Summit League Tournament Recaps
(Sunday, March 9th)
Final Score: Denver 71, South Dakota 55
Sioux Falls, SD (SportsNetwork.com) - Brett Olson scored 20 points to lead the Denver Pioneers to a 71-55 victory over the South Dakota Coyotes in the quarterfinals of the Summit League Tournament at Sioux Falls Arena.
Bryant Rucker added 14 points and Jalen Love netted 12 for the fourth-seeded Pioneers (16-14), who will take on top-seed North Dakota State in semifinal action on Monday.
Brandon Bos had 13 points and Trevor Gruis chipped in 12 for fifth-seed South Dakota (12-18).
Both teams shot well in the first half. South Dakota hit on 57.9 percent from the floor (11-of-19), while Denver was a bit better, sinking 62.5 percent (15- of-24). The Pioneers led 38-32 at the break.
The Coyotes couldn't maintain their offensive pace from the first half in the second, recording only seven field goals. Denver only shot at a 41.7 percent clip itself, but it was enough to coast to victory.
The Pioneers outscored their opponents 20-8 off of turnovers and 30-18 from 3- point range.
Final Score: South Dakota State 71, Western Illinois 50
Sioux Falls, SD (SportsNetwork.com) - Brayden Carlson scored 13 points to lead four players in double figures for the South Dakota State Jackrabbits, as they defeated the Western Illinois Leathernecks 71-50 in the Summit League Tournament quarterfinals at Sioux Falls Arena.
Jordan Dykstra tallied 12 points and 10 rebounds for the third-seeded Jackrabbits (19-11), who will battle second-seed IUPU-Fort Wayne on Monday in the semifinals. Marcus Heemstra and Chad White chipped in 10 points apiece for the winning side.
Garrett Covington netted a game-high 14 points and Jabari Sandifer tacked on 13 for the sixth-seeded Leathernecks (10-20). Michael Ochereobia logged 10 points in the losing effort.
At the end of the first half South Dakota State only had a 26-23 lead. The Jackrabbits connected on 40 percent from the floor in the first frame, compared to a 45.8 percent showing from Western Illinois. However, South Dakota State had slight scoring advantages from beyond the arc (6-3) and at the free-throw line (4-0).
The second half was a different story, as the Jackrabbits improved to 45.8 percent shooting, knocked down 19-of-25 at the charity stripe and limited the Leathernecks to 29.6 percent from the floor.
South Dakota State had a 24-7 scoring advantage off of turnovers and won the battle of the boards 39-25.
03/09 23:47:57 ET