South Dakota State routs UND in preview of future Summit rivalry
BROOKINGS, S.D.—UND and South Dakota State's matchup Tuesday night is expected to be the final non-conference showdown between the two schools.
The Fighting Hawks will leave the Big Sky Conference and join the Summit League next season.
UND discovered at Frost Arena there is a significant gap between the Hawks and their new league's dominant team.
SDSU turned the showdown of last year's NCAA tournament qualifiers into a laugher by halftime in a 99-63 victory in front of 1,874 fans.
The Jackrabbits, who improved to 9-4, led 55-30 at the break and shot 71.4 percent from the field in the first half.
"When we got in foul trouble, we didn't compete," UND coach Brian Jones said. "They did a tremendous job posting up our guards and our bigs and got us in foul trouble."
SDSU was led by 6-foot-9 junior Mike Daum, the reigning Summit League Player of the Year, who had 20 of his 25 points by halftime.
Daum's 25 points and 10 rebounds highlighted SDSU's size advantage in the post, where the Jacks had 48 points in the paint.
Daum, of Kimball, Neb., was one of four Jacks in double figures. David Jenkins had 15, Reed Tellinghuisen had 13 and Tevin King had 11.
"Our defense is not very good at all right now," Jones said. "It's everybody. They have to improve individually and as a group. We won our league last year because we were the best defense in our league. We had guys who understood our system. Right now, there's lots of new faces and they're struggling to get comfortable on both sides of the ball. We're also playing good teams that are exposing it."
SDSU led UND in bench scoring 30-11. UND's reserves were 3-for-18 from the field and 0-for-10 from the 3-point line.
Star guard Geno Crandall was held to less than 10 points for just the third time this season. Crandall, who came in averaging 17.3 points per game, finished with nine points and six rebounds.
The Fighting Hawks' lone bright spot was senior Iowa transfer Dale Jones, who was 7-for-12 from the field for a career-high 18 points.
Conner Avants chipped in 10 points.
"We went into this game, saying we were going to pound it in the paint and we did that well in the first half," Daum said. "It led to us getting easy shots and making plays for each other."
UND was only close for a few minutes against the Jacks. After a Jones 3-pointer cut the SDSU lead to 22-17 with 12 minutes, 20 seconds left in the first half, the Jacks went on a 16-0 run to push the lead out to 42-22 with 5:30 remaining in the first half.