VERMILLION — Sophomore Stanley Umude tallied a career-high 19 points as the South Dakota men’s basketball team toppled CSU Bakersfield 68-56 Saturday inside the Sanford Coyote Sports Center.
Umude tallied his career mark on 5-of-8 shooting and sank 8-of-10 free throws as the Coyotes improve to 4-3 on the season. The Roadrunners fall to 3-4 overall. The contest was part of the Summit League vs. Western Athletic Conference Challenge, which the WAC currently leads 3-2.
Leading 22-16 with 4:20 remaining in the first half, South Dakota closed on a 13-5 run to enter intermission leading 35-21. Umude tallied eight of the Coyotes’ 13 points in the run.
Senior Trey Burch-Manning hit a 3-point basket to open the second half and give the Coyotes a 17-point advantage at 38-21. However, CSU Bakersfield embarked on a 19-7 run to cut the Coyotes lead to just five points with 11:43 remaining in the game.
Senior Logan Power flipped the Roadrunner script when he sparked a 7-0 run with a layup and a pair of free throws. Junior Tyler Peterson ended the run with an old-fashioned 3-point play.
From there, the Coyotes rebuilt their lead to as many as 14 points before closing the game with the 68-56 final score.
“I thought our guys battled well against a team that is bigger than us,” USD head coach Todd Lee said. “We only had four turnovers in the second half and I thought that was a key to the game.
“Defensively, I thought our guys did a good job holding them to 37 percent (shooting) and 21 percent from three.”
Umude not only tallied a career best in points, but he also set a new career standard with eight rebounds. Peterson totaled 14 points while Power added 11 points in 16 minutes off the bench. South Dakota totaled a season-best 30 points off the bench.
South Dakota also shot a season-high 83.9 percent from the free-throw line, hitting 26-of-31 shot attempts. From the field, the Coyotes shot 45.2 percent, sinking 19-of-42 field goal attempts.
James Suber and Rickey Holden led the Roadrunners with 14 points each as Suber completed a double-double with 11 rebounds.
South Dakota returns to the road on Tuesday for an 8 p.m. (CST) tipoff at Colorado.
CS BAKERSFIELD (3-4)
Lee 1-4 0-0 2, Suber 5-8 4-6 14, Holden 5-12 4-4 14, Joiner 4-10 0-0 10, McCall 0-0 0-0 0, Williams 0-2 0-0 0, Barnes 1-1 0-1 2, Person 0-1 0-0 0, Dickerson 0-0 0-0 0, McNeal 1-3 0-0 2, Durham 3-14 0-0 8, Edler-Davis 2-4 0-0 4. Totals 22-59 8-11 56.
SOUTH DAKOTA (4-3)
Johns 0-0 0-0 0, Burch-Manning 2-6 4-6 9, Simpson 3-6 0-1 6, Peterson 4-10 5-5 14, Armstrong 2-6 4-4 9, Power 3-6 5-5 11, Umude 5-8 8-10 19, Robinson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-42 26-31 68.
Halftime—South Dakota 35-21. 3-Point Goals_CS Bakersfield 4-19 (Joiner 2-5, Durham 2-10, Lee 0-1, Edler-Davis 0-1, Holden 0-2), South Dakota 4-13 (Peterson 1-1, Umude 1-1, Burch-Manning 1-3, Armstrong 1-4, Simpson 0-1, Power 0-3). Fouled Out_Edler-Davis. Rebounds—CS Bakersfield 33 (Suber 11), South Dakota 25 (Umude 8). Assists—CS Bakersfield 9 (Holden 5), South Dakota 8 (Peterson 3). Total Fouls—CS Bakersfield 26, South Dakota 15. A—2,063 (10,000).
Nebraska 75, Illinois 60
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — James Palmer Jr. had 23 points and Nebraska opened up an early 11-point lead, then held off Illinois for a 75-60 win Sunday in the Big Ten conference opener for both teams.
Nebraska (7-1) came out hot, hitting its first three field goals and all six of its free throws to go up 13-2 just 2½ minutes into the game.
Illinois (2-6) trimmed its deficit to four points midway through the first half but Nebraska closed on a 10-2 run to take a 39-23 halftime lead.
The Illini cut the Husker lead to 10 early in the second half and came within nine three times in the final 17 minutes, the last time at 60-51 on Da’monte Williams’ jumper with 6:26 left. But a 7-0 Nebraska flurry capped by a breakaway Isaiah Roby dunk put Nebraska up 70-53 with 3:40 left.
The Huskers hit 25 of 30 from the free-throw line, including 12 of 14 by Palmer. Illinois made 8 of its 13 free-throw attempts.
Isaac Copeland had 16 points and Glynn Watson, Jr. had 14 points for Nebraska.
Giorgi Bezhanishvili led Illinois with 14 points. Kipper Nichols scored 12 and Ayu Dosunmu added 10 for the Illini.
SMU 79, Oral Roberts 67
DALLAS (AP) — Ethan Chargois scored 17 points and Jahmal McMurray added 16 and SMU used a big first half to defeat Oral Roberts 79-67 on Sunday.
Jimmy Whitt Jr. and Isiaha Mike opened the game with 3-pointers and the Mustangs (6-3) led 14-4 when Mike knocked down his second trey 4½ minutes in. McMurray had back-to-back layups to start a 10-0 run that made for a 26-10 lead and the Golden Eagles (3-7) trailed 42-23 at the half, shooting 30 percent to SMU’s 55.
D.J. Weaver hit consecutive 3-pointers and Aidan Saunders converted a 3-point play that pulled Oral Roberts within 67-59 with 3:41 to play. Baskets by Emmanuel Nzekwesi twice cut the deficit to seven with more than two minutes to go, but a McMurray 3-pointer with 1:52 left put the lead back at 10.
Nzekwesi had 18 points for Oral Roberts, which shot 60 percent in the second half, making 9 of 15 3-pointers.
S.D. State 82, Northern Iowa 50
MINNEAPOLIS — The South Dakota State men’s basketball team used a fast start and balanced effort throughout to cruise past Northern Iowa Saturday at the U.S. Bank Stadium Basketball Classic, 82-50.
Mike Daum led the Jacks with his seventh double-double of the season, dropping a game-high 24 points to go with 11 rebounds. He hit 11-of-12 at the charity stripe in the win.
Skyler Flatten scored 17 and had five rebounds with five assists over 36 minutes, David Jenkins scored 16 and Alex Arians reached double-figures for the second-consecutive game, adding 11 points for SDSU to go with six rebounds.
Tevin King dished a game-high seven assists.
South Dakota State shot 51 percent as a team and held Northern Iowa to 31 percent shooting from the field, thanks in part to a plus-26 advantage in points in the paint.
South Dakota State heads for Memphis, Tennessee to face the Memphis Tigers on Tuesday night. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m.
Drake 95, N.D. State 88
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nick McGlynn scored 23 points and Nick Norton posted a triple double as Drake held off North Dakota State, 95-88 at the U.S. Bank Stadium Basketball Classic on Saturday night.
The game is the third of four games scheduled over two days at U.S. Bank Stadium, the first basketball games the facility has hosted and is the site of this season’s Final Four.
Drake (5-1) shot 69.2 percent from the field in the second half, knocking down 18 of 26 attempts, including 7 of 12 from beyond the 3-point arc. Overall the Bulldogs were 32 of 57 from the floor (56.1 percent), 12 of 23 from deep.
McGlynn, the team’s lone returning starter, posted 23 points for the second straight game. Norton, a graduate transfer from UAB, equaled his season high with 18 points and added career highs with 13 rebounds and 17 assists.
Vinnie Shahid scored 29 points on 10-of-19 shooting from the field, including 5 of 12 from distance for North Dakota State (2-6). Deng Geu added 21 points.
Utah Valley 98, Denver 75
OREM, Utah (AP) — Conner Toolson scored a season-high 26 points and Utah Valley led from the opening minute in a 98-75 win over Denver on Saturday night.
Toolson was 5 of 10 from 3-point range and the Wolverines (6-3) made 13 of 29 3-point attempts while hitting 31 of 58 overall from the field.
Utah Valley opened the game with a 14-5 lead, had a 17-3 run in the middle of the first half and led 53-37 at the break. Joe Rosga’s 3-pointer pulled the Pioneers (2-6) to 63-47 and then the Wolverines went on a 15-0 run and led by at least 23 the rest of the way.
TJ Washington had 17 points for Utah Valley. Jake Toolson added 15 points, Benjamin Nakwaasah scored 14, and Baylee Steele chipped in with 10 points and eight boards.
Ronnie Harrell Jr. scored 20, Ade Murkey added 17 points and David Nzekwesi 10 for Denver.
Western Illinois 70, SE Mo. State 63
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — Ben Pyle had 18 points to go with 11 rebounds as Western Illinois held on to beat Southeast Missouri State 70-63 on Saturday night.
Western Illinois jumped out to an early lead before the Redhawks charged back to tie it 27-27 at the half. Ledarrius Brewer drilled a 3 to give Southeast Missouri its first lead in the second half, 37-34 with 16:21 left. The Redhawks stayed out front until Jeremiah Usiosefe nailed a 3 and Pyle hit back-to-back treys for a 52-45 lead at the 9:25 mark. Pyle sank his fourth 3 of the game for a 55-48 lead with 6:34 remaining as the Leathernecks held SE Missouri off in the final minutes.
Isaac Johnson also totaled 18 points with seven rebounds and Kobe Webster added 16 points for the Leathernecks (4-4).
Skyler Hogan had 18 points and Sage Tolbert added 11 with 10 rebounds for the Redhawks (4-4).
Gonzala 103, Creighton 92
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Zach Norvell Jr. scored 23 of his career-high 28 points in the second half, and top-ranked Gonzaga wiped out an early double-digit deficit and beat Creighton 103-92 on Saturday.
The Bulldogs (8-0), who took over the No. 1 ranking this week after beating Duke in the Maui Invitational, overcame a boisterous crowd of more than 18,000 at the CHI Health Center to win in their first true road game.
Norvell was held in check the first 20 minutes but came out strong after halftime as he did in last year’s win over Creighton in Spokane, Washington. The Zags, down 48-41 at half, got eight quick points from Norvell to pull close, and Corey Kispert’s 3-pointer put them up 66-65, their first lead since early in the game.