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South Dakota State to face St. Bonaventure in men’s basketball at Sanford Pentagon

07/12/2022, 2:00pm CDT
By Sanford Media Relations

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota State will face St. Bonaventure in a non-conference men’s basketball game at the Sanford Pentagon on Nov. 15.

Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Sept. 13.

“We continue to add quality and intriguing Division I matchups to our schedule at the Sanford Pentagon that give fans a chance to experience a combination of new teams and local favorites,” said Jesse Smith, vice president of Sanford Sports. “Both St. Bonaventure and South Dakota State are coming off incredibly successful seasons, and we’re looking forward to them competing against each other on Heritage Court.”

This is the 18th time South Dakota State will play at the Sanford Pentagon. Last season, the Jackrabbits participated in the Crossover Classic for a second straight year, finishing the three-day event with a 2-1 record. A member of the Summit League, SDSU is coming off an historic 30-5 season that featured an undefeated conference regular season (18-0), a Summit League tournament championship and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time.

“To be able to partner with Sanford and play in the Pentagon, which is one of the premier facilities in the country, is another great opportunity,” said Eric Henderson, South Dakota State head coach. “To have our opponent be St. Bonaventure with the history and the tradition that they have, it really suits up well for us. We like to challenge ourselves in the non-conference in order to prepare us for conference play, and that’s exactly what this does.”

This is the first trip to Heritage Court for St. Bonaventure, members of the Atlantic 10 Conference. The Bears finished the 2021-22 season with a 21-10 record and reached the semifinals of the NIT Tournament before falling to eventual champion Xavier.

“We look forward to the opportunity of playing South Dakota State at the Sanford Pentagon,” said Mark Schmidt, St. Bonaventure head coach. “It is a venue which hosts prestigious college basketball events every year, and we’re excited about making our first trip there. We’ll be presented with a great challenge in facing one of the top mid-major programs in the country for another marquee date on our non-conference schedule.”

This will be the first meeting between South Dakota State and St. Bonaventure.

Since opening in 2013, the Sanford Pentagon has hosted 63 Division I men’s college basketball games. The Pentagon has also hosted 16 NCAA Division I women's college basketball games including a double header last season featuring eventual national champion South Carolina, Final Four participant Louisville, Sweet 16 participant South Dakota and NCAA Tournament qualifier Arizona.

This season Baylor will play Gonzaga in a rematch of the 2021 men’s national championship game and South Carolina, the defending women’s national champions, will face South Dakota State, the defending WNIT champions.

DI Men’s Basketball Games at Sanford Pentagon

Date Game
Nov. 8, 2013 Wisconsin 86, St. John's 75
Nov. 18, 2014 No. 11 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 No. 7 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 80, Colorado 73
Dec. 16, 2018 No. 25 Nebraska 79, Oklahoma State 56
Feb. 7, 2019 Omaha 107, South Dakota 102 (OT)
Nov. 5, 2019 No. 20 Saint Mary's 65, Wisconsin 63 (OT)
Nov. 9, 2019 Oklahoma 71, Minnesota 62
Dec. 20, 2019 Northern Colorado 87, South Dakota 68
Nov. 25, 2020 Memphis 73, Saint Mary's 56
Nov. 25, 2020 Western Kentucky 93, Northern Iowa 87
Nov. 25, 2020 No. 15 West Virginia 79, South Dakota State 71
Nov. 25, 2020 VCU 85, Utah State 69
Nov. 26, 2020 Western Kentucky 93, Memphis 69
Nov. 26, 2020 No. 15 West Virginia 78, VCU 66
Nov. 26, 2020 Saint Mary's 66, Northern Iowa 64
Nov. 26, 2020 South Dakota State 65, Utah State 44
Nov. 27, 2020 No. 15 West Virginia 70, Western Kentucky 64
Nov. 27, 2020 Saint Mary's 72, South Dakota State 59
Nov. 27, 2020 Utah State 82, Northern Iowa 71
Nov. 27, 2020 VCU 70, Memphis 59
Dec. 10. 2020 North Dakota 75, South Dakota 71
Dec. 10, 2020 South Dakota State 77, North Dakota State 75
Dec. 11, 2020 South Dakota State 74, North Dakota 62
Dec. 11, 2020 North Dakota State 74, South Dakota 67
Dec. 12, 2020 North Dakota State 53, North Dakota 52
Dec. 12, 2020 South Dakota 91, South Dakota State 78
Dec. 19, 2020 No. 1 Gonzaga 99, No. 3 Iowa 88
March 6, 2021 South Dakota State 84, Omaha 71
March 6, 2021 South Dakota 86, Western Illinois 69
March 7, 2021 Oral Roberts 76, North Dakota 65
March 7, 2021 North Dakota State 69, Kansas City 65
March 8, 2021 Oral Roberts 90, South Dakota State 88
March 8, 2021 North Dakota State 79, South Dakota 75
March 9, 2021 Oral Roberts 75, North Dakota State 72
Nov. 10, 2021 South Dakota 59, Air Force Academy 53
Nov. 22, 2021 South Dakota State 102, Nevada 75
Nov. 22, 2021 Washington 77, George Mason 74
Nov. 23, 2021 Nevada 88, George Mason 69
Nov. 23, 2021 Washington 87, South Dakota State 76
Nov. 24, 2021 Nevada 81, Washington 62
Nov. 24, 2021 South Dakota State 80, George Mason 76
Dec. 11, 2021 Creighton 83, No. 24 BYU 71
Dec. 18, 2021 Iowa 94, Utah State 75
Dec. 2, 2022 Baylor vs. Gonzaga

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