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Three game home stand starts with SMSU

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 11/21/2012 12:10:58

South Dakota State opened the season with five games in the first 10 days of the season, but the pace slows of games slows down with two games in an eight day span, starting Wednesday, when the Jackrabbits return home to host Southwest Minnesota State at 7 p.m.

The Jacks get the next seven days off before returning to action next Wednesday against North Dakota in the second game of a doubleheader at 8:30 p.m.

The Jackrabbits opened the home schedule with a 78-71 win over Tennessee State last Tuesday, then hit the road for three games at the 2K Sports Classic benefitting Wounded Warrior Project in the Hempstead, N.Y. subregional.

The Jacks opened the event against the host Hofstra Pride, who broke a 63-all tie with a three-pointer with three seconds left to secure a win over the Jacks, despite 25 points and a career-high 10 rebounds from Nate Wolters.

SDSU got a bit of payback on Saturday against Marshall, when Chad White hit a three-pointer with two seconds left to give the Jackrabbits a 78-77 win over the Thundering Herd. Brayden Carlson scored a career-high 23 points in the win, Wolters posted his second straight double-double with 22 points and 10 assists, while White finished with 10 points.

The event came to a close on Sunday, when the Jacks rolled to a 96-48 win over the University of the District of Columbia. All 10 Jackrabbits scored at least one point in the win, and seven of the 10 scored in double figures, led by Taévaunn Prince and his 13. Five Jackrabbits scored exactly 12 points, including Marcus Heemstra and Zach Horstman, who reached a career-high with that total. Tony Fiegen rounded out the seven with 10 points in the win.

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
- 910 AM - KJJQ "The Ranch" - Brookings
- 1060 AM - KGFX - Pierre
- 1480 AM KSDR - Watertown
- 1490 AM - KORN - Mitchell

Pierre, S.D., native Tyler Merriam returns for his second season as the voice of Jackrabbit men's basketball, and also serves as the voice of Jackrabbit football.

THE JACKRABBIT EXTRA ON GoJacks.com - Subscribers to the Jackrabbit Extra on GoJacks.com watch every Jackrabbit home game and select road games streaming live on the internet. In addition, subscribers can listen to every game, home and on the road, streaming live on the internet. 

To learn more about the Jackrabbit Extra, or to subscribe, log onto GoJacks.com and click on "SIGN UP NOW"

THE JACKRABBIT INSIDER ON FOX - Fans of South Dakota State 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.

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 enters tonight's game with 1,739 career points, good for fourth all-time at SDSU, just 77 points shy of passing assistant coach Austin Hansen for third on the all-time list and 84 points shy of passing Lee Colburn for second 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, 2012. Wolters finished his junior season with 721 points, breaking the previous record by 88 points.

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 721 points gave him 1,628 career points, leaving him 304 points shy of breaking the SDSU of 1,931. His 111 points so far this season leaves him 193 points shy of the record.

WOLTERS NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK, AGAIN - For the second week in a row, The Summit League named South Dakota State point guard Nate Wolters its player of the week.

Wolters collects his 10th career award, giving him the second-highest total on record, after averaging 20.2 points, 7.0 assists and 6.2 rebounds per game during the week. He recorded a pair of double-doubles at the 2K Sports Classic benefitting Wounded Warrior Project.

Wolters started the week with a 22-point, nine assist night in a home-opening win over Tennessee State on Tuesday. He then opened the 2K Sports Classic with 25 points and a career-high 10 rebounds against Hofstra on Friday. The following day against Marshall, he scored 22 points and dished out 10 assists. Wolters also averaged two steals per game during the week and compiled a 3.5 assist/turnover ratio.

In addition to earning the weekly honor from the league, Wolters earned player of the week honors from CollegeSportsMadness.com.

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 represents the third best single-season total in SDSU history, and his 202 as a junior marks the second-highest single-season total at SDSU. Adding to that, his 507 career assists ranks second all-time at SDSU, 99 shy of breaking the all-time mark of 605 assists.

THE JACKRABBITS IN THE MID-MAJOR TOP-25 - The Jackrabbits opened the season ranked No. 12 in the collegeinsider.com Mid-Major Top-25 poll, held strong at No. 12 in the poll released on Nov. 12, but fell two spots to No. 14 in the most recent poll released Nov. 14.

WOLTERS ON MULTIPLE AWARDS WATCH LISTS - The only player in Division I men's basketball to average at least 20 points, five rebounds and five assists per game in 2011-12 put senior Nate Wolters on the national map, which led him earning place on multiple preseason awards lists.

- Candidate for Senior CLASS Award - SeniorClassAward.com

- Named on the Wooden Award Preseason Top-50 List - WoodenAward.com

- Lute Olson preseason All-America selection - LuteOlsonAward.com

DYKSTRA CLOSING IN ON 1,OOO-POINT MILESTONE - Junior Jordan Dykstra scored 351 points as a freshman and 362 points as a sophomore, which gave him 713 for his to start the season. His 56 points this season gives him 769 for his career, 231 shy of becoming the 43rd member of the SDSU 1,000-Point Club. 

PERFECT AT HOME - SDSU capped its third-ever perfect season at home with a 75-64 win over IUPUI on Feb. 25, 2012 for a perfect 14-0 mark at Frost Arena. The win also made it 17 in a row for the Jacks at home. Add to that the win in the home opener on Nov. 13, and the Jacks can claim victory in 18 straight games at home.

South Dakota State went a perfect 18-0 at home in 1984-85, and 17-0 in the 2002-03.

NOT JUST NATE - Nate Wolters led the Jacks with 21.2 points per game last year and reached double figures in all 34 games he played, but he got plenty of help. In addition to Wolters' 34 games in double figures, the Jackrabbits combined for 84 double-figure performances in 35 games. 

At least four Jackrabbits scored 10 points in the same game 15 times last season, with four players reaching double figures nine times, five players reaching double figures five times and six players once.

SEVEN IN DOUBLE FIGURES - All 10 Jackrabbits scored at least one point in the Jacks 96-48 win over UDC, seven of which reached double figures. Taévaunn Prince led the way with 13 points, Jordan Dykstra, Nate Wolters, Zach Horstman, Chad White and Marcus Heemstra all scored 12 and Tony Fiegen 10 points in the win.

DYKSTRA SETS SDSU THREE-POINT RECORD - Jordan Dykstra made his final two three-point attempts vs. Buffalo on Feb. 18, 2012, went 5-for-5 from beyond the arc against Western Illinois on Feb. 23, 2012, and made his first four three-point attempts vs. IUPUI in Feb. 25, 2012. That marks 11 consecutive three-pointers over a span of three games and a new SDSU record, breaking the old mark of nine in a row.

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, 2012. Nagy finished the 2011-12 season with a 316-198 career record and a .615 winning percentage. 

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.

JACKS TIE SCHOOL RECORD FOR WINS - Scott Nagy led the Jackrabbits to a school record 27-win season in 2003-04, the program's final season in Division II, and equaled that mark in 2011-12 with a 27-8 record.

THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT

SMSU Mustangs (2-2, 0-0 Away) - Picked to finish second in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference preseason coaches poll, and with four first place votes, the Mustangs come to Brookings with an even 2-2 record, including a 2-1 mark at the Disney Tip-Off Classic in Anaheim, Calif. The Mustangs opened the event with a 64-57 loss to Cal State, Dominguez Hills, but bounced back with a 77-58 win over North Carolina Pembroke and a 69-58 win over Grand Canyon in the finale.

The Mustangs opened their home schedule last Thursday with a 75-67 loss to Michigan Tech in Marshall, Minn.

The Series vs. Southwest Minnesota State - The Jackrabbits lead the all-time series 15-1, with wins in the first 11 and the last four meetings. SDSU won the last meeting 92-69 on Dec. 6, 2011. The lone SMSU win came on Feb. 7, 2005 by a 93-55 score.

The Last Meeting: vs. SMSU; Dec. 6, 2011 - South Dakota State went on an 11-0 run to end the first half of the last meeting with Southwest Minnesota State, and then turned it into a 22-2 run to start the second half, en route to a convincing 92-69 win.

Playing in their first game at Frost Arena since the home opener on Nov. 12, the Jackrabbits improved to 7-3 on the season. The Mustangs, playing their sixth straight road game of the season, fall to 2-4.

Taévaunn Prince led the Jackrabbits with a career-high 16 points in the win, Nate Wolters added 14 points playing a season-low 28 minutes. Wolters also added five assists and a pair of steals. Tony Fiegen scored 11 points, while Zach Monaghan added a career-high 10 points.

Jordan Miller led four Mustangs in double figures with a game-high 18 points before fouling out of the game late in the second half. Vinard Birth scored 15, Lavione West 13 and Matt Zager 10 points in the loss.

The Mustangs hung with the Jacks for much of the first half, forcing nine ties and eight lead changes, but the Jackrabbits held SMSU without a field goal from the 3:49 mark of the first half until the 16:33 mark of the second half. SMSU scored four points in that span, compared to 24 for the Jackrabbits. 

NEXT UP FOR THE JACKRABBITS - SDSU gets a full week off before returning home to host North Dakota next Wednesday at 8:30 p.m., in the second game of a doubleheader. The Jackrabbit women open the night against Marquette at 6 p.m.  

The Jacks then open Summit League play on Saturday, Dec. 1, when they welcome Summit League newcomer Omaha to Frost Arena in the Mavericks' first-ever league basketball game at 6:30 p.m.

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