Kyle scores 17, South Dakota State beats Valparaiso 61-50

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — William Kyle III had 17 points in South Dakota State’s 61-50 win against Valparaiso in the Hostilo Community Classic on Friday.

Kyle also contributed six rebounds for the Jackrabbits (3-3). Zeke Mayo finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds. Alex Arians scored 10.

Kobe King finished with 18 points for the Beacons (2-4). Ben Krikke added 12 points, nine rebounds and two steals. Maximus Nelson had eight points and six rebounds.

The Jacks entered halftime tied with Valparaiso 23-23. Kyle scored 13 after intermission.

SDSU shot 56% in the second half and finished 21 of 51 (41%) from the field. The Jacks were also 13 of 15 (86%) at the free throw line. The Beacons went 22-for-60 (36%) shooting on the day.

SDSU improved to 3-3 overall while Valpo dropped to 2-4.

The Jacks continues play at the Hostillo Community Classic Saturday when they take on James Madison at 11 a.m. CST in Enmarket Arena.