NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL: Dykstra, Jacks rip SMSU 83-62

BROOKINGS, S.D. – South Dakota State limited Southwest Minnesota State to just 33 percent shooting and earned its first victory of the season with an 83-62 win on Monday night at Frost Arena.

Jordan Dykstra led the Jackrabbits (1-3) with 21 points and 12 rebounds with teammate Cody Larson adding 13 points and 11 rebounds. Brayden Carlson added 16 points on 7 of 10 shooting.

SMSU (1-2) was led by Cole Martin’s 11 points and was the only Mustang player to score in double figures. William Giddings, Mitch Weg, Nick Smith, Vinard Birch and Joey Bartlett all finished with eight points each.

The Mustangs finished the game connecting on just 24 of 72 shots and was just 3 of 18 from 3-point range. SDSU, which shot 53 percent (31 of 59) from the field, held a 48-37 rebound advantage.

SMSU’s Martin hit a jumper to tie score at 6-6 with 16 minutes and nine seconds remaining the first half, but SDSU answered with a 15-0 run over the next six minutes to build a 21-6 lead, before Martin ended the drought with a 3-pointer at the 9:44 mark. SMSU made just five of its first 22 shots in the first 12 minutes of the game

The Jackrabbits continued to add to the lead and built a 32-17 advantage with 4:38 remaining before the Mustangs would slowly cut into the margin before the halftime break. A Vinard Birch layup sparked an 8-0 SMSU run that was highlighted by a four-point play by Martin, to trim the deficit to 32-25 with just over two minutes left in the half.

SDSU pushed the lead back to double digits before SMSU’s Joey Bartlett closed the half with a field goal to cut the SDSU lead to 37-29 at halftime.

SMSU shot 32 percent (12 of 37) from the field in the opening half with a pair of 3-pointers and was out-rebounded 25-17. Martin led the Mustangs with nine points on 3 of 6 shooting.

The Mustangs started the second half strong cutting the lead to 39-35 following baskets by Weg and Giddings, but the Jacks had an answer putting together a 12-1 run to push the lead to 51-36 at the 13:30 mark and the lead never dipped below double digits the remainder of the game.

South Dakota State is now 17-1 all-time versus Southwest Minnesota State. SMSU drops to 3-13 all-time versus Division I teams.

Southwest Minnesota State returns to action this Thursday night with a road match-up versus Northern Michigan starting at 6:30 p.m. CST. SMSU will play at Michigan Tech on Friday night with tip set for 6 p.m.