The South Dakota State Jackrabbits and Ohio State Buckeyes were both red hot early, but only one team managed to stay on pace for the full 40 minutes. Unfortunately for the Blue and Yellow, it was the Buckeyes.
Mike Daum had another dominating individual performance with 27 points in an 81-73 loss. Ohio State was led by Keita Bates-Diop (24 points), Kam Williams (22 points) and C.J. Jackson (20 points). There was a lot of scoring to go around in this one.
The two teams traded three pointers in the first half, both connecting on nine shots from deep before the break. It was tied 43-all when the two teams went into the locker room.
There were 71 combined three pointers attempted, tying the record for most three’s in a tournament game.
Coming out of the break, Ohio State started squashing hope of a potential upset. A 16-0 run over four minutes gave the Buckeyes a 13-point lead with 12 minutes to play.
The Jackrabbits weren’t ready to go away quite that quietly, though. Reed Tellinghuisen stole a pass and threw it down in transition to inject some life into his slumping South Dakota State team. His dunk started a 16-5 run that brought the Jackrabbits back into the game.
It was tied at 70 with under two minutes to play.
Summit Freshman of the Year David Jenkins then made a freshman mistake and fouled Kam Williams on a three. It went in, and resulted in a four point play. South Dakota State’s run was over and Ohio State’s slow end-of-game closeout was on.
Ohio State advances to face No. 4 seed Gonzaga on Saturday. Ohio State lost to Gonzaga 86-59 earlier this season in the PK80 in Portland.