Jacks and Jags clash in quarterfinals
The Jackrabbits closed the regular season last week with a 74-57 win over Western Illinois on Thursday and a 75-64 win over IUPUI on Saturday. The wins gave the Jacks a perfect 14-0 record at home, a 24-7 record and sent SDSU to Sioux Falls this weekend with the No. 2 seed in The Summit League Championships with a 15-3 record in league play.
That seed earned SDSU the right to play No. 7 seed IUPUI just eight days after the Jacks downed the Jags at Frost Arena, setting a number of records in the process.
Nate Wolters set the South Dakota State junior scoring record with 635 points, Jordan Dykstra set an SDSU record by making 11 consecutive three-pointers over the last three games and the Jackrabbits capped their third perfect home season in last Saturday's game.
Already the sophomore record-holder for points with 604 points last season, Wolters 15 points in last week's win gave him 635 for the season, breaking the previous junior scoring record of 633, set by Chris White in 1990-91 in 32 games. Wolters set the mark in 30 games.
Dykstra set the other record on the night with a 4-for-4 start from three-point range. Add that to his 5-for-5 performance against Western Illinois on Feb. 23, and makes in his final two attempts against Buffalo on Feb. 18, and that gives him the record. Dykstra breaks a record held by Craig Jenkins, who made nine in a row over three games in 1986.
Add to that list, the Jacks third undefeated season at Frost Arena at 14-0. SDSU posted an 18-0 record at Frost Arena in 1984-85 and a perfect 17-0 mark in 2002-03.
As for the game, the Jacks fell into an early hole, and trailed by 13 points at 22-9 with nine minutes and 47 seconds left in the first half.
SDSU got back into the game with a 10-0 run to cut the deficit to three points at 22-19, and regained the lead for the first time since the opening minutes on a Wolters steal and dunk with 36 seconds left in the half.
The Jacks scored first in the second half to push the lead to four points, and steadily increased the lead throughout the half to a high of 13 points at 73-60 with four minutes left in the game on a Chad White layup that essentially sealed the win.
Dykstra finished with a game-high 20 points and added six rebounds. Wolters finished with six assists and five rebounds to go with his 15 points. White and Fiegen both added 11 points in the win.
Ian Chiles led a trio of Jaguars in double figures with 17 points. Alex Young added 16 points and Stephen Thomas 13 points in the loss.
RABBITS ON THE RADIO - Originated from the AM 570 WNAX studios in Yankton, S.D., SDSU men's basketball games can be heard on a total of five stations throughout South Dakota on the Jackrabbit Sports Network.
- 570 AM - WNAX - Yankton
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- 950 AM KWAT or 96.9 FM KDLO - Watertown
- 99.5 FM - KRKI - Rapid City
Pierre, S.D., native Tyler Merriam takes over the play-by-play duties in 2011-12, replacing six-time winner of the South Dakota Associated Press Sportscaster of the Year and 1998 National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association South Dakota Sportscaster of the Year, Steve Imming, who retired in 2011.
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THE JACKRABBIT INSIDER ON FOX - Fans of SDSU Athletics can get a weekly behind-the-scenes look at all 21 Jackrabbit varsity sports teams by tuning into "The Jackrabbit Insider."
Hosted by Tyler Merriam, the show airs on Sundays on KTTW FOX 17 at 10:30 p.m., and can also be seen on Fox Sports North at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays.
JACKS POST FIRST 20-WIN SEASON AT DIVISON I - The South Dakota State Men's Basketball team beat UMKC 75-62 on Feb. 11, for their 20th win of the season, and first at the Division I level. The program now boasts 20 seasons with at least 20 wins, nine of which came during the Scott Nagy era, with the last being a school-record 27 win season in 2003-04, the program's final season in Division II.
WOLTERS CLIMBS THE 1,000-POINT CLUB LADDER - Nate Wolters became the 42nd member of the SDSU 1,000-Point Club in a win over Sam Houston State on Nov. 22, and instantly began the climb up the all time list. Wolters enters tonight's game with 1,527 career points, good for fifth all-time at SDSU, and just eight points shy of passing Steve Brown (1,534 points from 1974-78) for fourth on the all-time list.
WOLTERS SETS SDSU JUNIOR SCORING RECORD - Already the SDSU sophomore scoring record holder, Nate Wolters added the junior scoring record to his list of accomplishments in the Jacks 75-64 win over IUPUI on Feb. 25. Wolters scored 635 points in 30 games, two games fewer than it took Chris White to score 633 points in 1990-91.
WOLTERS CHASES ALL-TIME SCORING RECORD - Nate Wolters scored 907 points in his first two years as a Jackrabbit, including the SDSU sophomore record with 604 points. His SDSU junior record of 635 points this season gives him 1,542 career points, leaving him 390 points shy of the record of 1,931, set by Mark Tetzlaff from 1981-85.
MORE THAN JUST A SCORER - In addition to his scoring prowess, Nate Wolters continues his climb up the all-time assists charts at SDSU. His 188 assists as a sophomore last year represents the third best single-season total in SDSU history, his 182 this season ranks sixth best for a single season, and his 456 career assists ranks third all-time at SDSU, putting him well on pace to break the all-time mark of 605 assists, set by Brian Norberg from 1995-99.
PERFECT AT HOME - The Jackrabbits closed their third perfect season at home with a 75-64 win over IUPUI on Feb. 25, for a perfect 14-0 mark at Frost Arena. The win also makes it 17 in a row for the Jacks at home. SDSU went a perfect 18-0 at home in 1984-85, and 17-0 in the 2002-03 season.
NOT JUST NATE - Nate Wolters leads the Jacks with 21.2 points per game and reached double figures in all 30 games he played in this season, but he gets plenty of help. In addition to Wolters' 30 games in double figures, the Jackrabbits combined for 78 double-figure performances this season in 31 games. At least four Jackrabbits scored 10 points in the same game 14 times this season, with five players reaching double figures five times and six players once.
DYKSTRA SETS SDSU THREE-POINT RECORD - Jordan Dykstra made his final two three-point attempts vs. Buffalo on Feb. 18, went 5-for-5 from beyond the arc against Western Illinois on Feb. 23, and made his first four three-point attempts vs. IUPUI in Feb. 25. That equals 11 consecutive three-pointers over a span of three games and a new SDSU record, breaking the old mark of nine in a row, set by Craig Jenkins over three games in 1986.
CALLAHAN FOR THREE - SDSU's lone senior Griffan Callahan entered the season with 88 career three-pointers and a season-high of 55, set last year as a junior. Callahan enters the tournament with 70 threes this season for a career total of 158, good for fifth all-time at SDSU. In addition to the career total, Callahan hit a career-high seven three-pointers at Nebraska on Nov. 26, which ties him for third all-time at SDSU in a single game, something his older brother Garrett did twice.
JACKS BACK IN MID-MAJOR TOP-25 - After cracking the collegeinsider.com Mid Major Top-25 for the first time this season at No. 25 on Dec. 19., the Jacks moved up to No. 23 in the poll released on Dec. 26, and moved up to No. 21 in the Jan. 2 poll, but fell out of the poll to receiving votes in the next four polls. The Jacks climbed back into the poll on Feb. 6, at No. 22, only to fall out of the poll completely in the poll released on Feb. 13.
Dominating wins over North Dakota State and Buffalo got the Jacks back in the poll on Feb. 20, at No. 23, while wins over Western Illinois and IUPUI to end the regular season pushed the Jackrabbits to No. 21 in the poll released on Feb. 27.
IN THE MERRY OLD LAND OF OZ - The Jackrabbits beat major conference foes Iowa State in 2008 and Iowa in 2010, but neither the Big 12 Cyclones nor the Big Ten Hawkeyes entered those games with a 32 game non-conference winning streak at home or entered those seasons after making three-straight NCAA Tournament Appearances. The Pac 12's Washington Huskies brought both of those credential into their game with the Jackrabbits on Dec. 18, and while they still may make their four straight NCAA Tournament, the Jacks snapped the Huskies 32 game non-conference home winning streak with a convincing 92-73 win at Alaska Airlines Arena in Seattle, Wash.
Nate Wolters led the Jackrabbits with a season-high 34 points, adding five rebounds, seven assists and no turnovers. Four other Jackrabbits also scored in double figures, led by Griffan Callahan with 16 points. Chad White finished with 12 points, all of which came from beyond the three-point line, Jordan Dykstra added 11 and Tony Fiegen 10 points in the win.
A FIRST AT FROST - When ESPNU aired the Jackrabbits 86-65 win over Buffalo in the SEARS BracketBusters on Feb. 18, it marked the first-ever nationally televised game from Frost Arena.
NAGY NOTCHES 300th CAREER WIN - Already the most prolific coach in SDSU history, head coach Scott Nagy entered the 2011-12 season with 289 wins, just 11 shy of reaching the 300-win milestone, which he reached in the Jackrabbits 94-58 win over IPFW on Dec. 28. Nagy enters tonight's game with a 313-197 career record and a .614 winning percentage.
NAGY TEAMS WITH SAMARITANS FEET - Head coach Scott Nagy teamed up with Samaritan's Feet in each of the last three seasons to raise money and shoes for children around the world, including Haiti, and the cause really hits home for Nagy and his family, especially after a major earthquake shook the country on Jan. 12, 2010.
"My wife Jamie and I adopted our daughter Naika from Haiti, so we've seen first-hand the need for shoes there," Nagy said.
Nagy raised over $6,000 for the relief efforts in Haiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake, and then took it to another level last season, when the entire Jackrabbit coaching staff coached in their bare feet against IPFW on Jan. 22, to raise money for shoes and shelters in Zimbabwe.
Nagy made it four years in a row this season when he coached barefoot in an 85-58 win over UMKC in Frost Arena on Jan. 14, and added a game on Feb. 18, when he coached in his bare feet in the Jacks nationally televised 86-65 win over Buffalo in the SEARS BracketBusters.Jackrabbit fans can play their part again in 2012 by logging onto FirstGiving.com/fundraiser/coachnagy/barefoot and making a donation.
NEXT UP FOR THE JACKRABBITS - An SDSU win would pit the Jackrabbits against the winner of the Oakland vs. Southern Utah in The Summit League semifinals on Monday at 8:30 p.m. The No. 3 seed Golden Grizzlies and No. 6 seed Thunderbirds meet on Sunday at 8:30 p.m.