Daum reaches 2,000 career points in South Dakota State win against the Bison

BROOKINGS, S.D.-Mike Daum and David Jenkins Jr. took turns dominating halves for South Dakota State on Thursday night at Frost Arena.That scoring combination proved too much for North Dakota State to overcome.Daum scored 21 points in the first ha...
North Dakota State’s A.J. Jacobson (21) scores on a layup over South Dakota State’s Ian Thiesen during the first half Thursday night at Frost Arena in Brookings, S.D.. Jason Salzman / Sioux Falls Argus Leader

BROOKINGS, S.D.-Mike Daum and David Jenkins Jr. took turns dominating halves for South Dakota State on Thursday night at Frost Arena.

That scoring combination proved too much for North Dakota State to overcome.

Daum scored 21 points in the first half and Jenkins poured in 18 points after halftime to vault the Jackrabbits to an 82-63 victory in Summit League men's basketball before 3,377 fans.

Daum finished with a game-high 31 points and surpassed 2,000 points for his career during the second half. The 6-foot-9 junior also grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds.

"Whether he's scoring or not, he's got your full attention," Bison head coach Dave Richman said of Daum. "That is a big part of it."

The Bison (12-11, 4-4 Summit) had their two-game winning streak snapped. NDSU next plays host to South Dakota at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at Scheels Center and Sanford Health Athletic Complex.

"We've got to quickly learn from this and get better," Richman said. "We have a good South Dakota team coming in."

Jenkins caught fire after halftime, scoring the first six points of the second half. He capped that surge with a layup that pushed the SDSU lead to 43-32 with 17 minutes, 36 seconds to play in the second quarter. Minutes later, the Jackrabbits added a string of seven consecutive points. Junior guard Tevin King capped that rally with a steal and layup that gave SDSU a 57-41 lead with 11:43 remaining. King finished with a game-high six steals as NDSU ended with 13 turnovers. King had nine points and four steals in the second half. He finished with 16 points.

"I think a lot of it had to do with how we were playing offensively," Richman said. "We had been very efficient, very effective offensively. ... They pressured us out of some things and we rushed it."

Daum's 21 first-half points helped the Jackrabbits build a 37-32 halftime lead. He was 8-for-20 from the floor in the opening 20 minutes, also grabbing seven rebounds.

SDSU led by as many as nine points before halftime after a run of eight consecutive points.

King scored the final four points in that scoring surge, including a layup that gave the Jackrabbits a 37-26 lead with 2:02 remaining in the first half.

Paul Miller and Deng Geu led the Bison in the first half, scoring eight points each. Geu shot 3-for-3 from the field in the first half, giving NDSU a boost off the bench. He finished with 12 points and six rebounds.

"Deng's been playing better and better," Richman said.

The Bison shot 48 percent (13 of 27) from the field in the opening half, but went cold after halftime. They shot 33 percent (10 of 30) from the field in the second half. They were also 24 percent (4 of 17) from 3-point range over the final 20 minutes.

Miller paced NDSU with 17 points and eight rebounds.

NDSU (12-11, 4-4 SL): P. Miller 6-17 4-4 17, Quayle 0-2 0-0 0, Jacobson 1-7 2-2 5, Hunter 3-7 2-2 11, Eliason 1-3 0-0 2, Samuelson 0-1 0-0 0, Geu 5-7 1-4 12, Ward 4-8 0-2 8, Kreuser 3-5 1-2 8. Totals 23-57 10-16 63.

SDSU (19-6, 7-1): Flatten 1-3 0-0 3, King 4-7 7-8 16, Jenkins 6-15 7-8 20, Tellinghuisen 2-4 0-0 4, Daum 10-25 7-9 31, Key 1-2 1-2 3, Theisen 1-2 3-5 5. Totals 25-58 25-32 82.

Half: SDSU 37, NDSU 32. 3-point goals: NDSU 7-27 (P. Miller 1-8, Quayle 0-2, Jacobson 1-4, Hunter 3-4, Samuelson 0-1, Geu 1-2, Ward 0-3, Kreuser 1-3), SDSU 7-21 (Flatten 1-1, King 1-2, Jenkins 1-5, Tellinghuisen 0-2, Daum 4-10, Theisen 0-1). Total fouls: NDSU 24, SDSU 16. Rebounds: NDSU 34 (P. Miller 8), SDSU 40 (Daum 13). Assists: NDSU 6 (P. Miller 4), SDSU 12 (King 4). Steals: NDSU 1 (Jacobson), SDSU 9 (King 6). Turnovers: NDSU 13 (P. Miller 3, Geu 3), SDSU 6 (Daum 2). A-3,377.