It took overtime, but the South Dakota State Jackrabbits punched their first ticket to the NCAA tournament on Tuesday night, defeating the Western Illinois Leathernecks 52-50 in the Summit League championship game.
Senior Griffan Callahan hit a three-pointer with a little less than a minute and a half remaining in overtime to put the Jackrabbits up by two. With South Dakota State's crowd going nuts, the Leathernecks turned the ball over on a shot clock violation on the ensuing possession and failed to get a good shot off as time expired after forcing a turnover with nine seconds remaining.
Nate Wolters, a native of St. Cloud, Minnesota, struggled throughout the game, only making five of his 22 shot attempts, but he still finished with a team-high 14 points and grabbed six rebounds. Callahan added 10 points, none bigger than the three ball in overtime to send the Jackrabbits dancing.
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