Omaha overcomes SDSU lead

Trenton Abrego, Sports Editor

OMAHA, Neb. – Despite having a 16-point lead at one point, the South Dakota State men’s basketball team fell 85-84 to the Omaha Mavericks.

Mike Daum’s 29th point of the game came with five seconds to go which look to maybe be the game-winner.

Maverick senior forward, Mitch Hahn had something to say about that.

Hahn made the move that sealed a loss for the Jackrabbits as he sprinted across the court, weaving through Jackrabbit defenders to put up a shot from the baseline to sink the Jackrabbits, leaving 0.2 seconds on the clock.

With 18:29 remaining in the second half, the Jackrabbits led 49-35.


Then, the wheels fell off. Omaha went on an 18-0 run to flip the tide on the Jackrabbits.

After the momentous run, David Jenkins Jr. got the Jackrabbit offense up and going again with a 3-pointer. South Dakota State and Omaha traded baskets for the next 13:35 minutes. At one point, Omaha led by as much as six. SDSU led for 28:13 of the game.

Jenkins and Daum were bright spots for the Jackrabbits, once again. Jenkins was a solid contributor for the Jackrabbits and put forth an effort in which he scored 10 3-pointers. Jenkins played all 40 minutes and connected on 12-of-21 field goal attempts for a 57 percent clip.

Daum finished with 29 points on 23 attempts, connecting on nine shots from the field.

The duo of Daum and Jenkins scored 75 percent of the South Dakota State’s points.  

Skyler Flatten reached 10 points and connected on two 3-pointers.

The Jackrabbits had it going from beyond the arc. South Dakota State connected on 17-of-34 3-point attempts for a 50 percent clip. Omaha couldn’t quite match the 3-point shooting abilities that the Jackrabbits displayed but was able to connect of 50 percent of its shots.

Up next, the Jackrabbits will head to Fargo, North Dakota to take on the North Dakota State Bison at 7 p.m., Feb. 16 in the Scheels Arena.