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Jacks welcome Trojans to Frost Arena

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 12/06/2012 22:34:20

South Dakota State returns home after a loss at Minnesota for a short two-game homestand, starting Thursday at 7 p.m. against the Dakota State Trojans from just down the road in Madison, followed by a Sunday afternoon contest against CSU Bakersfield at 2 p.m.

The Jackrabbits return home after a tough 88-64 loss at Minnesota on Tuesday, when the Jackrabbits played without the services of both Nate Wolters and Taévaunn Prince due to injury.  

The loss of Wolters for the game against the Golden Gophers obviously changed the game plan for the Jacks, but the loss of Prince also played a part, as the sophomore posted a double-double with 13 points and a still career-high 10 rebounds against the Gophers last year as a freshman.

South Dakota State hung with No. 14 ranked Minnesota for the first part of the Tuesday's game at Williams Arena, but the Golden Gophers broke an early 10-all tie with a 10-0 run and never looked back.

The Gophers added a second 10-0 run in the first half and took a 48-24 lead into the locker room after shooting 64.3 percent in the first half on 18-of-28 shooting, including a 7-for-13 effort from 3-point range. SDSU shot 33.3 percent in the half on 9-for-27 shooting, going 6-for-13 from long range.

Minnesota, which led by as many as 31 points in the second half, shot and even 50 percent in the second half on 15-of-30 shooting and made three of its nine three point attempts. The Jackrabbits improved to shoot 43.3 percent in the second half, making 13 of their 30 shots and posting a 5-for-14 mark from 3-point range (35.7 percent).

Jordan Dykstra led the way with 17 points, adding a team-high six rebounds for the Jacks, who lost the battle of the boards 38-26. Tony Fiegen and Chad White both added 10 points in the loss. Jake Bittle made his first-career start, scoring five points with seven assists in 28 minutes.

Andre Hollins led all players with 22 points, and went 6-for-7 from 3-point range. Austin Hollins added 17 and Joe Coleman 15 points, as 11 different Minnesota players scored at least one field goal.

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.

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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 Nov. 12 poll, 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 and then back to No. 12 in the most recent poll released on Dec. 3.

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. The Jacks home winning streak ranks third in the nation behind Syracuse with 26 and Kansas with 25. 

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.    

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

DAKOTA STATE TROJANS (7-1, 3-0 Away) - After opening the season with a 130-47 win against Oglala Lakota, the Trojans dropped their only game so far this season, a 78-70 loss to No. 7 Northwestern (Iowa). DSU responded with six straight wins, and gets a chance to avenge its only loss of the season on Saturday, when the Trojans travel to Orange City, Iowa for a rematch with the Red Raiders.   

THE SERIES vs. DAKOTA STATE - The Jackrabbits lead the all-time series 19-4. SDSU lost its first two known games to Dakota State, then known as Madison Normal, during the 1904 season and dropped two more games in the 1930s. The Jacks won the last meeting 93-60 on Dec. 12, 2011 at Frost Arena.         

THE LAST MEETING: vs. Dakota State, Dec. 12, 2011 - Six Jackrabbits scored in double figures and Brayden Carlson set career-highs with eight assists and five steals, as South Dakota State eclipsed the 90-point mark for the third straight game in a 93-60 win over Dakota State.

Chad White paced the Jacks, who led wire to wire, with 22 points. Taévaunn Prince added 15, Jordan Dykstra 12, Griffan Callahan 11 and Zach Horstman 10 points in the win, which boosts the Jackrabbits record to 9-3 on the season.

Dykstra also tied for game-high honors with seven rebounds with Marcus Heemstra, who tallied career-highs with eight points and seven boards, as SDSU out-rebounded the visiting Trojans 45-24, including an 18-9 edge on the offensive glass.

Luke Lamb led a trio of Trojans in double figures with 16 points. Cameron Crump added 11 and Jesse Bean 10 points, as DSU heads back to Madison with a 7-4 record.

In addition to scoring more than 90 points for the third game in a row, the Jackrabbits also shot over 50 percent from the field for the third straight game with a 53 percent effort on 34-of-64 shooting. SDSU found its rhythm at the free throw line as well, sinking its first 11 shots from the charity stripe, and finishing the night 16-for-20, 80 percent.

DSU shot 42 percent from the floor on 25-of-59 shooting, and attempted just seven free throws, making five of them.

NEXT UP FOR THE JACKRABBITS - The Jackrabbits close the short two-game home stand on Sunday against CSU Bakersfield at 2 p.m., and then hit the road for the next six games, before returning home on Jan. 10, 2013, for a game against Oakland.

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