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Jackrabbits welcome the Wildcats to Frost Arena

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 12/17/2013 14:39:19
South Dakota State plays its final home game of the calendar year on Wednesday against the Wayne State Wildcats at 7 p.m., before starting a five game road trip, which includes the start of Summit League play.

The Jackrabbits return to action after an impressive win over Belmont on Saturday night at Frost Arena that saw all five SDSU starters score in double figures, and saw SDSU shoot a season-high 57.4 percent from the floor in the 85-72 win over the Bruins.

Brayden Carlson led the way for the Jacks with 20 points. Cody Larson scored 16 points and finished with game-highs with nine rebounds, with four assists and with a pair of blocks. Jordan Dykstra went just 1 for 3 from the floor, but connected on nine of his 10 free throws to finish with 11 points, while Chad White finished with 10 points.

Jake Bittle finished the game with a career-high 19 points in his first home game of the season after sitting out eight games with an injury before returning to the floor in Tuesday’s game at Minnesota.

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 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.

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NOTEWORTHY

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 five double-doubles in 11 games this season pushing his all-time total to 16. 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 both Nov. 18, marking the first time that’s happened since Feb. 2, 2013, when five did so at Kansas City. Five players scored at least 10 points again on Dec. 14 in the Jacks 85-72 win over Belmont.

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 1,348 points in his career. He needs 51 more points to crack the top-10.

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 161, good for seventh all-time at SDSU, four shy of moving into a tie with former teammate Griffan Callahan for sixth 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 continues his climb up the list, and enters tonight’s game tied for 33rd all-time with 1,073 point, but needs just 12 points to climb two spots on the all-time charts.

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 five 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 193 points to reach the 1,000 point milestone, or just over 10 points per game for the rest of the season.

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 .455 percent, Chad White ranks fifth with a .415 mark from deep, while Brayden Carlson enters the game tied for 10th all-time with a .394 career mark from long range.

TONIGHT’S OPPENENT

WAYNE STATE WILDCATS (4-5, 0-3 AWAY) – Picked to finish 13th in the 16 team Northern Sun Conference, the Wildcats opened the season with a loss at Nebraska-Kearney, but came back with two home wins over Mount Marty and Crown College. After splitting a pair of games after that, the Wildcats dropped three in a row, falling at Sioux Falls, at Southwest Minnesota State and at home against Minnesota State, Mankato before snapping the skid with a 65-59 win over Concordia-St. Paul at home on Saturday in their last outing.

THE SERIES vs. WAYNE STATE – The Jackrabbits lead the all-time series 12-1, with wins in the first 12 meetings. The Wildcats won the last meeting 82-56 on Dec. 28, 2004 at Frost Arena, part of the SDSU Burger King Classic.  

THE LAST MEETING: Dec. 28, 2004; Frost Arena  – South Dakota State got 17 points from both Ben Beran and Luke Geiver, but Todd Klostermann scored 22 points, including a perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line, and 19 points from Brett Cain in an 82-56 Wildcats win in the second game of the Burger King Classic.

The Jackrabbits fall to 2-9 with the loss, while Wayne State improves to 4-5 on the season.

The game started with 3-pointers from Steve Holdren and Geiver that gave the Jacks an early 6-0 lead, but the Wildcats came back to force the first of six ties at 10-10 on a Brett Watson layup less than five minutes into the game.

Seven lead changes would follow before the Wildcats took a 32-30 lead into the locker room at halftime.

The Jackrabbits would tie the game one final time at 34-all with 18:36 left in the game, but the Wildcats broke the tie with a 3-pointer from Troy Malone, and never trailed again, building a lead as large as 28 points in the half.

NEXT UP FOR THE JACKRABBITS – SDSU embarks on a season-long five game road trip, starting with a game at North Dakota on Saturday at 4 p.m., in Grand Forks, with games at Kansas City on Dec. 28 and at Buffalo on Jan. 3 to follow. The road trip also includes the start of league play, which the Jacks start at IUPUI on Jan. 9 and at Fort Wayne on Jan. 11.

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