Dykstra hits milestone in Jackrabbit win
South Dakota State junior Jordan Dykstra scored the six points he needed to become the 43rd member of the SDSU 1,000-Point Club, grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds and posted his fifth double-double of the season in the Jackrabbits 67-54 win over South Dakota on Thursday night inside a sold out Frost Arena.
"When you look at the number of players that have played here, and you look at the ones that have scored 1,000 points, it's a small percentage," Nagy said of Dykstra reaching the milestone. "He's one of the few that have done it against the top competition that we've ever played against at South Dakota State, so I think you can say that he's one of the best players to play here."
In addition to Dykstra's milestone, South Dakota State (17-6, 8-2 Summit) also tied a school record with 27 consecutive home wins, and did so in front of a second consecutive sellout crowd of 6,130 fans, 67 more than last Saturday's win over North Dakota State.
"Number one, I'm just thrilled that our fans, even with the weather, showed up. Our students were awesome, our fans were great on a cold night, so we're super appreciative that they showed up," Scott Nagy said of the crowd, which braved temperatures well below well below zero outside. "We got off to a great start, shot the ball well, then after that we just weren't very good offensively."
The quick start came in an early 18-2 run that saw the Jackrabbits turn a 5-3 deficit into a 21-7 lead with 12 minutes and 51 seconds left in the first half.
The Coyotes (8-14, 4-6 Summit) would cut the lead to five points at 32-27 late in the first half, but the Jacks scored the final four points of the half, and took a 36-27 lead into the locker room.
SDSU scored first in the second half to push the lead back to double figures, and then put the game away with an 11-0 run midway though the second half that ended with the Jacks up 66-44 with 4:12 left to play.
What the Jackrabbits lacked in offense, they made up for it on the defensive end, forcing 17 South Dakota turnovers that led to 15 SDSU points. SDSU also won the battle of the boards 36-31, including a 15-5 edge on the offensive glass.
Nate Wolters led all players with 19 points, adding seven rebounds, three assists and three steals, but the night belonged to Dykstra, who finished with 18 points in the win.
Casey Kasperbauer led the Coyotes with 15 points in the loss.
The Jackrabbits can set a new school record with 28 consecutive home wins on Saturday against the Kansas City Kangaroos at 4:05 p.m.
NOTES: SDSU improves to 117-89-1 all-time against South Dakota, 14-11 all-time in the Nagy era and to 24-9 all-time in Frost Arena ... Dykstra became the 43rd member of the SDSU 1,000-Point Club and moved up to a tie for 38th all-time at SDSU with 1,012 points, tied with Jim Walker (1978-80) ... Dykstra posted his fifth double-double of the season and the seventh of his career ... Dykstra's 14 rebounds tops his previous career-high of 13, set on Jan. 10 vs. Oakland ... Wolters increased his SDSU career scoring record to 2,067 points, and his three assists gives him 593 for his career, 13 shy of the SDSU career record of 605, set by Brian Norberg from 1995-99 ... SDSU tied a school record for consecutive home wins, set from 2002-04 ... the Jacks last lost at Frost Arena came on Jan. 27, 2011, a 63-58 loss to Saturday's opponent, Kansas City