BROOKINGS, S.D. — David Jenkins Jr. scored 16 points, Mike Daum and Reed Tellinghuisen each had 12 points, and South Dakota State pulled away from UC Irvine 65-54 Friday night.
Daum made a 3 and a layup with 12:18 to go during a 17-8 Jackrabbits run to break a 31-all score. Eyassu Worku, Elston Jones and Evan Leonard made layups to bring UC Irvine within 49-47, but Tellinghuisen and Daum made back-to-back 3s.
South Dakota State was 14 for 35 from beyond the 3-point line. Defensively, the Jackrabbits forced 18 UC Irvine turnovers that led to 18 points.
Worku led the Anteaters with 12 points but missed 13 of 18 shots. Leonard finished with 10 points and Jonathan Galloway grabbed 13 rebounds. UC Irvine shot just 5 for 19 (26 percent) from 3-point range and 5 for 12 (42) from the free-throw line.