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Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 12/09/2013 11:35:18
The pace of play slows down for the South Dakota State men’s basketball team in December after playing nine of its 10 games in November, which included two separate trips to California and a trip to Lubbock, Texas, where the Jackrabbits ran into weather problems, forcing them to take a bus 22 hour bus trip back to Brookings, where they recovered nicely with two wins in the Progressive Legends Classic, Brookings Subregional.

SDSU came back from its second West Coast swing to host Dakota State last Wednesday, where the Jacks came away with a 92-60 win over the Trojans. The Jacks now turn their attention to Minnesota, which hosts SDSU on Tuesday at 7 p.m. inside Williams Arena in a game that can be seen on the Big Ten Network.

The Jacks return to action after rolling to an 88-62 win over Dakota State last Wednesday at Frost Arena. Cody Larson and Jordan Dykstra led all players in the game with 17 points in the win, with Larson adding a game and career-high 12 rebounds for his third double-double of the season. Anders Broman and Chad White both added 11 points with White and Larson both tying for game-high honors with four assists. 

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 nine stations on the Jackrabbit Sports Network.

WNAX - 570 AM – Yankton     
KBFS - 1450 AM – Belle Fourche      
KJJQ - 910 AM – Brookings
KDSJ - 980 AM – Deadwood  
KORN - 1490 AM – Mitchell   
KOLY - 1300 AM – Mobridge
KGFX - 1060 AM – Pierre       
KJOE - 106.1 FM – Pipestone, Minn.
KSDR - 1480 AM – Watertown

Pierre, S.D., native, and 2012 South Dakota Sportscaster of the Year, Tyler Merriam returns for his third season as the voice of Jackrabbit men’s basketball. He also serves as the voice of Jackrabbit football and baseball. 

THE JACKRABBIT INSIDER ON KELOLAND-TV – 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 MyUTV at 10:30 p.m., followed by a broadcast on Sunday at 11 p.m. on KELOLAND-TV.

THE JACKRABBITS ON TWITTER

Jackrabbit Athletics: @SDSU_Jacks
Jackrabbit Men’s Basketball: @JackrabbitHoops         

THE JACKRABBITS ON FACEBOOK

Jackrabbit Athletics: SDSU Jackrabbit Nation
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NOTEWORTHY

DYKSTRA EARNS SUMMIT LEAGUE HONORS – The Summit League named South Dakota State senior forward Jordan Dykstra its player of the week on Monday, Dec. 2, the first Jackrabbit to win the award this season. 

Dykstra received his first career Player of the Week accolade after earning MVP honors at the Progressive Legends Classic, Brookings Subregional. In victories against Howard and Lehigh, Dykstra posted double-doubles including a career-high 32 points and season-high 13 rebounds against Lehigh.

JACKS DOUBLE UP – After posting a single double-double in each of his first two seasons, Jordan Dykstra posted double-doubles in a team-high nine games as a junior in 2012-13. He posted four double-doubles in eight games this season pushing his all-time total to 15. Cody Larson posted his first career double-double vs. Southwest Minnesota State on Nov. 18, added a second vs. Howard on Nov. 25 and a third on Dec. 4 vs. Dakota State.

FIVE IN DOUBLE FIGURES – Five Jackrabbits scored at least 10 points in the Jacks win over Southwest Minnesota State on Monday, marking the first time that’s happened since Feb. 2, 2013, when five did so at Kansas City.

ON THE RECORD

DYKSTRA CLIMBING ALL-TIME SCORING LIST – Senior 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 entered the 2013-14 season ranked 23rd all-time at SDSU with 1,149 points, but already moved up to 15th all-time with 1,304 points in his career.

DYKSTRA CRACKS TOP-10 IN CAREER 3-POINTERS – Dykstra opened the season with 142 career 3-pointers, five shy of cracking the all-time top-10 at SDSU, which he did at Texas Tech on Nov. 21. He enters Wednesday’s game with 157, good for eighth all-time at SDSU, and three shy of moving into sole possession of seventh all-time.

WHITE HITS 1,000-POINT MILESTONE – Senior Chad White came up 53 points shy of becoming the 44th member of the SDSU 1,000-Point Club last year, but hit the mark at Texas Tech on Nov. 21. He moved up two spots on the list at UCSB, and enters tonight’s game seven points shy of moving up to 35th all-time.

WHITE CLIMBS CAREER 3-POINT FG CHARTSChad White entered the 2013-14 season with 169 career 3-point field goals, good for fifth all-time at SDSU. He needs 13 more triples to move into fourth place all-time.

CARLSON EYES 1,000-POINT CLUB – Senior Brayden Carlson scored just 85 points as a freshman, but scored 254 as a sophomore and 317 as a junior, giving him 656 entering his senior season, he now needs 228 points to reach the 1,000 point milestone.

GOOD FOR THREE! – Three of the top-10 three-point shooters in SDSU history, based on 3-point field goal percentage, currently play for the Jackrabbits. Jordan Dykstra leads the way with .454 percent, Chad White ranks fifth with a .416 mark from deep, while Brayden Carlson enters the game tied for eighth with a .397 career mark from long range.      

TONIGHT’S OPPONENT

MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHERS (8-2, 6-0 HOME) – The Golden Gophers kicked off the Richard Pitino era with five straight wins before dropping their first two games at the Maui Invitational to Syracuse and Arkansas.  They then bounced back with a win over Chaminade in the Maui Invitational finale, and then added home wins over Florida State and New Orleans.

The Jackrabbits and Gophers share a pair of common opponents already this season in Lehigh and Montana. Both the Jacks and Gophers beat Lehigh, while the Jacks fell to Montana two days after the Gophers defeated them at Williams Arena.

THE SERIES vs. MINNESOTA – The Golden Gophers lead the all-time series 16-0, with all of the games played in Minneapolis and dating back to a 59-21 Minnesota win on Dec. 6, 1930. The Gophers and Jacks met in each of the last eight seasons, the last an 88-64 Gopher win on Dec. 4, 2012. 

THE LAST MEETING: Williams Arena, Dec. 4, 2012 - Playing without the services of Nate Wolters and Taévaunn Prince due to injury, South Dakota State hung with No. 14 ranked Minnesota for the first part of the Tuesday’s game at Williams Arena, but the Golden Gophers broke an early 10-all tie with a 10-0 run and never looked back in an 88-64 win.

The loss snaps a five-game SDSU winning streak, as the Jacks fall to 6-3 on the season, while the Gophers fifth straight win boosts their record to 9-1.

The Gophers added a second 10-0 run in the first half and took a 48-24 lead into the locker room after shooting 64.3 percent in the first half on 18-of-28 shooting, including a 7-for-13 effort from 3-point range. SDSU shot 33.3 percent in the half on 9-for-27 shooting, going 6-for-13 from long range.

Minnesota, which led by as many as 31 points in the second half, shot and even 50 percent in the second half on 15-of-30 shooting and made three of its nine three point attempts. The Jackrabbits improved to shoot 43.3 percent in the second half, making 13 of their 30 shots and posting a 5-for-14 mark from 3-point range (35.7 percent).

Jordan Dykstra led the way with 17 points, adding a team-high six rebounds for the Jacks, who lost the battle of the boards 38-26. Tony Fiegen and Chad White both added 10 points in the loss. Jake Bittle made his first-career start, scoring five points with seven assists in 28 minutes.

Andre Hollins led all players with 22 points, and went 6-for-7 from 3-point range. Austin Hollins added 17 and Joe Coleman 15 points, as 11 different Minnesota players scored at least one field goal.

NEXT UP FOR THE JACKRABBITS – SDSU hosts Belmont on Saturday at 4 p.m., then hosts Wayne State College on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. in the final home games of the calendar year, and then hits the road for five straight games, staring with North Dakota on Dec. 21 in Grand Forks, and culminating with the start of Summit League play, starting with IUPUI on Jan. 9, 2014.

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