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Homestand continues against North Dakota

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 11/27/2012 17:43:27

South Dakota State plays its second of three straight home games on Wednesday when the Jackrabbits host former North Central Conference foe North Dakota at Frost Arena in the second game of a doubleheader at 8:30 p.m., after the Jackrabbit women get the night started at 6 p.m., against Marquette. Both games can be seen live on Midco Sports Net with Tom Nieman and Brad Newitt on the call.

The Jackrabbits return to action after downing Southwest Minnesota State 81-72 last Wednesday at Frost Arena for their 19th consecutive home win.

Nate Wolters posted his third double-double in the last four games with 21 points and 10 rebounds, which ties a career-high, and Chad White scored 19 points and tied a career-high with five three-pointers in the win.

The Mustangs fell behind 12-6 early, but never went away, and came back to take a 31-30 lead with just under five minuets to play in the first half.

SDSU quickly regained the lead, but only led by two points, when Wolters hit a three-pointer at the first half buzzer to give the Jacks a 38-33 lead at halftime.

SMSU tied the game at 40-all early in the second half, but the Jackrabbits responded with a 28-6 run that ended with the Jacks leading 68-46 with 8:33 left to play.

The visitors would cut the lead to as few as eight points, but did so with just 27 seconds left, and would get no closer. 

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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.

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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 1,760 career points, good for fourth all-time at SDSU, just 56 points shy of passing assistant coach Austin Hansen for third on the all-time list and 63 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 132 points so far this season leaves him 172 points shy of the record.

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 514 career assists ranks second all-time at SDSU, 92 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

WOLTERS DOUBLES-DOWN - After posting a total of five double-doubles in his first three years as a Jackrabbit, Wolters enters tonight's game with eight in his career after posting double-doubles in three of the last four games.

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 a pair of wins this season, and the Jacks can claim victory in 19 straight games at home. South Dakota State went a perfect 18-0 at home in 1984-85, and 17-0 in the 2002-03.

The Jacks won a school record 27 consecutive home games from 2002-04, starting with a 98-78 win over Colorado Mines on Nov. 29, 2002 and ending with a 107-107 overtime loss to Nebraska-Omaha on Jan. 10, 2004.    

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.

DENVER JOINS THE SUMMIT - The University of Denver accepted an invitation to become The Summit League's newest member institution, the university and league announced on Nov. 27. Denver joins The Summit League during the 2013-14 academic year, with its membership taking effect on July 1, 2013. 

THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT

NORTH DAKOTA (1-3, 0-3 Away) - The two-time defending Great West Conference champions, North Dakota begins play in the Big Sky Conference in 2012-13. Picked to finish fourth in the preseason coaches poll and sixth in the preseason media poll, tonight's game marks the fourth road game of the season for UND, which dropped their opener Kansas State by an 85-52 score, and then opened its home schedule with an 87-51 win over Crown College. A pair of road losses followed, including a 72-47 loss at Northern Iowa and a 71-66 loss at Hawaii.

North Dakota returns home a week from tonight to host Kansas City, but does not play back-to-back home games until Dec. 21 and Dec. 28, when it hosts Northern Colorado in its first-ever Big Sky Conference game and Bowling Green in Grand Forks. 

THE SERIES vs. NORTH DAKOTA - North Dakota leads the all-time series 104-79 after the teams split a home and home last season. SDSU won the first meeting, 92-54, at Frost Arena on Dec. 10, 2011, but dropped the game Grand Forks five days later by an 89-70 score.

The Jacks hold a 17-6 advantage in the series under head coach Scott Nagy.

THE LAST MEETING: at North Dakota, Dec. 15, 2011 - South Dakota State used an opening 15-0 run to cruise to a 92-54 win over North Dakota on Dec. 10 at Frost Arena. Five days later, North Dakota opened the game with a 6-for-6 effort from the floor to take an early lead that it would not relinquish in an 89-70 win over the Jackrabbits.

The Jackrabbits missed their first seven shots from long range and trailed by as many as 18 points in the half, but made their final five three-point attempts of the half and went to the locker room at halftime on an 11-2 run and trailing 45-36.

North Dakota shot an even 64 percent from the field on the first half on 16-of-25 shooting, while the Jacks shot just 43 percent on 13-of-30 shooting.

Two quick SDSU turnovers to start the second half resulted in four North Dakota points, as UND started the second half on a 7-0 run to go back up by 16 points at 52-36, and never let the Jacks get any closer than 11 points the rest of the way.

North Dakota's shooting did cool off a bit in the second half, but it still shot 55 percent in the half on 18-of-33 shooting. The Jackrabbits remained cold from the floor, shooting 42 percent in the second half on 10-of-24 shooting.

Nate Wolters led the Jackrabbits with 24 points in the loss, adding six rebounds and five assists. Chad White scored 16 points and Tony Fiegen 10 points in the loss.

Patrick Mitchell led five North Dakota players in double figures with 22 points, including a 6-for-9 night from three-point range. Jamal Webb scored 17 points, while Aaron Anderson, Troy Huff and Jordan Allard all finished with 12 points.  

NEXT UP FOR THE JACKRABBITS - SDSU opens Summit League play on Saturday, when the Jacks welcome Summit League newcomer Omaha to Frost Arena in the Mavericks' first-ever Summit League basketball game at 6:30 p.m.

The SDSU women open the doubleheader against the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders at 4 p.m.

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