Wilson’s 25 leads Jacks to 12th straight win


Evan Patzwald

Douglas Wilson drives against Hunter Goodrick in the Jacks’ 89-79 win Saturday night. Wilson had a season-high 25 points.

Evan Patzwald, Assistant Sports Editor

The SDSU men’s basketball team collected their 12th consecutive win Saturday night in Vermillion with an 89-79 victory over the South Dakota Coyotes.

The Jackrabbits (21-4, 12-0) did not attempt a 3-pointer until 12 minutes into the game. This was a glaring number for the team leading the country in 3-point shooting percentage at 44.47% overall. They did not need it as Douglas Wilson was dominating the paint the entire game, finishing with 25 points, shooting 10-of-15 from the field.

The Coyotes (13-9, 6-5) had no answer in the first half as the Jacks were shooting 10-14 on field goals in the first ten minutes.

“They were really trying to take away the three, not just with me but with everyone,” Baylor Scheierman said. “They did a pretty good job with that but that leaves one-on-one in the post and we’re pretty confident with our guys down low.”

Scheierman had his 23rd double-double of his career as he dropped 15 points and 10 rebounds.

The Jacks did not hit a three-pointer until the first half but hit three in a row coming out of halftime. Two came from Charlie Easley and the other from Alex Arians, who finished with nine points and 11 points respectively.

“We usually preach play inside out, so anytime the ball comes in, we’re always aggressive and we know how to react if we need to pass out and finish plays,” Wilson said. Wilson’s point total was a season-high.

For the Coyotes, they had six players scoring in double figures, led by Kruz Perrott-Hunt with 15. Mason Archambault had 14 and Xavier Fuller returned from an eight-game absence to score 12 points shooting 50% from the field.

SDSU now leads the all-time series 132-98, with the Jacks winning the last three matchups, including their 84-65 win back on Jan. 8.

“Anytime you get a rivalry game like that and the energy’s in the gym, it’s fun to play in these games,” coach Eric Henderson said.

The Jackrabbits continue to control the Summit League standings maintaining the first-place spot at 12-0 in conference play. They’ve got a favorable lead over second with six games remaining in their schedule. Last year’s March Madness Cinderella Oral Roberts is in second place at 10-3 in conference and 16-8 overall, followed by North Dakota State and Kansas City tied for third at 8-4. Max Abmas is leading the Summit League in scoring for Oral Roberts at 23.0 points per game. The Coyotes sit at fifth with a 6-5 record and will need to make up some ground if they want to catch up to second in the final three weeks.

The Jacks’ 12-game winning streak is the third-longest streak in Division I at the moment.

SDSU travels to Colorado to play the Denver Pioneers Thursday at 8 p.m. The game will be on the radio on the Jackrabbit Sports Network. Denver is seventh in the Summit League with a 5-8 conference record and a 9-17 overall record. KJ Hunt is leading the Pioneers in scoring with 15.3 ppg.

The Jacks beat the Pioneers earlier in the year on Jan. 15 80-62. Hunt had 18 points in that game. Arians had his career-best scoring game, putting up 19 points. Scheierman and Wilson each had 11.