TULSA, Okla. – South Dakota State men's basketball saw its comeback efforts fall short as the Jacks dropped a 94-88 contest at Oral Roberts Thursday evening despite a 32-point effort from Mike Daum.
SDSU (8-12, 1-4 Summit League) shot 52.3 percent from the field and hit 12 3-pointers on the night, but Oral Roberts used a 23 of 24 effort at the charity stripe alongside a 50 percent mark on field goals and seven 3-pointers to secure the win.
Daum led all scorers, attempting a career-high 25 field goals with a career-high 14 made. Reed Tellinghuisen (14 points), A.J. Hess (12 points) and Chris Howell (11 points) joined Daum in double figures as Howell snagged a team-high sevn boards.
All five starters for the Golden Eagles reached double figures in the scoring column, led by Albert Owens' 24 points.
An early 8-0 run for the Jacks with 3-pointers from Tellinghuisen and Hess carried SDSU to an 10-4 lead in the first three minutes, but ORU responded with seven consecutive points of their own to take an 11-10 lead at 16:08.
After a swing of five quick lead changes saw the Jacks take control, 17-16, off an Andre Wallace jumper, SDSU held the advantage for the next five minutes, but couldn't pull away as ORU found an answer for the Jacks hot shooting.
With 3:52 to go in the half, Hess sunk his third 3-pointer of the night to move the Jacks' edge to four once again, but the Eagles used a 7-2 run over the next 90 seconds to take back the lead before neither scored over the final two minutes of the half.
All told, 16 lead changes, six ties and 20 field goals for both teams over a fast-paced, high-efficiency first half sent the Jacks to the locker room down one, 50-49.
SDSU hit 64.5 percent of its field goals with nine 3-pointers in the opening 20 minutes while Oral Roberts was 20 of 37 (54.1 percent) on field goals in the first half with five 3s.
Daum paced the squad with 13 points and four rebounds in the half, matching Hess (nine points) with three 3-pointers. Ian Theisen had nine points as well for the Jacks in the first.
ORU picked up where it left off in the second, moving out to a 63-54 lead before the under-16 media before SDSU cut it to five (63-58) behind a Daum dunk and Howell 3-pointer. The Jackrabbits continued to rally and drew within one, 68-67, moments later, with another Daum slam off Howell's assist at 9:35 to close a run of seven straight for SDSU.
After Golden Eagles pulled away to lead by 11 (81-70) with less than six to play, and the Jacks started a climb back over the next four minutes that saw them cut the lead to two, 81-79, behind a pair of Tellinghuisen free throws with 3:01 on the clock.
The Jackrabbit run was ended on the next ORU possession, but SDSU continued to push and tied it, 83-all, with 1:04 to play on a second chance layup by Daum.
That was all for the Jacks, however, as ORU's free throw shooting prowess helped the Golden Eagles hold on down the stretch.