South Dakota State defeated Kansas City on Thursday in its fifth of six straight road games, and looks to close out the road trip on Saturday at South Dakota by starting another winning streak when the Jackrabbits and Coyotes tipoff at 4:05 p.m.
Along with the game being the 206th meeting between the longtime in state foes and it being a Summit League matchup, the game could also see some history, as Jackrabbit senior Nate Wolters enters the contest 15 points shy of breaking the SDSU career scoring record of 1,931 points. The St. Cloud, Minn., native enters the game averaging more than 20 points per outing.
THE LAST TIME OUT; Jan. 3, at Kansas City - KANSAS CITY, Mo. - South Dakota State got 23 points from Nate Wolters, 21 from Jordan Dykstra and ended the first half on an 18-0 run in an 77-61 win at Kansas City on Thursday night in Summit League action.
The Jackrabbits, playing their fifth of six in a row on the road, improve to 11-5 overall and to 2-1 in The Summit League, while the Kangaroos' seventh straight loss drops them to 4-11 overall and to 1-3 in the league.
The Jackrabbits scored the first five points of the second half to push the run to 23-0 more than enough to overcome the Kangaroos 55.6 percent shooting percentage in the second half, 15-of-27.
SDSU shot 50.9 percent for the game, 29-of-57, making a season-high 12 3-point shots in the process on 27 attempts, 44.4 percent.
Seven different Jackrabbits scored, led by Wolters and his 23 points. He also added six rebounds and a game-high seven assists. Dykstra went 5-for-9 from long range and 7-of-13 overall to get his 21 points. Chad White added 14 points in the win.
Thomas Staton led a trio of Kangaroos in double figures with 14 points. Nelson Kirksey added 12 and Estan Tyler 10 points in the loss.
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.
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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.
DOWN TO THE WIRE - The Jackrabbits lost the 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 Nov. 28, hitting an off-balance 3-pointer as the horn sounded to give the Jacks a 71-70 win over North Dakota.
The Jacks added a double overtime thriller to the mix on Dec.15 at Montana, when Tony Fiegen sank two free throws with nine seconds left in the second overtime, the last of 19 lead changes in the 68-67 SDSU win.
So far this season, SDSU played a total of six games decided by three or fewer points, posting an even 3-3 record in those games.
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 award watch 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
- Bob Cousy Award Candidate - HoopHall.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
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 33 and Kansas with 29.
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.
DYKSTRA DOUBLES UP - After posting a single double-double in each of his first two seasons, junior Jordan Dykstra posted double-doubles in two of the last four and in three of the last six games, including 16 points and 10 rebounds in the double overtime win at Montana and a 10 point, 10 rebound game in the Jacks upset at New Mexico.
A FIRST FOR THE JACKRABBITS - South Dakota State's victory at previously unbeaten and No. 16 ranked New Mexico on Dec. 22, marked SDSU's first victory over a ranked opponent at the Division I level and gave The Summit League its first win over a ranked team this season. The Jackrabbits lost their first seven games against ranked opponents in Division I.
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 instantly began his climb up the all-time charts at SDSU. He enters the weekend with 1,894 career points, good for second all-time at SDSU, after passing assistant coach Austin Hansen for third on the all-time list Lee Colburn for second on the all-time list in the Jackrabbits win over Montana on Dec. 15.
WOLTERS ON THE CUSP OF HISTORY - 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, set by SDSU legend Mark Tetzlaff from 1981-85, and now needs 15 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 556 career assists ranks second all-time at SDSU, 50 shy of breaking the all-time mark of 605 assists, set by Brian Norberg from 1995-99.
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 209 points this season gives him 922 for his career, 78 shy of becoming the 43rd member of the SDSU 1,000-Point Club.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT
SOUTH DAKOTA COYOTES (6-10, 2-2 Summit) - Picked to finish eighth in The Summit League Preseason Poll, the Coyotes opened league play with a last second loss to Western Illinois on Nov. 29, but rebounded to beat IUPUI at home on Dec. 1, both in the DakotaDome. South Dakota then won at Omaha on Dec. 29, before falling to North Dakota State at home on Thursday.
THE SERIES vs. SOUTH DAKOTA - The Jackrabbits lead the all-time series 116-88-1 after the teams split the season series in 2011-12. SDSU won the first meeting 86-56 at Frost Arena on Jan. 12, while the Coyotes won the game in the DakotaDome 72-68 on Feb. 9. The tie in the series came in a disputed game contest on March 12, 1915 in Brookings.
THE COYOTES LAST TIME OUT: Jan. 3, vs. North Dakota State - VERMILLION, S.D.-Marshall Bjorklund scored 23 points and Taylor Braun added 19 to lead North Dakota State to a 92-66 win against South Dakota Thursday at the DakotaDome. The Bison (12-3, 3-0 Summit) shot a season-high 64 percent from the floor to win their fourth in a row.
Casey Kasperbauer made the first five three-pointers he took and had 15 points to lead South Dakota (6-10, 2-2). Brandon Bos added 14 points and four assists.
North Dakota State shot 80 percent from the field in the first half (21 of 26) and scored on 23 of its 30 possessions to take a 52-26 lead into halftime. The Bison made their first seven shots and scored on their first 10 possessions to take a 21-7 lead. They were 18 of 21 from the field and led 43-14 with 3:56 left in the first.
Braun made the first five shots he took and finished 7 of 10. Bjorklund, the nation's most accurate shooter heading into this week's games, finished 11 of 13. Mike Felt came off the bench to hit four first-half treys. He added a fifth in the second half to net 15 points.
Kasperbauer knocked down four 3-pointers in the final six minutes of the first half and had 12 at the break. The rest of the Coyotes combined to shoot 5 of 20 in the opening stanza.
THE LAST MEETING: Feb. 9, 2012, Vermillion - Nate Wolters' game tying three-point attempt with just over a minute play in Thursday's game at South Dakota just missed its mark, and even though the Jackrabbits would cut the lead to two points on a Griffan Callahan three-pointer with 23 seconds left in the game, the Jackrabbits could not get another shot off in a 72-68 loss in the DakotaDome.
Any chance of tying the game seemed improbable for the Jacks, who fall to 19-7 overall and 11-3 in The Summit League, as they trailed by as many as 21 points in the first half and by 19 points with 11 minutes and 33 seconds left in the game at 56-37.
A 9-2 run and a 17-4 run got the Jacks back into the game, but the Coyotes, who shot 68 percent in the second half on 15-of-22 shooting, made their shots down the stretch to keep the Jackrabbits far enough back to hang on for a win, which boosts their record to 9-14 overall and 4-10 in league play.
The energy showed early, as the hosts answered the Jacks first basket with three of their own, and used an 18-2 run to turn an 11-6 lead into a 29-8 lead with just over eight minutes to play in the first half.
The Jackrabbits, who shot 30 percent in the first half on 9-of-30 shooting, including an 0-for-8 effort from long range, found a way to battle back and cut the lead to 10 points at 34-24 at the half.
USD scored the first five points of the second half to regain the momentum, and held onto it just long enough to fend off the late Jackrabbit charge.
Wolters finished with a game-high 27 points in the loss, adding six assists and six rebounds. Chad White pitched in with 17 points off the bench. Tony Fiegen scored four points, but finished with a career-high 10 rebounds in the loss.
Louie Krogman led a trio of Coyotes in double figures with 22 points, 15 of which came in the first half on four three-pointers. He also finished with a game-high eight assists. Charlie Westbrook added 18 points and Steve Trecker 11 points off the bench. Trevor Gruis scored seven points and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.
NEXT UP FOR THE JACKRABBITS - SDSU returns home to Frost Arena on Thursday for the first time since Dec. 9, to host Oakland in Summit League action at 7 p.m.