Summit League Tournament Recaps
(Saturday, March 9th)
Final Score: South Dakota State 66, IUPUI 49
Sioux Falls, SD (Sports Network) - Nate Wolters scored 20 points and Tony Fiegen had a double-double as the top-seeded South Dakota State Jackrabbits eased into the semifinals of the Summit League Tournament with a 66-49 win over eighth-seeded IUPUI at Sioux Falls Arena.
Fiegen had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Jordan Dykstra contributed 15 points for South Dakota State (23-9) which will take on the winner of Sunday's matchup between fifth-seed IUPU-Fort Wayne and fourth-seed Oakland.
Mitchell Patton tallied 17 points and Donovan Gibbs registered 10 points while coming a rebound short of a double-double for IUPUI (6-26).
South Dakota State clung to a 31-27 lead at the break after shooting 42.3 percent from the field in the first half. IUPUI hit on 43.5 percent from the floor but the Jackrabbits hit all seven of their shots from the free-throw line to earn the lead.
After the break the Jackrabbits shot a scorching 60 percent from the field to pull away for the win.
South Dakota State had a 30-22 edge in rebounds and outscored the Jaguars, 30-12, in the paint.
Final Score: Western Illinois 54, South Dakota 53
Sioux Falls, SD (Sports Network) - Ceola Clark scored a game-high 21 points as the Western Illinois Leathernecks held on for a 54-53 win over the South Dakota Coyotes in the quarterfinals of the Summit League Tournament at Sioux Falls Arena.
Clark converted 9-of-15 shots from the floor for the second-seeded Leathernecks (22-7), the only player on the team to make more than three field goals on the night. Before fouling out, Adam Link accounted for nine points and five rebounds.
South Dakota (10-20) was paced by Trevor Gruis who recorded a double-double with 12 points and a game-high 12 boards, while Juevol Myles accounted for 14 points for the seventh-seeded Coyotes. Brandon Bos contributed eight points and eight rebounds, but shot just 2-of-12 from the floor.
Both teams had trouble finding the basket in the first half, but even with just 9-of-25 shooting from the floor the Coyotes were able to put up a 25-21 lead at the break. WIU hit on only 8-of-25 from the floor in the frame.
In the second half the Leathernecks turned it around with a staggering 61.1 percent accuracy from the field, en route to a late six-point edge and the eventual narrow win.
In a game that featured seven ties and five lead changes, the Leathernecks survived despite a disappointing 11-of-22 performance at the charity stripe.
With the victory Western Illinois now advances to the semifinals on Monday night where it will face the survivor of the UMKC/North Dakota State meeting which takes place on Sunday night.
03/10 01:09:25 ET