The NDSU men’s basketball team got a season sweep against the SDSU Jackrabbits with an 82-65 win at the Scheels Center. Junior guard AJ Jacobson scored a career high 26 points on 8-of-13 shooting while sophomore guard Khy Kabellis tallied 16 points and both Dexter Werner and Paul Miller dropped in 12 points.
Sophomore Forward Mike Daum led the way for the Jackrabbits with 26 points but it seemed that the Bison, especially Werner, made Daum earn every one of them. “We didn’t do a very good job in the first half” said NDSU head coach David Richman about his team’s effort on Daum, “but making him take 17 shots and only gets seven field goals…you know he’s gonna get some it’s just about making them difficult”.
In the first half NDSU shot 16-32 (50%) from the field while going 3-9 (33.3%) from three-point range. And held the Jacks to just 10-of-27 (37%) from the field. At the halftime break NDSU was up by nine 41-32.
The Bison had a 14-0 run early in the second that pushed the lead out to 61-42. The Jackrabbits would go to a zone defense with about ten minutes left in the second half that got them back into the game down nine points but a three-pointer by Kabellis and two clutch three-point shots from freshman guard Jared Samuelson off the bench pushed it back to double digits and NDSU would go on to win by 17 points over their border rivals from Brookings.
With the win NDSU moves to 16-8 and 8-3 in the Summit League and maintains first place ahead of South Dakota by half a game. Next up NDSU welcomes in the University of Denver on Saturday at 2pm.
Both Jacobson and Miller will most likely score their 1,000th point as a Bison in that game. Jacobson is three points away and Miller is five points.