South Dakota State’s Chad White hit a desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer Wednesday night to lead the Jacks to a 71-70 win over North Dakota in Brookings at Frost Arena.
Gut-wrenching loss for UND, who had a chance to ice the win with 12 seconds left when Jamal Webb forced a turnover and was fouled. He missed the front end of a one-and-one to set up White’s tough shot with Lenny Antwi in his face.
Tough loss at the back end of a tough stretch. UND has now lost to Kansas State, Northern Iowa, Hawaii and defending Summit League champ SDSU.
Obviously, though, there are positives to take away from this one even though some old issues popped up again (road woes and foul shooting). Some of those thoughts:
- Doug Archer and Jordan Allard gave UND great minutes in the post as North Dakota played without Alonzo Traylor, who has proven to be a nice fit down low. Traylor missed the game after getting injured in practice this week. The most surprising part of the performances from Archer and Allard was their ability to knock down 3-pointers. Archer was 2-for-3 and Allard was 1-for-2. If Archer and Allard can contribute as pick-and-pop big men, that would be a huge asset to UND. It’s a role Patrick Mitchell provided as a senior last season, and I didn’t think UND would be able to replace that style of player. Allard is only a career 20 percent 3-point shooter at UND, but I’ve always felt his shot is good enough to do better than that if he found some confidence (he was a 37 percent 3-point shooter in high school).
- The play of Josh Schuler in Troy Huff’s absence will be big. Schuler played very well against the Jacks, finishing with a team-high 13 points. The key with Schuler is being aggressive and more selfish. Schuler’s two biggest career games have been against Air Force and Hawaii. There’s no reason he shouldn’t hit double figures consistently against like competition.
- Lenny Antwi is playing with much more confidence than a year ago. I was in Brookings last season when he was so overwhelmed in the environment. He’s shooting a great percentage from 3 right now (45.5 percent). He hit 25.9 percent of his treys last season.