South Dakota State returns home to host North Dakota State on Saturday at 2:05 p.m. riding a four game winning streak after posting a perfect 2-0 mark on the road last week, with wins at Western Illinois on Thursday and at IUPUI on Saturday.
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 in Thursday's 59-53 win in Macomb, Ill.
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 that sealed the win.
Brayden Carlson scored 11 of his team-high 18 points in the first 10 minutes of Saturday's game at IUPUI, staking South Dakota State to an early lead that they would never relinquish in an 80-65 win over the Jaguars.
All five Jackrabbit starters scored in double figures and nine of the 10 Jackrabbits to play in the game scored at least two points in the win.
THE LAST TIME OUT; Jan. 19, at IUPUI: Brayden Carlson scored 11 of his team-high 18 points in the first 10 minutes of Saturday's game at IUPUI, staking South Dakota State to an early lead that they would never relinquish in an 80-65 win over the Jaguars.
All five Jackrabbit starters scored in double figures and nine of the 10 Jackrabbits to play in the game scored at least two points in the win, which boosts the Jacks record to 15-6 overall and to 6-2 in The Summit League.
Leading 10-8 in the first half after a couple of early lead changes, the Jackrabbits essentially put the game away with a 17-3 run that ended with a 27-11 SDSU lead with 10 minutes, 11 seconds remaining in the first half.
Carlson, who scored eight points in the run, added seven rebounds and two assists in the contest to go along with his game-high 18 points.
Nate Wolters went just 2-of-8 from the floor, but went 7-of-8 from the free throw line and added six rebounds and seven assists in the win.
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.
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JACKS AND BISON ON TV - Fans can watch Saturday's game live on Midco Sports Net, available on Midcontinent Cable systems channel 26. The game can also be seen on Fox College Sports Atlantic on Mediacom Cable channel 172, or on DirecTV channels 617, 623 or 626. Check your local listings for further viewing options.
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
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 565 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 167, 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 586 career assists ranks second all-time at SDSU, 20 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 267 points this season gives him 980 for his career, 20 shy of becoming the 43rd member of the SDSU 1,000-Point Club.
GOOD FOR THREE! - Three of the top-10 three-point shooters in SDSU history, based on three-point field goal percentage, currently play for the Jackrabbits. Jordan Dykstra leads the way with .479 percent, Chad White ranks third with a .430 mark from deep and Brayden Carlson comes in at ninth, shooting .397 for his career.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT
NORTH DAKOTA STATE BISON (16-4, 7-1 Summit) - The Bison come to Frost Arena sitting atop The Summit League standings with Western Illinois, the same team that snapped NDSU's eight game winning streak on Saturday, when the Fighting Leathernecks bounced back from a seven point halftime deficit to win the game by a 50-42 score in front of nearly 4,000 fans at Western Hall in Macomb, Ill.
THE SERIES vs. NORTH DAKOTA STATE - The Bison the all-time series 109-96 after SDSU swept the season series in 2011-12, with a 91-88 overtime win in Fargo on Jan. 1, and an 80-57 win at Frost Arena on Feb. 15. NDSU won the first meeting of this season by a 65-62 score in Fargo, N.D.
THE BISON THE LAST TIME OUT: Jan. 19, at Western Illinois - MACOMB, Ill (AP) - Ceola Clark III scored 13 points and Western Illinois defeated North Dakota State 50-42 Saturday night.
Clark went 4 of 7 from the field. Remy Roberts-Burnett added 11 points for the Leathernecks (15-4, 7-1 Summit League). Adam Link and Terell Parks had five rebounds apiece.
North Dakota State led 20-13 at halftime. Western Illinois shot 38 percent from the field for the game, while North Dakota State shot 38 percent. The Bison had 34 rebounds, while the Leathernecks had 26.
Mike Felt led North Dakota State with 10 points, and Marshall Bjorklund had nine. Lawrence Alexander had eight points and seven rebounds. TrayVonn Wright also had seven rebounds.
The loss ended an eight-game winning streak for the Bison (16-4, 7-1). Western Illinois has lost only one game at home this season, winning nine inside Western Hall.
THE LAST MEETING: at North Dakota State; Dec. 29, 2012 - Jordan Dykstra got off a long 3-point try as the buzzer sounded, but it missed its mark and gave North Dakota State a 65-62 win over South Dakota State in Summit League men's basketball action in Fargo, N.D.
The teams traded baskets early, but the Bison used a 11-2 run to take its largest lead of the game at 19-6 with 12:10 left in the first half before the Jacks settled in, and used an 11-2 run to cut the lead to 29-27 at the half.
NDSU pushed the lead to as many as seven points in the second half before the Jacks started climbing back into the game, eventually tying the contest at 48-all on Dykstra's first points of the game with 10:02 left on the clock.
The Bison got the lead back at the free throw line, before Nate Wolters gave the Jacks their first lead of the game at 50-49 with 9:11 left in the game.
Three more lead changes and two more ties would follow, with neither team leading by more than four points, which the Jacks did at 56-52 with 4:56 remaining.
NDSU scored the next four points to tie the game, and then scored the final four points to secure the win.
Wolters led all players with 26 points, adding five rebounds and three assists. Tony Fiegen finished with 14 points and Brayden Carlson with 12 points, all in the first half. Dykstra scored all seven of his points in the second half.
Marshall Bjorklund led three Bison players in double figures with 20 points, Lawrence Alexander added 18 and Taylor Braun 11 points, all in the second half in the win.
NEXT UP FOR THE JACKRABBITS - SDSU remains at home for a pair of games next week, starting with South Dakota on Thursday in the South Dakota Corn Showdown Series at 7:05 p.m., followed by a game against Kansas City on Saturday at 4:05 p.m.