Zeke Mayo's heroics sends SDSU men past St. Thomas on the road

Jan. 11—ST. PAUL, Minn. — Zeke Mayo's leaner from just outside the lane provided the game-winning basket with 6 seconds left to lift South Dakota State to a win against St. Thomas on Thursday night 81-80 on the road.

Mayo finished with 25 points in 37 minutes of play, allowing SDSU (9-8 overall) to move to 2-0 in Summit League play, standing as the final undefeated squad in the conference. St. Thomas, which won nine of its prior 10 games, dropped to 12-6 and 2-1 in the league.

Prior to Thursday, SDSU was 0-3 in games decided by three points or less this season. SDSU led 39-30 at halftime but the Tommies gained control in the latter stages of the second half, including leading by eight points with 3:38 remaining. Back-to-back 3-pointers from Mayo and Charlie Easley got SDSU to within two points with 1:20 left, after a UST free throw, Mayo hit a jumper to draw the Jacks to within 80-79 with 46 seconds left. St. Thomas's Raheem Anthony missed a pair of free throws with 16 seconds left, leaving the door open for Mayo's late heroics.

Mayo finished 7-for-12 from the field and was 8-for-9 on free throws, while grabbing nine rebounds. William Kyle III and Luke Appel each had 13 points, while Easley finished with seven points.

Anthony finished with 21 points for the Tommies, while Drake Dobbs had 18 points and Kendall Blue had 17 points for UST.

SDSU will play at Denver at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 13 in continuing conference play.