Daum’s 3,000th point pushes Jackrabbits past Coyotes

Colton Prince, Sports Reporter

In a historic night, the South Dakota State managed to defeat in-state rival the University of South Dakota 94-89 in what will go down as one of the most iconic games played in Frost Arena.

Not only did the Jacks defeat the Coyotes in one of the closest games this season, but Mike Daum also achieved what only nine players had ever done before by scoring his 3,000th point on what can be classified as a game-winning shot. With only 1:02 left in the game, Daum posted up and knocked down the shot to put the Jacks up by one and being the last shot that the Jacks scored from the field.

“It hasn’t really sunk in yet. I am still trying to relive the atmosphere of Frost Arena… I am just so thankful to have guys like this who are so unselfish and who have really helped me get into the position I am today.” Daum said.

Last time the two teams met, the Jacks routed the Coyotes in Vermillion with a 79-61 victory. This game, however, would not follow in the previous game’s footsteps.

The game started quickly with 10 lead changes in the first 12 minutes alone. The Jacks were able to stay with the Coyotes until USD took off on a run which eventually put them up by 16.

South Dakota State was not going to into the locker room quietly as they scored five quick points to end the half with a Skyler Flatten fade away from the corner to cut the lead to 11.

“Huge, I mean it was … The momentum too when you are down 16. The crowd was going nuts,” Otzelberger said. “We’re down 55-44 and our guys are walking off the court like we played a masterpiece … That was a huge energy play.”

That momentum carried into the second half as the Jacks were able to overcome the 11-point deficit and take a lead that remained true for the rest of the game.

Foul trouble began to plague USD who had two players foul out in Stanley Umude (top-scorer) and Cody Kelley who finished with 21 points on 70 percent shooting for the night.

With Daum in early foul trouble, it came to the rest of the seniors to step up and take the load.

Tevin King ended the night with 22 points, three rebounds, and four assists, despite fouling out with a minute left.

Skyler Flatten also had quite a night scoring 18 points, seven boards, and three assists.

“These guys stepped up every second when I was out,” Daum said.

The Jacks have one more conference game left in the regular season scheduled for a 4:15 p.m. tipoff at Frost Arena against Western Illinois.