Summit League roundup: SDSU men win sixth straight

USD men, women both fall to Denver

Matt Dentlinger goes up for two of his 26 points in Saturday's win over Omaha at Baxter Arena, Feb. 18, 2023.
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South Dakota State won its sixth in a row on Saturday night, cruising past Omaha 91-70 at Baxter Arena.

Matt Dentlinger had 26 points and Zeke Mayo added 18 points, nine rebounds and four assists to spark the Jackrabbits, who are 17-11 on the season and 12-4 in Summit League play. Omaha fell to 8-21, 4-13. It was SDSU's seventh win in a row over the Mavericks, and it clinched them the No. 2 seed in the Summit League tournament.

SDSU took control early, building their lead as high as 17 in the first half. Omaha briefly got within nine on a 3-pointer by Frankie Fidler (who led the Mavs with 20 points) but the lead was back to 13 at the break and got as high as 25 in the second half.

SDSU shot 54 percent from the floor for the game and 9-of-18 from 3-point range.

William Kyle had 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Jacks, while Charlie Easley had 14 points and Matthew Mors 10.


SDSU returns home to close out the regular season, hosting Kansas City on Thursday and Oral Roberts on Saturday.

DENVER 86, SOUTH DAKOTA 68 in Denver - A dreadful first half sent the Coyotes to their fourth straight loss on Saturday at Hamilton Gymnasium.

USD made just 3-of-26 first-half field goals, falling behind 40-12 at the break. They found their shooting stroke in the second but it was far too late, as the Pioneers snapped their own four-game losing streak with the victory.

Denver improved to 5-12 in the Summit League and 14-16 overall, while USD fell to 11-17 and 6-10.

Mason Archambault had 16 points to lead the Coyotes, who scored 56 points in the second half, their highest-scoring second half of the season immediately following their lowest scoring half.

Paul Bruns had 14 points and A.J. Plitzuweit 12.

Touko Tainamo had 17 points for Denver and Marko Lukic 15.

USD hosts Oral Roberts on Thursday and Kansas City on Saturday.


DENVER 79, SOUTH DAKOTA 74 in Vermillion - Trailing by seven after three quarters, the Pioneers outscored USD 25-13 in the final stanza to come away with the road win.

Mikayla Brandon had 25 points and nine rebounds to lead Denver (12-16, 8-9), while Carley Duffney's 20 points led the Coyotes (12-15, 8-8). Grace Larkins had 12 points and 12 rebounds. The Coyotes finish the season 7-8 at the Sanford Coyote Sports Center.

USD closes out the regular season schedule on the road, visiting Oral Roberts on Thursday and Kansas City on Saturday.

Matt Zimmer is a Sioux Falls native and longtime sports writer. He graduated from Washington High School where he played football, legion baseball and developed his lifelong love of the Minnesota Twins and Vikings. After graduating from St. Cloud State University, he returned to Sioux Falls, began a long career in amateur baseball and started working as a sports freelancer. Zimmer was hired as a sport reporter at the Argus Leader in 2004, where he covered Sioux Falls high schools and colleges before moving to the South Dakota State University beat in 2014.
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