Summit League Tournament Recaps
(Monday, March 11th)
Final Score: South Dakota State 72, IUPU-Fort Wayne 56
Sioux Falls, SD (Sports Network) - Nate Wolters scored 18 points and dished out 12 assists as the top-seeded South Dakota State Jackrabbits used a strong second half to take down the fifth-seeded IUPU-Fort Wayne Mastodons, 72-56, in the semifinal round of the Summit League Tournament at Sioux Falls Arena.
Chad White poured in 17 points on 4-of-5 from 3-point range for SDSU (24-9), which has advanced to the championship game to take on North Dakota State. Tony Fiegen added 16 points, while Jordan Dykstra logged nine points and nine rebounds for the Jackrabbits, who shots a lofty 61.5 percent from the field on the night.
Frank Gaines led all scorers with 25 points for IPFW (16-17), which saw its season-long six-game win streak come to an end.
IPFW started the game red-hot, getting out to a 23-11 lead less than nine minutes in, but SDSU climbed back to make its deficit just two, 34-32, heading into halftime.
With the game tied at 45-45 early in the second half, the Jackrabbits pulled away thanks to a 22-3 run over the next eight minutes.
SDSU made up for a game-high 15 turnovers by shooting 15-of-17 from the free- throw line.
Final Score: North Dakota State 55, Western Illinois 43
Sioux Falls, SD (Sports Network) - TrayVonn Wright tallied 19 points and seven rebounds as the third-seeded North Dakota State Bison powered past the second- seeded Western Illinois Leathernecks, 55-43, in the semifinal round of the Summit League Tournament at Sioux Falls Arena.
Wright shot 5-of-8 from 3-point range for NDSU (24-8), which will square off against top-seeded South Dakota State in Tuesday night's championship game. Taylor Braun added 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists for the Bison, who have won four in a row.
For WIU (22-8), Adam Link logged 12 points and eight boards. Leathernecks' forward Terrell Parks (12.7 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 2.5 bpg), the Summit League Defensive Player of the Year, did not play for the fourth straight game while nursing a foot injury.
NDSU shot 40 percent from the field in the first half while holding WIU to a lowly 25 percent shooting, as it took a 24-20 lead into intermission. The Leathernecks were able to keep the game within striking distance by shooting 8-of-9 from the free-throw line in the opening 20 minutes.
The Bison never surrendered their advantage in the second half, sealing the win with an 8-0 run late in the stanza.
NDSU won the rebounding battle, 30-21, and outscored WIU in the paint, 20-14.
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