BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) Deondre Parks scored 23 points, including two free throws for 34 in a row, and South Dakota State beat UC Santa Barbara 86-68 on Sunday for its 21st consecutive home victory.
UC Santa Barbara was within 57-49 early in the second half before South Dakota State went on an 18-6 spurt, capped by Parks’ jumper for 75-55 lead. It’s the Jackrabbits’ ninth game this season with a 20-plus point advantage.
Mike Daum added 15 points for South Dakota State (9-1). Jake Bittle had 14 and Keaton Moffitt scored a career-high 11.
South Dakota State was 16-of-24 shooting (66.7 percent) in the first half, including 7 of 12 3-pointers, and build a 51-42 advantage by halftime. UC Santa Barbara made 57 percent of its shots in the half.
Michael Bryson paced UC Santa Barbara (2-5) with 21 points and John Green added 15. The Gauchos finished at 45 percent shooting.