OXFORD, Miss. — David Jenkins Jr. scored 22 points, including six straight to close out overtime on Tuesday night as South Dakota State defeated Mississippi 99-97.
Mike Daum scored a game-high 26 points for the Jackrabbits (7-2) and Reed Tellinghuisen added 19, including the go-ahead 3-point shot, 93-91, with 1:28 left in overtime. Jenkins followed with two free throws and a pair of contested baskets to preserve the win.
“We preach about togetherness and we had it tonight,” South Dakota State coach T.J. Otzelburger said. “David was tremendous late in overtime and our guys never folded when they charged hard at us in the second half and overtime. I’m so proud of them.”
Ole Miss (4-2) was led by Terence Davis with 22 points before fouling out late in regulation. Markel Crawford and Deandre Burnett scored 19 points apiece for the Rebels, who rallied from a 23-point first-half deficit and trailed 55-35 at halftime.
“We did not show the sense of urgency we needed to start this game,” Mississippi coach Andy Kennedy said. “But South Dakota State put on a clinic in the first half and they made the big plays at the end to get it. They deserve the credit.”
South Dakota State, which earned the automatic NCAA Tournament berth last year from the Summit Conference, shot 35 of 74 (47 percent) from the field, including 18 of 41 (44 percent) from 3-point range. Daum and Tellinghuisen accounted for 11 from the 3-point line as six different Jackrabbits hit a 3-point shot.
Ole Miss was 36 of 72 (50 percent), primarily on the strength of Davis and Crawford, who combined to finish 17 of 30 from the field. The Rebels struggled from 3-point range, hitting 7 of 27 (26 percent), and the free throw line, 18 of 27 (66 percent).
South Dakota State: The Jackrabbits, the preseason top pick in the Summit Conference, improved to 2-1 against Power Five conference teams, defeating Iowa and Ole Miss, after losing at Kansas. South Dakota State started 11 of 13 from 3-point range and led 51-28 late in the first half.
Jenkins led the late surge as the Jackrabbits were 4 of 4 from the field and 4 of 4 from the free throw line in the final three minutes of overtime.
“We played an almost perfect first half,” Otzelberger said. “We played really well in the final minutes of overtime. We had to have it in those two stretches to win.”
Ole Miss: The Rebels missed 13 consecutive 3-point shots before Crawford broke the streak with 2:25 left in the first half. Ole Miss was outrebounded 44-41, but Marcanvis Hymon had a game-high 11 rebounds. The Rebels held an 82-78 lead with 1:57 left in regulation, but were shut out after Davis fouled out.
The showcase players for each squad, Daum for South Dakota State and Davis for Ole Miss, turned in strong floor games to complement their scoring outputs.
Daum added seven rebounds and three steals while occasionally dribbling through full-court pressure. The 6-9 junior forward had 16 first-half points and handled the ball effectively on the perimeter.
Davis, a slashing 6-4 junior guard, finished with nine rebounds, four assists and a steal. Davis had 20 points to ignite a second-half comeback and showcased a pair of acrobatic baskets to finish fast-break opportunities.
South Dakota State: The Jackrabbits face Missouri State on Saturday at a neutral site game in Sioux Falls.
Ole Miss: The Rebels host Virginia Tech on Saturday.