South Dakota State closed out the home portion of its non-conference schedule and played its final game of the calendar year on Sunday, and now hits the road the next six games, starting on Saturday against the Montana Grizzlies in Missoula, Mont., at 7 p.m. MT, the first of three straight games against teams that made the NCAA Tournament last year.
As a blizzard raged outside Frost Arena on Sunday, Nate Wolters returned to the South Dakota State lineup after missing two games due to injury to score 18 points, with seven rebounds and six assists in a 69-63 win over CSU Bakersfield, the Jackrabbits 23rd consecutive win at home.
The Jackrabbits, who improved to 8-3 on the season, shot 52 percent in the first half on 14-of-27 shooting, but allowed the Roadrunners, who falls to 3-6 with the loss, to shoot 58 percent on 18-of 31 shooting.
The back-and-forth game saw a total of eight ties and 15 lead changes, with three ties and eight of those lead changes in the first half before the Roadrunners took a 39-38 lead into the locker room at halftime, after a Tony Fiegen layup beat the first half buzzer.
The close play continued into the second half until a pair of Jordan Dykstra free throws with 9 minutes, 7 seconds remaining tied the game and a Dykstra layup with 8:31 left gave the Jacks a lead they would not relinquish.
CSUB would tie the game one more time at 63-all with 2:39 left to play, but a pair of Brayden Carlson free throws with 1:24 on the clock gave the Jacks the lead for good, and SDSU did not allow the visitors to score again.
Along with Wolters and his 18 points, the Jacks got 16 points and eight rebounds from Fiegen, 12 points from Carlson and 11 from Dykstra.
NEXT UP FOR THE JACKRABBITS - SDSU heads to Nashville, Tenn., to take on Belmont on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m.
TRACKING THE JACKRABBITS
RABBITS ON THE RADIO - Originated from the AM 570 WNAX studios in Yankton, S.D., every SDSU men's basketball games can be heard live 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 - Subscribers to the Jackrabbit Extra on GoJacks.com watch every SDSU 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 subscribe to the Jackrabbit Extra, 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.
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.
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.
- Nate Wolters (South Dakota State), 2011-12 - 21.2 ppg, 5.9 apg, 5.1 rpg
- Norris Cole (Cleveland State), 2010-11 - 21.7 ppg, 5.3, apg, 5.8 rpg
- Evan Turner (Ohio State), 2009-10 - 20.4 ppg, 6.0 apg, 9.2 rpg
- Ricky Minard (Morehead State), 2003-04 - 21.8 ppg, 5.1 apg, 7.3 rpg
- Speedy Claxton (Hofstra), 1999-2000 - 22.8 ppg, 6.0 apg, 5.4 rpg
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 three double-doubles already this season.
PERFECT AT HOME - The Jackrabbits entered the season with 17 straight home wins, and pushed that total to 23 with the win over CSU Bakersfield on Sunday. The Jacks home winning streak ranks third in the nation behind Syracuse with 28 and Kansas with 26.
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.
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.
ON THE RECORD
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, 2011, and enters the week with 1,812 career points, good for fourth all-time at SDSU, just four points shy of passing assistant coach Austin Hansen for third on the all-time list and 11 points shy of passing Lee Colburn for second on the all-time list.
WOLTERS CHASES ALL-TIME SCORING RECORD - Wolters scored 907 points in his first two years as a Jackrabbit, including the SDSU sophomore record with 604 points and the junior record with 721 points. He entered his senior season 304 points shy of breaking the SDSU record of 1,931 and now needs 120 to break the mark.
MORE THAN JUST A SCORER - In addition to his scoring prowess, 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.
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 140 points this season gives him 853 for his career, 147 shy of becoming the 43rd member of the SDSU 1,000-Point Club.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT
MONTANA GRIZZLIES (4-3, 3-0 Home) - Picked to finish first in both Big Sky Conference preseason polls, the Grizzlies opened the season with a loss at Colorado State, but bounced back with three straight wins, two of those wins at home, where they boast a 3-0 record so far this season.
BYU snapped the winning streak and San Francisco made it two losses in a row, evening the Grizzlies record at 3-3, before they came back with a convincing 78-58 win over in state foe Carroll College in their last game on Dec. 8, in Missoula.
THE SERIES vs. MONTANA - The Grizzlies lead the all-time series 3-0, including a 98-56 win on Dec. 4, 1982 in Missoula, an 87-47 win on Dec 10, 2006 in Missoula and a 70-61 win on Nov. 17, 2007 at Frost Arena.
THE LAST MEETING: vs. MONTANA, Nov. 17, 2007 - Jordan Hasquet scored Montana's first 13 points of the second half en route to a game-high 29 points, leading the Grizzlies to a 70-61 victory over South Dakota State before a crowd of 2,397 at Frost Arena. Montana improved to 3-1, while the Jackrabbits dropped to 1-1.
The teams played close in the first half, with Montana holding the largest lead at six points on three occasions, the last 26-20 after a pair of Kyle Sharp free throws. SDSU closed the half with a 10-4 run to pull even going into halftime at 30.
After the Jackrabbits took their first lead of the night at 33-32 early in the second half on a free throw by Clint Sargent. SDSU led 37-36 before Hasquet, who sat out the last 10 minutes of the first half with foul trouble, outscored the Jackrabbits 7-0 over a one-minute, 13-second stretch to give the Grizzlies the lead for good.
Matt Martin, who scored 11 points, added back-to-back three-pointers to give Montana a double-digit lead, 49-39, at the 12:09 mark, and the lead grew to 16 three minutes later as SDSU went scoreless for nearly five minutes.
The Jackrabbits whittled away at the lead, but could not get any closer than the final margin of nine the rest of the way.
Ben Beran led the Jackrabbits with 16 points, while Garrett Callahan and Clint Sargent added 11 and 10, respectively. SDSU shot 21-of-49 from the floor, 43 percent, but went just 3-of-15 on 3-point tries. The Jackrabbits converted 16-of-23 attempts at the free throw line, 69.6 percent.
The Grizzlies shot an even 50 percent from the field, 26-of-52, and went 6-of-17 on 3-pointers. At the line, Montana made 12-of-18 attempts, 67 percent.
SDSU controlled the boards, out-rebounding the Grizzlies, 36-27. Kai Williams led the Jackrabbits with nine rebounds, with redshirt freshman Anthony Cordova coming off the bench to grab eight boards.
Kyle Sharp led Montana with seven rebounds.