SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Sanford Pentagon Basketball Classic, which runs Saturday through Sunday, brings together Northern State University; Wayne State College; New York Institute of Technology; and Missouri Southern State University for a four-game event at the venue.
10:30 a.m. – NYIT vs. Wayne State
12:30 p.m. – Northern State vs. Missouri Southern State
5:30 p.m. – Northern State vs. NYIT
7:30 p.m. – Wayne State vs. Missouri Southern State
About Northern State
Northern State enters this weekend’s games with a 4-1 record. Earlier this year, the Wolves nearly pulled off a historic upset of the Pac-12’s Arizona State Sun Devils before falling 98-90 in double overtime in an exhibition game in Tempe, AZ. Picked first in the NSIC preseason poll, the Wolves are under the direction of eighth-year head coach Paul Sather. Through five games this season, NSIC newcomer of the year and first-team all-conference Logan Doyle is one of three Wolves averaging more than 10 points per game, while leading NSU with seven rebounds per contest.
About Wayne State
Wayne State brings a 3-1 record into the opening day of the Sanford Pentagon Basketball Classic with wins against Nebraska-Kearney, Barclay College and Augustana. Jeff Kaminsky enters his second season as the Wildcats head coach, coming off a 10-19 campaign in 2016-17. Wayne State was picked to finish eleventh in the NSIC. Kendall Jacks and Trevin Joseph are both averaging in double figures for the Wildcats at 15.5 and 11 points per game, respectively.
About Missouri Southern State
Missouri Southern State has started the young season off with a 1-2 record, with both losses coming to NSIC opponents in the MIAA/NSIC Challenge. The Lions were picked to finish sixth in the MIAA preseason poll. Jeff Boschee is in his fourth year as the head coach of the Lions and has a 56-35 record. The former Kansas star was the Big 12 Freshman of the Year in 1999-2000 and led the Jayhawks to the Final Four in 2002.
The New York Institute of Technology brings a 2-1 record to the Sanford Pentagon Basketball Classic. Its two victories have come over Wilmington (Del.) and Caldwell. Kevin Hamilton, a fourth round selection of the Boston Celtics in 1980, enters his second season as head coach of the Bears. Jeffrey Haden is averaging 24 points per game this season. The junior forward exploded for 32 points in a loss to USciences earlier this month.
Use the hashtag #PentagonShowcase throughout the weekend to be a part of the conversation. There will also be special Snapchat filters available at the Pentagon during the games.
You can follow live stats for each game at sidearmstats.com/pentagon/bball
The cornerstone of the Sanford Sports Complex in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is the Sanford Pentagon, a 160,000-square-foot, five-sided facility featuring nine basketball courts, including the 1950s/1960s-inspired Heritage Court. The venue combines state-of-the-art amenities—including high-definition video boards and executive suites—with period-specific finishes that are a nod to the nostalgic days of basketball. The 3,200-seat Pentagon is home to Sanford POWER Basketball Academy, Sanford POWER Volleyball Academy, the NBA G League’s Sioux Falls Skyforce, the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Women’s and Men’s Basketball Tournament and the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame.
Parking and accommodations
Parking at the Sanford Pentagon is available on the east, west and north side of the facility. Need to eat? The Pentagon includes full-service concession stands, and Will’s Training Table is a short walk across the street. Want to stay close to the arena? The Fairfield Inn & Suites is also across the street. The venue also has an official team store and several ATM stations.
The South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame calls the Sanford Pentagon home. Visitors can enjoy the free exhibit that includes historical photos, records and memorabilia. In fact, the entire facility is trek to a different era. The Pentagon took great care to include old photos, jerseys and mementos throughout the venue. One of this year’s new elements highlights former high school championship teams. That’s available for viewing on the second level.
|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||Northern Colorado 80, Youngstown State 67|
|Nov. 24, 2017||South Dakota 84, Southern Miss, 71|
|Nov. 25, 2017||Northern Colorado 63, South Dakota 62|
|Nov. 25, 2017||Southern Miss 71, Youngstown State 64|
|Nov. 26, 2017||Northern Colorado 77, Southern Miss, 63|
|Nov. 26, 2017||South Dakota 81, Youngstown State 53|
|Dec. 2, 2017||Missouri State 73, South Dakota State 53|
|Dec. 22, 2017||Iowa vs. Colorado|