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Daum, Jacks too much for UND

North Dakota's Flip Rebraca (left) drops in a shot around South Dakota State's Mike Daum during the first half of the Fighting Hawks' Summit League matchup with the Jackrabbits on Saturday at Frost Arena in Brookings. Sean Welsh/Brookings Register

BROOKINGS, S.D.—Frost Arena is not a friendly place for most South Dakota State men's basketball opponents—especially UND.

South Dakota State put together a big second half as the Jackrabbits defeated UND 80-55 on Saturday in a Summit League game. The loss dropped UND to 3-9 in the Summit and 9-16 overall while SDSU remained atop the league by improving to 10-1 and 20-6.

For UND, it was the Fighting Hawks' sixth-straight loss against the Jackrabbits. And SDSU won its 16th straight over UND at Frost.

UND has not won in Brookings since February of 1995.

Mike Daum, the top player in the Summit and a possible NBA Draft pick, put up monstrous numbers again against UND. He finished with 29 points and 20 rebounds. It was his 48th double-double of his career.

UND put together a solid first half and trailed the Jacks 33-32 at the break.

The Hawks had a decent start to the second half as well. The game was tied that 38-38 before the Jacks gained control.

SDSU went on a 20-2 run over a five-minute stretch to put away any UND upset hopes.

The Hawks again had to play without starting center and senior captain Conner Avants, who is out with a lower-body injury.

UND was led by Cortez Seales, who finished with 15 points and eight rebounds. Filip Rebraca added 12 points. The freshman has scored 10 or more points in seven of his 15 starts this season.

Marlon Stewart was the third UND player in double figures with 10.

UND won't play until next Saturday when the Hawks host Oral Roberts.

Wayne Nelson
Nelson is the sports editor of the Herald
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