TUESDAY, MARCH 12:
Men’s Basketball: South Dakota State vs. North Dakota State @ Sioux Falls, 8:00pm (Live on Ranch AM910)
Women’s Basketball: South Dakota State vs. South Dakota, 2:30pm (Live on Ranch AM910)
SDSU MBB…Defending league champion South Dakota State (24-9) advanced to the title game of the 2013 Summit League Men's Basketball Tournament with a 72-56 semifinal victory over Fort Wayne Monday at the Sioux Falls Arena.
While SDSU shot 67 percent (12-of-18) in the second half, including 7-of-10 on three-point attempts, Fort Wayne had just nine field goals on 39 percent shooting (9-of-23) including 1-for-9 on threes.
Nate Wolters finished with an 18-point, 12-assist double-double. Chad White was 6-for-7 from the field including 4-of-5 on three-point attempts, and finished with 17 points and five rebounds. Tony Fiegen hit 6-of-8 shots and scored 16 points.
For the game, the Jackrabbits shot 61.5 percent (24-of-39) and were 15-of-17 at the foul line. SDSU also had a 29-17 rebound advantage as Dykstra finished with nine points and nine boards.
Frank Gaines led all scorers with 25 points, counting four three-point baskets among his nine field goals. But he was the only player in double figures for the Mastodons, which shot 44 percent for the game (22-of-50). Luis Jacobo led Fort Wayne on the boards with five rebounds.
Fort Wayne, the No. 5 seed, ends its season 16-17.
SDSU WBB…South Dakota State will play for its fifth-straight Summit League Tournament championship after the Jackrabbits defeated No. 4 Fort Wayne, 86-59, in the semifinals Monday.
The Jacks (24-7) have won all 14 tournament games they have played since becoming NCAA Division I eligible in 2009. The 2013 title game tips off at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, at the Sioux Falls Arena, televised live on ESPNU.
For the game, the South Dakota State scored 58 points in the paint and had 43 points off the bench.
SDSU had five players score in double figures led by Ashley Eide with 16. The Jackrabbit senior scored eight of SDSU's first ten points. Guard Gabby Boever was the only other starter in double figures, with 10, while she also contributed four assists, four steals and a blocked shot.
Off the bench, Megan Stuart scored 11, Tara Heiser 10 and Katie Lingle 10.
For the game, SDSU shot 57.9 percent (33-of-57) and was 18-for-20 at the foul line. The Jacks had a 37-22 rebounding advantage. Leah Dietel led the Jacks with seven rebounds and also contributed eight points, five assists and two steals.
Erin Murphy led Fort Wayne with 18 points including the first seven as the Mastodons were within 8-7 before SDSU went on a 10-0 run. Amanda Hyde added 15.
Fort Wayne which played a double-overtime game Sunday to advance to the semifinals, shot just 32.7 percent (16-of-49) but made 22-of-24 free throws. The Mastodons inished the season 13-17.
STATE BOYS BB…Pairings are set for Thursday’s start of the state boys’ basketball tournaments.
“AA”-Sioux Falls Arena
Noon: #1 Sioux Falls Roosevelt v. #8 Rapid City Stevens
1:45pm: #4 Huron v. #5 Brandon Valley
6:00pm: #2 Pierre v. #7 Rapid City Central
7:45pm: #3 Brookings v. #6 Sioux Falls Lincoln (Live on KCountry 102 @ 7:25)
“A”-Rushmore Plaza, Rapid City
1:00pm: #1Clark/Willow Lake v. #8 Platte-Geddes
2:45pm: #4 Spearfish v. #5 Tea Area
7:00pm: #2 Aberdeen Roncalli v. #7 Mobridge-Pollock
8:45pm: #3 Madison v. #6 Pine Ridge
“B”-Wachs Arena, Aberdeen
Noon: #1 White River v. #8 Langford Area
1:45pm: #4 Potter County v. #5 South Central
6:00pm: #2 James Valley Christian v. #7 Viborg-Hurley
7:45pm: #3 Dupree v. #6 Arlington (Live on B93.7)
JAMES VALLEY BB… James Valley Christian is headed to the State B Boys basketball tournament for the third time in four years.
The Vikings have a 21-2 record with the second seed in the tournament. Head coach Darwin says his experienced team will be ready for the big stage. 97621 :25 “pressure”.
The Vikings draw Viborg/Hurley for the first round, a team they beat in January. Hofer says they are a scary team, having advanced to state championship games the past two seasons, once in Class A and once in Class B. 97622 :28 “this year”.
The Vikings defeated Viborg/Hurley 53-35 on January 19 at the Hanson Classic. James Valley Christian and Viborg/Hurley will tip off at 6:00 Thursday night at the Barnett Center in Aberdeen.
SDSU GOLF…The fourth annual Jackrabbit Invitational at the Primm Valley Golf Club got off to a frosty start. Literally.
Early morning frost delayed the original 8:30 a.m. opening of the tournament by an hour and half as officials waited for the course to warm up.
With one official round in the books, the SDSU men sit third out of 14 teams with a score of 288, 12 strokes behind leader Air Force. The Jackrabbit women are seventh out of 13 with a 320, 14 stokes back of leader Houston Baptist University.
Hudson Carpenter fired a 69 in the opening round, including six birdies, to pace the Jacks. He’s in a tie for fifth heading into day two of the tourney and sits at three-under par.
Greg Fehrman had a 72, Miles Knutsen a 73, Brian Wynia and Lukas Davison at 74, and A-C Sitter, competing individually, had a 69. Dillon Schultz is also playing unattached, and had a 72. David Smith had a 79.
North Dakota’s Alex Robb and Idaho’s Gordon Webb were both seven-under (65) and sit atop the leader board after one round.
Amber Houser is tied for 17th with a 79, including three birdies. Briana Janu also shot a 79 in the first round and is tied for 17th, but the freshman is competing as an individual.
Morgan Fitts and Sidney McDonald each had 80’s…Michaela Kouri is at 81…Alli Plath shot 85 and Myranda Dunmire had an 87.
North Dakota State’s Amy Anderson is two-under par and holds a three-stroke lead heading into day two of the tournament, firing a 70 in the first round.