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Jacks and Mastodons meet in Frost

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 01/11/2013 11:47:53

South Dakota State returned home on Thursday for the first time in over a month to put its 23 game home winning streak on the line against Oakland, and came up big in a hard-fought battle with an 81-74 win.

The Jackrabbits now turn their attention to the Fort Wayne Mastodons, who come to Brookings after a 67-55 loss at North Dakota State on Thursday. The 'Dons but a 16 point second half deficit down to three points, but could not close the gap in the loss to the league-leading Bison in Fargo, N.D.

THE LAST TIME OUT; Jan. 10, vs. Oakland: Tony Fiegen scored a career-high 24 points and Jordan Dykstra added 22 points and a career-high 13 rebounds to lead South Dakota State past Oakland on Thursday night in Summit League action at Frost Arena.

In addition to the big nights from Fiegen and Dykstra, the Jackrabbits got 16 points and nine assists from Nate Wolters and 11 points from Chad White.

The first half of the game featured nine ties and six lead changes before the Golden Grizzlies took a 37-35 lead into the locker room, but not before Wolters hit a floater at the buzzer to cut the deficit to just two at the break.

The second half looked much like the first, with six more ties and seven more lead changes before the Jacks took the lead for good on a Dykstra jumper with 10 minutes and seven seconds left in the game, part of a 13-1 Jackrabbit run that ended with the home team up 63-54 with 8:22 to play.

Oakland would cut the lead to as few as two points on several occasions down the stretch, but never regained the lead.

Corey Petros led Oakland in the loss with 22 points and led all players with 15 rebounds. Travis Bader added 21 and Ryan Bass 15 points.

NEXT UP FOR THE JACKRABBITS - SDSU returns to the road next week for a pair of Summit League games, staring with a 2012 Summit League Tournament Championship Game rematch at Western Illinois on Thursday, followed by a matchup with IUPUI on Saturday in Indianapolis, Ind.   

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, and 2012 South Dakota Sportscaster of the Year, Tyler Merriam returns for his second season as the voice of Jackrabbit men's basketball. He 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.

NOTEWORTHY

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 seven games decided by three or fewer points, posting an 3-4 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 a place on multiple award watch lists.

- Candidate for Senior CLASS Award - SeniorClassAward.com
- Named on the Wooden Midseason Top-25 - WoodenAward.com

- Lute Olson preseason All-America selection - LuteOlsonAward.com
- Bob Cousy Award Final 20 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 24 with the win over Oakland on Thursday. The Jacks home winning streak ranks third in the nation behind Syracuse with 33 and Kansas with 30. 

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 three of the last seven games, including 16 points and 10 rebounds in the double overtime win at Montana, a 10 point, 10 rebound game in the Jacks upset at New Mexico and a 22 point, 13 rebound game against Oakland.

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 SETS SCORING RECORD - 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 reached the top of the list on Jan. 5 at South Dakota, when he broke Mark Tetzlaff's 28 year-old record in the DakotaDome.

THE COUNTDOWN TO 2,000 CAREER POINTS - 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, which he did on Jan. 5, and now needs 41 points to become the first member of the SDSU 2,000-Point Club.

MORE THAN JUST A SCORER - In addition to his scoring prowess, Wolters ranks sixth in career steals at SDSU with 160, and continues his climb up the all-time assists charts. 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 570 career assists ranks second all-time at SDSU, 36 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 239 points this season gives him 952 for his career, 48 shy of becoming the 43rd member of the SDSU 1,000-Point Club.  

THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT

FORT WAYNE MASTODONS (8-10, 1-3 Summit) - IPFW, which fell at North Dakota State on Thursday by the score of 67-55, entered the week riding a two game winning streak after posting wins over Navy and Omaha last week at home. Those wins came on the heals of a pair of Summit League losses on the road at IUPUI on Dec. 27 and at Western Illinois on Dec. 29.

THE SERIES vs. FORT WAYNE - Series tied 8-8 after the Jackrabbits swept the season series in each of the last two seasons. The Jacks five wins in a row in the series also includes an 85-75 win in the quarterfinals of the 2011 Summit League Championships in Sioux Falls, S.D., on March 6, 2011.

THE MASTODONS LAST TIME OUT: Jan. 10, at NDSU - FARGO, N.D. - The IPFW Mastodons went on a furious second-half rally to cut a 16-point North Dakota State lead down to just three; however, the Bison closed the game strong, ending the contest on a 10-1 run to claim a 67-55 Summit League victory on Thursday evening at the Bison Sports Arena.

Luis Jacobo scored a game-high 21 points, hitting 5-of-12 from long range, while Frank Gaines scored a dozen and Joe Edwards eight. Mario Hines and Michael Kibiloski each scored a half dozen in the loss. Hines pulled down a team-best seven rebounds, with Jacobo, Isaiah McCray, and Pierre Bland each giving out a trio of assists.

Mario Hines got things going for IPFW (8-10, 1-3 Summit) in the game when he put home a tip-dunk on the game's first possession; however, the host Bison ran off a 9-2 run to lead 9-4 with 15:33 to play in the half.

The NDSU (14-3, 5-0 Summit) lead grew to as many as six after a Mike Felt lay-in, but the Mastodons fought back, and took a three-point lead with 7:54 to play after Jacobo scored nine straight IPFW points in three consecutive possessions.

The 'Dons led by one after Jacobo's third three-pointer of the half, but that would be the last lead of the half, as NDSU ran off six straight points, and took a five-point, 37-32 lead into the locker room at halftime.

The Bison came out firing in the second half, scoring 13 of the first 15 points of the period to push to a 50-34 lead six and a half minutes into the stanza.

Trailing by its largest margin of the game, the Mastodons responded by getting three straight three pointers, two from Michael Kibiloski and the third from Jacobo, closing the gap to seven at 50-43 with 11:34 remaining on the clock.

The Mastodons fought back to within as few as three at 57-54 with 4:07 to play after Jacobo's fifth and final three-point basket, as the Bison went 4-of-6 from the field over the final four minutes to secure the 12-point win.

IPFW went 20-of-53 from the field in the loss, while converting on 10-of-26 from long range, and 5-of-9 from the charity stripe. McCray had a game-high three steals, while Gaines added a pair.

IPFW dished out 13 assists as a team against just eight turnovers, but the 'Dons were out-rebounded 32-to-25 by the Bison, who hit 57.1 percent (28-of-49) from the field, 4-of-15 from long range, and 7-of-10 on free throws.

THE LAST MEETING: at FORT WAYNE (1/28/12) - South Dakota State held IPFW to just 43 point in Fort Wayne, Ind., the fewest points allowed by a Scott Nagy coached team at SDSU. The Jackrabbits, on the other hand, scored 74 points in the win over the Mastodons.

All 10 Jackrabbits in uniform played at least five minutes and grabbed at least one defensive rebound. Jordan Dykstra grabbed five of his game-high seven rebounds on defense and, along with Taévaunn Prince, Brayden Carlson and Griffan Callahan, finished with eight points.

Chad White led a well-balanced Jackrabbit offense with 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting, including a 4-for-5 effort from three-point range. Nate Wolters added 14 points, with five each in rebounds and assists. Tony Fiegen scored nine points in the win, and added six rebounds, all on the defensive end.

Mario Hines led a pair of Mastodons in double figures with 12 points. Frank Gaines added 10 points in a losing cause, as the 'Dons struggled to shoot 33 percent on the night on 16-of-49 shooting. SDSU shot 46 percent on 24-of-52 shooting.

IPFW led early, but a 9-1 run turned a two-point SDSU lead into a 10-point lead midway through the first half. The Mastodons would cut the lead to seven with 45 seconds left in the first half, only to see Carlson knock down a pair of triples in the final seven seconds, including one at the buzzer, that put the Jacks up 36-23 at the half.

The Jacks kept that momentum rolling into the second half, and never let the home team get closer than 14 points for the rest of the game, with a maximum margin of 35 points.

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