South Dakota State junior Garrett Callahan sank a free throw with 22 seconds left against Southern Utah on Thursday that not only gave him 1,000 points for his career, but helped cement the Jackrabbits 74-69 win over the visiting Thunderbirds in Frost Arena.
Callahan becomes the 40th member of the SDSU 1,000-Point Club, the second, along with Kai Williams, to score all of his points at the Division I level and the second to reach the milestone in consecutive home games. Williams reached the mark in the Jacks 74-68 overtime win over Oakland on Jan. 31.
The Jackrabbits improve to 11-15 with the win, the most wins since moving up to the DI ranks in 2004-05 and doubles their Summit League win total from last season with a 6-8 league mark, good for sole possession of sixth in the league standings.
Southern Utah falls to 8-16 overall with the loss, 6-7 in Summit League play.
Callahan, who went a perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line, led the Jackrabbits with 24 points, despite playing just 24 minutes because of foul trouble. Anthony Cordova went 6-of-9 from the floor and a perfect 4-for-4 from the charity stripe to get his 16 points. Williams finished with ten points and shared team-high honors, along with Dale Moss, with eight rebounds.
Davis Baker all players with 26 points in the loss, Jaren Jeffery added 12 points and eight rebounds and Tyler Quinney ten points.
The Jacks came out cold and SUU jumped out to the early 5-0 lead before SDSU came back force a pair of ties and eventually take its first lead of the game at 13-11 with 12:08 left in the first half.
That lead turned it a five-point Jackrabbit advantage before the Thunderbirds came back to regain the lead to 19-18 with 7:27 left in the half. They would get the lead up to five points again, but the Jacks came back to tie the game at 29-all at halftime.
The T-Birds came out hot again in the second half and made their first nine shots from the floor, which led to a 58-50 lead with just over nine minutes to play.
The lead would get no larger though, as the Jacks scored the next six points to cut the lead to one before eventually taking a 62-61 lead when Moss put back a Callahan miss.
The lead would change hands two more times, with the last one coming on a Callahan layup with 2:48 to play that put SDSU up for good at 64-63.
Callahan made all eight of his free throws down the stretch to seal the Jackrabbit win.
The Jackrabbits recovered from a 40 percent effort shooting from the field in the first half on 10-of-25 shooting to shoot 56 percent on 14-of-25 shooting in the second half.
Southern Utah shot 47 percent in the first half on 9-of-19 shooting and shot 51.5 percent on 17-of-33 shooting in the second half for an even 50 percent night.
The Jackrabbits return to action and close out the home schedule on Saturday to host UMKC on Senior Nigh.
The Kangaroos, who dropped an 87-49 contest at North Dakota State on Thursday beat the Jackrabbits 69-67 on Jan. 15, in Kansas City.