Summit League Tournament Day 2 Recap


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Evan Patzwald, Assistant Sports Editor

Although there were no SDSU games played Sunday by either the men’s or women’s teams, there was still plenty of fun Summit League matchups throughout the day, wrapping up the quarterfinal round. Here’s a look at the second day in Sioux Falls. The game had 18 lead changes, 8 ties and was all knotted up at 37 heading into the fourth quarter.


Quarterfinal #1

No. 4 Oral Roberts 61 No. 5 North Dakota 61

The Golden Eagles and Fighting Hawks kicked off Day 2 at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center. This was the closest women’s matchup so far from start to finish. Each team traded buckets throughout the final quarter until some late clutch baskets from ORU’s Keni Jo Lippe allowed them to pull away in the final minutes. Lippe finished the game with 22 points and 6 rebounds in the game. She also was 4-for-5 on 3-pointers in the game. The Summit League’s leading scorer in the regular season Kacie Borowicz was held to 13 points and only shot 30% from the field. She was averaging 19.4 ppg coming in. The win sets up a matchup with the top overall seed SDSU in the semifinals Monday at 12:30.

Quarterfinal #2

No. 3 Kansas City 81 No. 6 North Dakota State 74

Sunday’s second game of the day looked like it was going to be its first upset of the tournament. The sixth-seeded North Dakota State led by 14 points at halftime 42-28. Then the Roos woke up in the second half and outscored the Bison by 21 points en route to their 81-74 victory. Naomie Alnatas went off for 32 points, including a four-point play on a 3-pointer that broke a 72-all tie with 44 seconds left in the game. Kansas City now has a tough test Monday when they will try to knock out No. 2 South Dakota to get to the championship game.


Quarterfinal #3

No. 4 Kansas City 61 No. 5 South Dakota 74

The first men’s quarterfinal of the day was arguably the most entertaining game of the tournament so far. Each team held leads and was not separated by much throughout the game although the final score may not reflect that. With one minute to go in the game, the Coyotes only held a five-point lead and a highlight reverse layup play around two defenders from Kruz Perrott-Hunt got the crowd going and extended their lead. Then a steal and dunk by Boogie Anderson sank Kansas City’s hope as USD finished the game on a 13-1 run over the final minutes. All-Summit League First Team member Evan Gilyard struggled, only scoring 11 points while shooting 3-of-13 from the field. Now the matchup that everybody was hoping for will take place Monday night in the semifinal round as the Jacks and Coyotes square off with a trip to the championship game on the line.

SumQuarterfinal #4

No. 3 Oral Roberts 80 No. 6 Western Illinois 68

Oral Roberts wrapped up the quarterfinal round with a 12-point win over Western Illinois to propel to the semifinals. ORU scored the first six points of the game and would use that start to keep the Leathernecks at bay the rest of the game. WIU went on a late rally and cut the lead to three points at 63-60 with 6:34 to play, thanks to some late-game heroics from Trenton Massner. He would finish with 28 points. The Golden Eagles proved to be too much for the Leathernecks, and they won the game 80-68. Last season’s player of the year Max Abmas finished with 22 points and Elijah Lufile had 18 to pace ORU. They now get a rematch with NDSU Monday night at 8:30 p.m.