SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Michael Orris scored 20 points and hit a go-ahead jumper with two seconds left, and fourth-seeded South Dakota State beat top-seeded South Dakota 74-71 in Monday night’s Summit League Tournament semifinal.
South Dakota State (17-16) will face either third-seeded Omaha or No. 7 seed IUPUI in Tuesday’s championship game.
South Dakota’s Tyler Peterson missed a free throw, Mike Daum got the rebound and fed Orris, who hit a jumper to make it 72-71 with two seconds left. South Dakota’s inbounds pass went out of bounds on the next possession, Reed Tellinghuisen was fouled, and he iced it with two from the line.
The Jackrabbits closed to 56-50 in the second half on Daum’s layup, then tied it at 65 on Tellinghuisen’s free throw with 3:58 left. Matt Mooney’s 3 put the Coyotes up 71-68 with 34 seconds to go, but Daum made two free throws to close to 71-70.
Daum scored 18 points, Tellinghuisen had 16, and Chris Howell 11 for the Jackrabbits, who made 22 of 28 free throws to the Coyotes’ 9 of 15.
Mooney tied his career best with 30 for South Dakota (22-11), which led 44-33 at halftime.
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