Brown said his team’s failure to make layups in the first half cost them an opportunity to stay in the game.

“We missed 10 layups in the first half. When you can’t make layups, that will take the wind out of your sails,” Brown said.

“My biggest concern was that we would be flat and you could just feel it in the building. Even watching the women’s game, you could see that there wasn’t a lot of energy. They missed layups and we were fortunate there,” SDSU coach Scott Nagy said.

Taevaunn Prince led SDSU (15-5, 7-1 Summit) with 16 points, Nate Wolters and Jordan Dykstra each scored 15 points for the Jacks, with Chad White and Griffan Callahan scoring 13 and 11 points respectively.

“We’re shooting the ball right now. and we’re playing better defense and I think [our defense] is leading to [shooting the ball well],” Wolters said.

The strong play carried across the board, with SDSU finishing plus-18 in rebounding margin and converting 19 of 23 free throw tries.

“There’s ups and downs during the season and we just came off a weekend where we didn’t play a weekend,” said Nagy, who coached the game barefoot to raise awareness for Samaritan’s Feet, which helps gather shoes for those in need across the world.

The Jackrabbits will now head to Fargo next Saturday and play NDSU, which will be important for the conference championship race.

“At Fargo, it wasn’t good at all last year, so we know that we can’t repeat that,” Wolters said. The Bison have won the last 10 meetings, with the Jackrabbits last win coming in 2006.