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Jackrabbits Overcome ‘Embarrassing’ Start, But Still End Season At Old Dominion In CBI

Down two starters, South Dakota State battled back from a big deficit at Old Dominion Wednesday night, but the Jacks were only able to grab a brief lead before seeing their season come to an end with a 72-65 loss in the opening round of the College Basketball Invitational.

Despite back-to-back 3-pointers from Jordan Dykstra, SDSU was plagued by early shooting woes, connecting on just four of their first 16 attempts in the first eight minutes, while turning the ball over seven times. SDSU was held scoreless for nearly seven minutes at one stretch.  The Jackrabbits were without starters Jake Bittle (foot) and Chad White (knee) who both missed the game with injuries.

While the Jacks were cold, the Monarchs were red hot hitting better than 60 percent from the floor during that span, including a trio of 3′s from Dimitri Batten, part of a 15-0 run, as ODU led by as many as 19.

South Dakota State did climb out of the shooting slump hitting eight of their last 11 before the half, but they gained little ground on an Old Dominion team that buried seven 3-pointers in the first half and led 48-33 at the break.

Cody Larson led the Jacks with 10 first half points.

The Jackrabbits continued their improved accuracy at the beginning of the second half, opening with a 10-2 run, and eventually pulling even with ODU at 60 with 7:26 to play on a Zach Horstman layin.  Horstman scored nine of his career-high 15 points in the second half.

30 seconds later SDSU had a lead, its only of the game, when Dykstra hit a 3-pointer, giving the Jacks a 63-62 edge with 6:53 left.

But that would be the last field goal the Jackrabbits would collect until the final 17 seconds of the game, as The Monarchs outscored the visitors 10-2 down the stretch to advance to play either Oregon State or Radford.

Larson led SDSU with a double-double (14 points/12 rebounds).  Batten paced ODU with 18 points.

After the game, SDSU head coach Scott Nagy said his team:

Lost the game in the first half.

Nagy called his team’s effort in the first 20 minutes:

Embarrassing.

South Dakota State finishes the season 19-13.

It was the final game in the careers of White, Dykstra (16 points), Marcus Heemstra (7 points), and Brayden Carlson, who struggled through a 2-for-12 shooting night, finishing with 7 points.

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