40-foot miracle shot defeats NDSU

Trenton Abrego, Sports Editor

FARGO, N.D. – It took somewhat of a miracle, but the South Dakota State Jackrabbits downed the North Dakota State Bison 78-77, thanks to a David Jenkins Jr.’s 40-foot heave.

The Jackrabbits led for zero seconds. Once, at the end of the game, but it was the only time it mattered.

At the half, the Jackrabbits found themselves down nine but outscored the Bison by 10 in the second half.

Jenkins turned in an impressive performance, connecting on five 3-pointers ending with 24 points.

But yet again, it was Mike Daum’s show in Fargo, when the standout senior forward had 31 points and 12 rebounds.

Outside of Jenkins and Daum, the Jackrabbits found production in two more seniors. Tevin King and Skyler Flatten both had eight points. Offensive rebounds were telling, as the Jackrabbits had 10 rebounds and converted 13 points off of the second chances.

For the Bison, the offensive production came in bunches. Junior guard Vinnie Shahid led the way with 19 points. Tyson Ward added 14 points, while Tyree Eady had 11 points. The other Bison in double-figures was Rocky Kreuser who had 10 points.

SDSU got to the free-throw line 21 times, and made the most of its opportunities, missing on just one.

As a team, the Jackrabbits outrebounded the Bison by eight.

It was a big win for the Jackrabbits, who held on to the top spot in the Summit League with the win. Omaha defeated third-place Fort Wayne earlier on Saturday 70-62.

Up next, the Jackrabbits will play host to Purdue Fort Wayne 7 p.m., Feb. 21.