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SDSU, Missouri State to face off at Pentagon

05/18/2017, 2:00pm CDT
By Sanford Media Relations

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The Sanford Pentagon will host South Dakota State University and Missouri State University in non-conference, regular-season men’s college basketball game Dec. 2.

Tickets go on sale Sept. 14.

South Dakota State has a 2-3 record at the Pentagon. This will be Missouri State’s first trip to the venue. Since opening in 2013, the Pentagon has hosted 15 NCAA Division I men’s college basketball games.

“We’re pleased to welcome South Dakota State back to Heritage Court, and we’re excited for Missouri State’s players and fans to experience the atmosphere at the Pentagon for the first time,” said Jesse Smith, executive director of the Sanford Pentagon. “It’s going to be a great game with two of the premier players in their respective conferences.”

The Jackrabbits won the 2017 Summit League Tournament, advancing to the NCAA tournament before falling to No. 1 seed Gonzaga. SDSU returns Summit League Player of the Year Mike Daum who broke the school’s single-season scoring record in 2016-17.

“We’re excited to be playing at the Sanford Pentagon again next season. After coaching at the Pentagon with the Jackrabbits last year, and Iowa State in 2015-16, I have always been impressed with the experience provided for student-athletes who have the honor to play on Heritage Court,” said South Dakota State head coach TJ Otzelberger. “The facility is first-class, the hospitality is top-notch and the fans bring energy and enthusiasm every night.”

The Bears are coming off a 17-16 record in 2016-17, losing in the semi-finals of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament to eventual champion Wichita State University. Missouri State returns All-MVC first-team forward Alize Johnson, who led the Missouri Valley Conference in rebounding and the Bears in scoring during the 2016-17 season.

“We look forward to our game against South Dakota State. They have one of the best players in the country in Mike Daum, and they are coming off an NCAA Tournament appearance,” said Missouri State head coach Paul Lusk. “It will be a great challenge for us.”

South Dakota State leads the all-time series 3-2. The two teams faced each other five times during the 1960s and 70s when the Bears were Southwest Missouri State.

DI Men’s Basketball Games at the Sanford Pentagon

Date Game
Nov. 8, 2013 Wisconsin 86, St. John's 75
Nov. 18, 2014 Wichita State 71, Memphis 56
Nov. 30, 2014 Florida Gulf Coast 71, South Dakota State 58
Dec. 13 2014 UNLV 75, South Dakota 61
Nov. 13, 2015 Iowa State 68, Colorado 62
Dec. 12, 2015 Oklahoma State 62, Minnesota 60
Dec. 27, 2015 South Dakota State 65, Middle Tennessee 61
Dec. 28, 2015 South Dakota 89, Florida Gulf Coast 81
Nov. 25, 2016 East Tennessee State 86, Milwaukee 62
Nov. 25, 2016 UC Irvine 63, South Dakota State 52
Nov. 26, 2016 Milwaukee 54, UC Irvine 37
Nov. 26, 2016 East Tennessee State 71, South Dakota State 59
Nov. 27, 2016 East Tennessee State 72, UC Irvine 66
Nov. 27, 2016 South Dakota State 81, Milwaukee 58
Dec. 3, 2016 Minnesota 56, Vanderbilt 52
Nov. 24, 2017 Youngstown State vs. Northern Colorado
Nov. 24, 2017 South Dakota vs. Southern Miss
Nov. 25, 2017 Northern Colorado vs. Southern Miss
Nov. 25, 2017 South Dakota vs. Youngstown State
Nov. 26, 2017 Southern Miss vs. Youngstown State
Nov. 26, 2017 South Dakota vs. Northern Colorado
Dec. 2, 2017 South Dakota State vs. Missouri State
Dec. 22, 2017 Iowa vs. Colorado

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