Jacks shatter records in win

Trenton Abrego, Sports Editor

It was an offensive explosion in Frost Arena, where the South Dakota State Jackrabbits set multiple records en route to a 139-72 rout of the Savannah State Tigers.

Coming into the game, the school record was 136 points set back in 1990 against Midland Lutheran. In the Division-I era, the school high was 111 versus Presentation.

“It’s really unbelievable what we did,” Mike Daum said in a post-game interview.

In the early minutes of the first half, the Jackrabbits and Tigers started hot and scored a combined 27 points in the first 2:42.

While the Tigers went cold, the Jackrabbits stayed blazing hot.

Daum continued to rewrite the history books with 26 points in the first half, 12 rebounds and two assists. Daum finished the night with 37 points and 17 rebounds in 28 minutes.

David Jenkins, Jr. also had 20 points before the second half started. Jenkins finished with 28 points.

Skyler Flatten also got in on the fun as he contributed 29 points. Tevin King was the other Jackrabbit who scored in double-digits with 10 points.

The Jacks once led as big as 57 points.

As a team, the Jackrabbits shot 76 percent from the field and 3-point range, compared to Savannah State’s 26 field-goal percentage and 30 percent from 3-point range.

Despite the Tigers attempting nine more 3-pointers than the Jacks, SDSU made seven more. The Tigers finished the game with 52 3-point attempts, connecting on 12 of them.

South Dakota State finished the game with 23 3-pointers, shattering the school record of 18.

Another aspect in which the Jackrabbits dominated, was rebounding, where they came up with 25 boards than the Tigers, thanks to the missed shots by Savannah State.

Up next, the Jackrabbits will take on the No. 7 Nevada Wolfpack at 8 p.m., Dec. 15 in Reno, Nevada.

“We are not playing the game for a moral victory, we are playing to win,” head coach T.J. Otzelberger said.

Nevada is currently undefeated and beat the only common opponent, Grand Canyon 74-66.

“We are going to be the be the aggressive, team we are going to throw the punch coming in,” Otzelberger said. “We aren’t going to wait for them,”