Noah Freidel scored 23 points, Baylor Scheierman added 18 points and 10 rebounds, and South Dakota State led almost wire-to-wire en route to a 71-68 win over Iowa State on Wednesday in Ames, Iowa.
The Jackrabbits (2-2) trailed for less than a minute in the opening minutes of the first half before taking a lead they never relinquished.
Iowa State (1-1) shot just 11-of-27 (40.7 percent) from the floor in the first half, including a dismal 2-of-14 from behind the 3-point line. South Dakota State, meanwhile, knocked down 5-of-11 from beyond the arc and 60 percent from the floor to build a 12-point lead at halftime.
The Cyclones’ shooting from the floor improved to 18-of-33 (54.5 percent) in the second half, with Solomon Young setting the pace. He scored 16 of his game-high 24 points after halftime.
But the combination of South Dakota State’s initial lead and the Jackrabbits’ own effective offense was too much for Iowa State to overcome.
The Jackrabbits extended their lead to 15 points with 14:33 left in the game, and kept the deficit in double digits for much of the half.
Freidel and Scheierman both scored 10 points coming out of the locker room, and Douglas Wilson notched eight of his 16 points in the second half. Wilson’s biggest basket was a floater in the paint in the final minute to repel an Iowa State surge.