GEORGE TOWN, GRAND CAYMAN, CAYMAN ISLANDS -- Junior forward Mike Daum exploded for a season-high 34 points as South Dakota State trimmed Buffalo, 94-80, in the fifth-place game of the Cayman Islands Classic Wednesday.
Daum, the nation's top returning scorer from a year ago when he averaged 25.1 points, scored 16 points in the first half to stake South Dakota State to a 46-24 lead.
The Jackrabbits, who improved to 5-2, never looked back, shooting a torrid 64.7 percent in the second half, making 11 of 17 shots.
Daum had been held in check during the first two games of the tournament scoring a season-low 10 points in an opening round loss to Wyoming as well as a second-round game against Iowa.
The 6-foot 7-inch forward rebounded against Buffalo making 11 of 27 shots, including two three-point baskets and 10 free throws, to enjoy his 14th career 30-point game.
South Dakota State freshman guard David Jenkins Jr. tallied 17 points to go with a team-high seven boards, while junior guard Tevin King had 10 points, six rebounds and two assists. Junior guard Brandon Key dished out six assists.
Forward Nick Perkins had a team-high 17 points for Buffalo which had five players reach double-figure scoring.
Buffalo (3-2) forced South Dakota State into 12 second-half turnovers allowing the Bulls to crawl back within 64-59 at 7:19. South Dakota State regained momentum by scoring on 16 of its final 18 possessions to close out the win.