South Dakota State returned to the road after a shot but successful two game homestand on Thursday, and came away with a 59-53 win at Western Illinois. Now the Jackrabbits turn their attention to IUPUI for a Saturday matchup in Indianapolis for the final game of the first half of The Summit League season.
The Jacks, now riding a three game winning streak with a 14-6 overall record and a 5-2 mark in The Summit League, take on the Jaguars on Saturday at 3 p.m. ET, 2 p.m. CT. IUPUI comes in with a 6-15 mark overall, 1-6 in the league and with losses in its last five games.
THE LAST TIME OUT; Jan. 17, at Western Illinois: MACOMB, Ill. - Not only did Nate Wolters become the first Jackrabbit in history to score 2,000 career points, but South Dakota State also handed Western Illinois its first Summit League loss and snapped the Fighting Leathernecks 11 game winning streak on Saturday with a 59-53 win.
The rematch of last season's Summit League Tournament Championship featured 13 lead changes and eight tie scores, with neither team leading by more than six at any point in the game. The Leathernecks led by six after a pair of early 3-pointers at 8-2, the Jacks got their first of two six point leads on a pair of Jordan Dykstra free throws with 31 seconds left in the game, and the other on a pair of Chad White charity tosses with 22 seconds left.
Down by one with 8:15 to play, Dykstra put the Jacks on top 46-44 with a 3-pointer, and although SDSU would never trail again, the Leathernecks would tie the game three more times, but never regain the lead, before the Jacks went up for good at 53-50 on a White 3-pointer with 3:02 left in the game.
Wolters, who came in 12 points shy of 2,000 for his career, led all players in the game with 22 points, and hit the milestone from the free throw line with 2:04 left in the first half. He also added five rebounds and a game-high six assists, which gives him 579 for his career, and leaves him 27 assists shy of breaking the school record of 605.
Dykstra overcame a slow start to score 12 points in the win, 10 of them in the second half, adding six rebounds. White and Tony Fiegen both finished with 10 points, with White tying a career-high mark with nine rebounds, which led all SDSU players.
Jack Houpt led a trio of Leathernecks in double figures with 16 points. Terell Parks added 14 points and a game-high 10 rebounds, while Adam Link finished with 13 points in the loss.
NEXT UP FOR THE JACKRABBITS - SDSU returns home to host North Dakota State next Saturday at 2:05 p.m. in a game that can be seen live on Midco Sports Net, and on Fox College Sports.
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"
SATURDAY AT IUPUI ON TV - A live video stream of Saturday's game can be found on IUPUIjags.com. Additionally, Saturday's game can be seen in the Indianapolis region on HTSN, click on the link to see if your cable company offers HTSN.
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 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 25 with the win over Oakland on Thursday. The Jacks home winning streak ranks third in the nation behind Syracuse with 34 and Kansas with 31.
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 four games this season, 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.
WOLTERS SETS FREE THROWS RECORD - Adding to his legacy, Wolters tied the SDSU career free throws made record 532 at Kansas City on Jan. 3, and then broke the record with his first make at South Dakota on Jan. 5. He enters the week with an SDSU record 554 in his career.
WOLTERS JOINS 2,000-POINT CLUB - Wolters scored 1,628 points in his first three years as a Jackrabbit, including the SDSU sophomore record with 604 points and the junior record with 721 points. He entered his senior season 372 points shy of becoming the first member of the SDSU 2,000-Point Club, which he accomplished with a 22 point game at Western Illinois on Jan. 17.
MORE THAN JUST A SCORER - In addition to his scoring prowess, Wolters ranks sixth in career steals at SDSU with 165, 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 579 career assists ranks second all-time at SDSU, 27 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 256 points this season gives him 969 for his career, 31 shy of becoming the 43rd member of the SDSU 1,000-Point Club.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT
IUPUI JAGUARS (6-15, 1-6 Summit) - The Jaguars put back-to-back wins together for the only time this season with wins over Ball State on Dec. 23, and over Fort Wayne on Dec. 27, and enter Saturday's game riding a season-long five game losing streak after falling hard to North Dakota State on Thursday by the score of 78-40.
The Jags losing streak also includes double-figure losses against Oakland, Maryland and Omaha, and a 57-53 overtime loss at Western Illinois on Jan. 5.
THE SERIES vs. IUPUI - The Jaguars lead the all-time series 6-5 after winning six of the first seven meetings. SDSU won each of the last four meetings, including a 77-56 win in the first round of The Summit League Championships in Sioux Falls, S.D., on March 3, 2012.
THE JAGUARS LAST TIME OUT: Jan. 17, vs. North Dakota State - INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - TrayVonn Wright had 16 points including four 3-pointers and grabbed seven rebounds to lead North Dakota State over IUPUI 78-40 on Thursday night.
Lawrence Alexander scored 11 points, pulled four rebounds and had three assists, Jordan Aaberg chipped in with 10 points and the Bison shot 57.4 percent as a team including making 15 of their first 24 shots in the first half to take a 38-18 lead at halftime.
North Dakota State (16-3, 7-0 Summit) hit 12 3-pointers, out-rebounded the Jaguars 35-22 and had 22 assists. The Bison led by as many as 43 in the second half and never trailed in the game.
Mitchell Patton scored 17 points to lead IUPUI (6-15, 1-6), which has lost five straight. No other player scored in double figures for the Jaguars.
The Bison held IUPUI to just 31.1 percent shooting on the game including a dreadful 26.1 percent mark in the first half.
THE LAST MEETING vs. IUPUI: The Summit League Championships (3/2/12) - South Dakota State started hot and never let up in a 77-56 win over IUPUI in The Summit League Championships quarterfinals at the Sioux Falls Arena in front of a sellout crowd of 6,614 mostly Jackrabbit fans.
SDSU jumped out to an early 13-4 lead, only to see IUPUI come right back with an 8-0 run to get within one point at 13-12 with 12 minutes and 21 seconds left in the first half.
The Jacks countered with a 7-0 spurt, part of a 14-4 run that pushed the Jackrabbit lead to double digits at 27-16 with 6:49 left in the half, before SDSU eventually went to halftime with a 40-28 lead, after Nate Wolters scored in the waning seconds of the half.
South Dakota State quickly pushed the lead to 16 points at the start of the second half, and never let the Jaguars get any closer than 13 points for the rest of the game, all while increasing the lead to a game-high mark of 21.
Wolters led four Jackrabbits in double figures with a game-high 22 points, and tied for game-high honors with seven rebounds and with six assists. Brayden Carlson finished with 12 points, Tony Fiegen scored 11 points, with seven rebounds and a career-high four assists, while Taévaunn Prince added 10 points off the bench in the win.
SDSU finished the game 56.6 percent from the floor on 30-of-53 shooting, and held IUPUI to 43.4 percent from the floor on 23-of-43 shooting.
SDSU also won the rebounding battle 30-24, which resulted in 13 second chance points, compared to two from the Jags. SDSU only committed three fewer turnovers than IUPUI, 15-12, but scored 23 points off of turnovers, compared to just nine from IUPUI.
Ian Chiles led four Jaguars in double figures with 15 points. Sean Esposito added 11 points, while Alex Young and Stephen Thomas both added 10 points in the loss. Young did dish out six assists to tie with Wolters for game-high honors.