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Jackrabbits and Golden Gophers meet in Minneapolis

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 12/03/2012 11:33:10

South Dakota State extended its home winning streak and opened Summit League play on Saturday with a win over Omaha, but before the Jackrabbits can try to extend the streak, they travel to Minneapolis to take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Tuesday at Williams Arena at 7 p.m.

South Dakota State opened The Summit League season on Saturday against league newcomer Omaha with a well-balanced 78-63 win in front of 3,021 fans at Frost Arena, which saw four Jackrabbits score at least 13 points.

The Jackrabbits dominated the first half, leading by as many as 30 points before taking a 56-28 lead into the locker room.

Omaha came out hot in the second half, and cut the lead to as few as 13 points, but the Jacks didn't let them get any closer.

"I though we played a great first half, we caused a lot of turnovers and didn't give them easy shot, and because we were active defensively, we were good offensively," head coach Scott Nagy said. "Then it was followed by a half that just wasn't very good. Our players didn't feel good about that walking off the floor because of the second half and the way we played."

The Jackrabbits 21st consecutive home win gives them a 6-2 overall record on the season and a 1-0 mark in league play. The visiting Mavericks fall to 2-7 overall and to 0-2 in the league.

The Jackrabbits shot 56 percent in the first half on 23-of-41 shooting, but went cold in the second half, shooting just 34.6 percent on 9-of-26 shooting, including a 2-for-11 effort from long range.

Omaha shot 48 percent in both halves, going 13-for-27 in the first half and 12-for-25 in the second half.

Jordan Dykstra led all players with 17 points, including a 3-for-4 night from 3-point range. Tony Fiegen tied a career-high with 16 points on 8-of-9 shooting and added a game-high nine rebounds, while Nate Wolters and Brayden Carlson both contributed 13 points in the win. Wolters added five assists and grabbed four rebounds, while Carlson finished with five rebounds.

John Karhoff led the Mavericks with 16 points, with Justin Simmons and CJ Carter both adding 10 points in a losing cause.

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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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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MINNESOTA GAME ON ESPN3 - Jackrabbit fans can watch the SDSU game at Minnesota live on ESPN3. Simply log on to ESPN3.com, or click on the direct link to the game.

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 Tuesday's game with 1,794 career points, good for fourth all-time at SDSU, just 22 points shy of passing assistant coach Austin Hansen for third on the all-time list and 29 points shy of passing Lee Colburn for second on the all-time list.

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 166 points so far this season leaves him 138 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 525 career assists ranks second all-time at SDSU, 81 shy of breaking the all-time mark of 605 assists. 

AT THE BUZZER - The Jackrabbits lost the 2012-13 season opener at Alabama on a 3-point buzzer beater and lost at Hofstra on Nov. 16 on a 3-pointer with three seconds left.

The Jacks turned the tables on Nov. 17 vs. Marshall, as Chad White hit a 3-pointer with two seconds left to lift SDSU to a win. White did it again on Wednesday, hitting an off-balance 3-pointer as the horn sounded to give the Jacks a 71-70 win over North Dakota.

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 poll released Nov. 14. SDSU climbed one spot to No. 13 in the poll released on Nov. 26.

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

ELITE COMPANY - Wolters finished the 2011-12 campaign averaging 21.2 points, 5.9 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game to join an exclusive group. He became just the fifth player in NCAA history to average 20 points, five rebounds and five assists in a season. Wolters finished just one assist shy of reaching an even more select group with a 20-points, six-assist and five-rebound average, a feat achieved by only two players in NCAA history.

WOLTERS DOUBLES-DOWN - After posting a total of five double-doubles in his first three years as a Jackrabbit, Wolters enters the week with eight in his career after posting double-doubles in three of the last six 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 102 points this season gives him 815 for his career, 185 shy of becoming the 43rd member of the SDSU 1,000-Point Club. 

PERFECT AT HOME - The Jackrabbits entered the season with 17 straight home wins, and pushed that total to 21 with the win over Omaha on Saturday. 

SDSU won a team-record 27 straight home games from 2002-04, starting with a 98-78 win over Colorado Mines on Nov. 29, 2002, and ending with a 107-104 overtime loss to Omaha on Jan. 10, 2004.    

The Jacks home winning streak trails only Kansas and Syracuse, which enter the week with 25 straight wins on its home floors. 

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.

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.

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.

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

MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHERS (8-1, 5-0 Home) -Minnesota opened the 2012-13 season with four straight wins, all of them at home, before dropping its first game of the season against Duke at the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas.

The Golden Gophers responded with wins over Memphis and Stanford in the Bahamas, and then added a win at Florida State in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge and a home win over North Florida on Saturday in Minneapolis. 

THE SERIES vs. MINNESOTA - The Golden Gophers lead the all-time series 15-0, all of them in Minneapolis. The series began with a 59-21 Minnesota win on Dec 6, 1930, and includes Gopher wins in each of the last seven seasons, the last being a 71-55 win on Nov. 14, 2011 at Williams Arena. 

THE LAST MEETING: at Minnesota, Nov. 14, 2011 - South Dakota State kept Minnesota on the ropes Monday night in Minneapolis, but turnovers and a second half Golden Gopher run cost the Jackrabbits in a 71-55 loss in front of 10,460 fans at Williams Arena.

Nate Wolters led the Jackrabbits with 20 points, adding six assists and five rebounds. Taévaunn Prince posted the first double-double of his career in the loss with a season and career-high 13 points and a season, career and team-high 10 rebounds. Chad White pitched in with 11 points to round out the Jackrabbits double figure scorers.

Trevor Mbakwe led two Golden Gophers in double figures with 17 points and added 10 rebounds to complete the double-double. Ralph Sampson III added 10 points in the win, as Minnesota spread the scoring between 10 different players. 

The first half seven of the game's nine lead changes and a pair of ties, the final tie coming after a Jordan Dykstra three-pointer with 1:42 left in the half that tied the game at 28. The Gophers scored four quick points off of two Jackrabbit turnovers to go up 32-28 with 14 seconds left in the half. The Jacks pushed the ball down the floor and drew a foul with less than a second left, and Prince made both shots to send the Jacks to the locker room down 32-30.

The Jacks scored the first five points of the second half, and capitalized on the Gophers first turnover of the half to take a 35-32 lead. The Jacks went up by five at 44-39, with 14:36 left to play when Minnesota responded with an 18-1 run that put them up 57-45.

Wolters ended the run with a layup at the 8:16 mark, but the Jackrabbits could not recover.

SDSU forced 15 turnovers in the game and turned them into 10 points. Minnesota capitalized on 18 SDSU turnovers, turning them into 17 points. The Jackrabbits did win the rebounding battle 37-33, but got outrebounded 20-14 in the second half.

NEXT UP FOR THE JACKRABBITS - SDSU looks to extend its 21-game home winning streak with games against Dakota State on Thursday at 7 p.m., and against CSU Bakersfield on Sunday at 2 p.m.

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