Basketball

Nevada downed by hot-shooting Jackrabbits

26 Th11 2021 | 03:32

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota State hit from deep 10 times in the opening half Monday, sending Nevada to a 20-point halftime deficit and eventual 102-75 defeat in the opener of the Mammoth Sports Construction Crossover Classic in Sioux Falls, S.D.

The Pack plays its second game in as many days at the event Tuesday, facing George Mason at 4 p.m. PT on ESPN+.

The Jackrabbits (5-1) went on to finish with a Pack opponent season-high 17 triples, and shot 58.7 percent from the field, including 66.7 percent in the first half. Nevada (1-4) went just 12-for-32 (37.5 percent) from the field over the opening 20 minutes, and, despite a 12-0 run that cut it to 40-27, could not get out of the hole.

On the night, Nevada finished at 39.7 percent (27-for-68) from the field.

Things got off to a nice start for the Pack, as Warren Washington, who finished the game with a Pack-high 20 points, worked the size advantage down low to score four quick points for an early 4-3 lead.

But the Jackrabbits opened hot from deep, with Noah Friedel hitting each of his first three triple attempts to put the Pack behind, 9-6. South Dakota State put distance between itself and Nevada after Washington’s free throw made it a 9-7 game, going on a 16-0 run behind triples from Baylor Scheierman and Zeke Mayo.

The Pack missed eight-straight shots during that Jackrabbit run, breaking its drought with Kenan Blackshear’s 3-pointer with 12 minutes left in the half. But the Jackrabbits, who made 12 of their first 15 attempts from the field, responded with a 15-5 stretch which made it 40-15 with 6:34 on the clock.

Nevada put its best stretch of the half together, in response, as a triple from Desmond Cambridge Jr. and a three-point play from Tré Coleman spurred a 12-0 run that cut the deficit to 40-27 in less than three minutes.

But a 1-for-5 shooting stretch to end the half by Nevada allowed South Dakota State to head into the locker room with a 51-31 advantage.

Washington’s 20 points marked his second-career 20-point effort, and came up just one shy of his career high. Cambridge Jr. finished with 17 on 6-of-12 shooting, while Will Baker came in with 12 points.

For the Jackrabbits, D Wilson led the way with 24 points, going 9-for-11 from the field, while Friedel hit five triples and finished with 21 points.