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Roadrunners host the rematch with the Jackrabbits

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 02/18/2013 21:22:31

With its final home game in the books, South Dakota State takes a break from Summit League play to take on CSU Bakersfield on Wednesday in Bakersfield, Calif., at 7 p.m. PT (9 p.m. CT), and then heads to Murray, Ky., to take on Murray State in the Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters event on Saturday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.

The Jackrabbits beat the Roadrunners in the first meeting of the season on Dec. 9, by a 69-63 score at Frost Arena, while a blizzard raged outside.

South Dakota State celebrated Senior Night on Saturday in the 41st Annual Pork Classic, and everyone left full and happy after the Jackrabbits closed out the home schedule with a 64-55 win over Western Illinois in front of a sellout crowd of 6,103 at Frost Arena.

The Jackrabbits, who improve to 21-7 overall and take a half game lead in The Summit League standings with a 13-3 record, sent seniors Tony Fiegen and Nate Wolters out in style.

The win didn't come easy for the Jacks, despite an early 19-3 run that put them up 19-7 with 6 minutes, 54 seconds to play in the first half. The Fighting Leathernecks halved that margin before halftime, when SDSU took a 25-19 lead into the locker room.

Western kept that momentum at the start of the second half and used a 14-5 run to take a 33-30 lead with 15:39 left in the game, but the Jacks responded with a 17-6 run to push the lead back to 47-39 with 7:46 on the clock.

The Leathernecks would get as close as two points at 49-47 with 4:15 left, but the Jacks outscored the visitors 15-8 down the stretch to secure their second straight perfect home record and 30th consecutive home win overall.

Wolters led all players in the win with 28 points and with six assists. Jordan Dykstra finished with 12 points and a game-high 10 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season and second in a row. Brayden Carlson finished with 11 points in the win.

Ceola Clark III led the Leathernecks with 20 points, while Adam Link added 12 points in the loss, which drops Western to 19-6 overall and to 11-3 in league play. 

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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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

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.

- Named on the Wooden Midseason Top-25 - WoodenAward.com
- Lute Olson preseason All-America selection - LuteOlsonAward.com
- Bob Cousy Award Final 12 Candidate - HoopHall.com

ELITE COMPANY - Nate Wolters entered the week on pace to become the first player since the NCAA began keeping assists as an official statistic (1983-84) to average 20 points, five assists and five rebounds in two separate seasons. In 2011-12, he averaged 21.2 points, 5.9 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game and became the fifth to achieve a 20-5-5 season. Wolters' 2012-13 pace could allow him to reach an elite group with a 20-points, six-assist and five rebound average, a feat he missed by just one assist in 2011-12 only two other players in NCAA history achieved.

- 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

WOLTERS ERUPTS! - In the Jacks 80-74 win at Fort Wayne on Feb. 7, Wolters set SDSU single-game records with 53 points and with nine 3-pointers. In addition to those marks, the 53-point performance marks the third-highest in Summit League history, trailing only North Dakota State's Ben Woodside (60 vs. Stephen F. Austin, Dec. 12, 2008) and UMKC's Michael Watson (54 vs. Oral Roberts, Feb. 22, 2003), but does represent the highest single-game total in league history in a regulation game. It also represents the highest single-game total in NCAA Division I this season.

WOLTERS NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK -For the sixth time this season, for the second straight week and for the 14th time in his career The Summit League named South Dakota State's Nate Wolters as its Player of the Week. Wolters tied The Summit League record with his sixth Player of the Week award this season after leading South Dakota State into sole possession of first place.

Against IUPUI, Wolters scored 18 points in just 27 minutes while adding four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Two days later in a first-place showdown against Western Illinois, Wolters tallied 28 points against the nation's No. 2 scoring defense (51.7 ppg) in a victory that lifted the Jackrabbits to the top spot in the league standings. He had a game-high six assists and three steals and connected on 10-of-16 (62.5 percent) field goal attempts and 4-of-7 (57.1 percent) from beyond the arc.

PERFECT AT HOME - The Jackrabbits entered the season with 17 straight home wins, and then capped their second perfect home season at 13-0 with a 64-55 win over Western Illinois on Feb. 16, giving SDSU a school and Summit League record 20 consecutive home wins. The Jacks home winning streak ranks second in the nation behind Syracuse with 37. 

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 seven games this season, all Jackrabbit wins, with the last being a 12-point, 10 rebound night in the Jacks win over Western Illinois on Feb. 16. 

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 RECORDS - 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 set then set the school record for points in a career on Jan. 5 at South Dakota, when he broke Mark Tetzlaff's 28 year-old record in the DakotaDome. In addition to the career record, Wolters set the SDSU single game scoring record with a 53-point outburst at Fort Wayne on Thursday, when he also set the SDSU single-game record with nine 3-pointers.

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 in a win at Western Illinois on Jan. 17. 

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 tonight's game with an SDSU record 605 in his career.

MORE THAN JUST A SCORER - In addition to his scoring prowess, Wolters set the SDSU career assists record on Feb. 9, at Oakland, when dished out his 606th career assist, topping the old mark of 605, set by Brian Norberg from 1995-99. Wolters enters tonight's game with 617 dimes in his career. He also ranks fifth all-time at SDSU with 181 steals.

DYKSTRA HITS 1,OOO-POINT MILESTONE - Junior Jordan Dykstra became the 43rd member of the SDSU 1,000-Point Club in the Jacks win over South Dakota on Jan. 31, and immediately started to climb the scoring charts. He enters the game ranked 34th all-time at SDSU with 1,061 points.

JACKS SET FREE THROWS RECORD - The Jackrabbits combined to go a perfect 17-for-17 from the free throw line at Oakland, for a perfect 100 percent free throw percentage. That ties a perfect 14-for-14 night vs. IPFW on Jan. 5, 2008 and a 13-for-13 night against IUPUI on Feb. 7, 2008, both at Frost Arena.

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 .473 percent, Chad White ranks third with a .430 mark from deep and Brayden Carlson comes tied for ninth, shooting .395 for his career.

THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT

CSU BAKERSFIELD ROADRUNNERS (10-16) - The Roadrunners return home after splitting a pair of games last week in Texas. CSUB opened the week with an 82-71 win at UT San Antionio on Feb. 12, and then dropped a 79-73 overtime contest at Texas-Pan American on Feb. 14, which snapped a two game winning streak for the Roadrunners.

The Jackrabbits snapped the only other CSUB winning streak on Dec. 9, when the Roadrunners came to Brookings with two straight wins.

THE SERIES vs. CSU BAKERSFIELD - The Jackrabbits lead the all-time series 2-1, with both wins coming at Frost Arena. The Roadrunners won the first meeting in overtime, 73-71, on Dec. 28, 2007 in Bakersfield, Calif., while the Jackrabbits won the next two meetings; 86-65, on Dec. 16, 2008 and 69-63 on Dec. 9, 2012.

THE ROADRUNNERS THE LAST TIME OUT: Feb. 14, at NDSU - EDINBURG, Tex.- The CSUB Roadrunners allowed a 9-0 run over the final four minutes in the second half and combined three-straight turnovers in the final possessions as UT Pan American forced overtime and outlasted CSUB 79-73 Thursday night at the UTPA Fieldhouse.

CSUB rallied from six points down at half to take the lead for the first time with 12:45 remaining in the game following a Corey Hall layup and free throw. The 'Runners would then build a 9-point lead with 4:44 remaining.  That was where the scoring would stop for CSUB and the 'Runners failed to score on every possession during the remainder of regulation and turned the ball over three times allowing UTPA to go on a 9-0 run and tie the game at the free throw line with 34 seconds to play.

The 'Runners had one more possession but a Stephon Carter 15-foot jumper as the clock expired missed and the Broncs would go on to outscore CSUB in overtime to take the 79-73 win, outscoring CSUB 25-10 over the final 9:44 seconds of game time.

Carter led the way for CSUB with 22 points on 10-15 shooting including a CSUB record six steals. It was the steals and UTPA turnovers that allowed CSUB to build their nine-point lead but it was also CSUB's 23 turnovers including five in the final five minutes of regulation that helped the Broncs come from behind and force overtime tied at 63.

Javonte Maynor added 17 for the Roadrunners on 7-11 shooting and 2-5 from three-point range. CSUB started slow in the first half connecting on just 10-28 shots from the field but shot well the remainder of the game going 14-20 for 70% in the second half and 4-7 in overtime. Three-point shooting never got on target for the 'Runners who were just 2-13 in the game.

Justin Leathers led four players in double figures for UTPA with 16 points. The Broncs scored many of them in the low block with 36 in the paint. They were also just 3-11 from three-point range but two of the three made shots were critical in their comeback victory.

THE LAST MEETING: vs. CSU Bakersfield; Dec. 9, 2012 - As a blizzard raged outside Frost Arena, Nate Wolters returned to the South Dakota State lineup after missing two games due to injury to score 18 points, with seven rebounds and six assists in a 69-63 win over CSU Bakersfield, the Jackrabbits 23rd consecutive win at home.

The Jacks shot 52 percent in the first half on 14-of-27 shooting, but allowed the Roadrunners to shoot 58 percent on 18-of 31 shooting. Both teams picked up the defense in the second half,.

The back-and-forth game saw a total of eight ties and 15 lead changes, with three ties and eight of those lead changes in the first half before the Roadrunners took a 39-38 lead into the locker room at halftime, after a Tony Fiegen layup beat the first half buzzer.

The close play continued into the second half until a pair of Jordan Dykstra free throws with 9 minutes, 7 seconds remaining tied the game and a Dykstra layup with 8:31 left gave the Jacks a lead they would not relinquish.

CSUB would tie the game one more time at 63-all with 2:39 left to play, but a pair of Brayden Carlson free throws with 1:24 on the clock gave the Jacks the lead for good, and SDSU did not allow the visitors to score again.

Along with Wolters and his 18 points, the Jacks got 16 points and eight rebounds from Fiegen, 12 points from Carlson and 11 from Dykstra.

Britton Williams led the Roadrunners with 18 points, Stephon Carter added 17, while Brandon Barnes and Javante Maynor both finished with 10 points in the loss. 

NEXT UP FOR THE JACKRABBITS - SDSU travels to Murray, Ky., on Saturday for a game at Murray State in the Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters, a game that can be seen live on ESPN2 at 7 p.m.   

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