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Non-Conference season ends at Buffalo

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 12/31/2013 14:34:45
South Dakota State plays its third game in a season-long five game road trip on Friday at Buffalo in a game that also represents the final non-conference game for the season.  The Jackrabbits and Bulls tip at 7 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. CT. 

The Jackrabbits enter the game riding a season-long four game winning streak, which includes their first two road wins of the season after a 77-70 win at North Dakota on Dec. 21, and a 65-60 win at Kansas City last Saturday night. The wins also put the Jacks over .500 for the season with an 8-7 overall record.

NEXT UP FOR THE JACKRABBITS – SDSU opens Summit League play on Thursday at IUPUI, followed by a game at Fort Wayne on Saturday. The final two in a five game road trip both begin at 7 p.m. ET

QUICK HITS

• Tonight’s game marks the 16th game of the season for SDSU and the 11th game for Buffalo

• The win at UMKC boosted SDSU’s record to 4-1 on the season when Jake Bittle starts the game

• SDSU won its last two road games after starting the season 0-6 in games played away from home

• The Jacks enter the game riding a season-long four game road trip

Brayden Carlson scored at least 20 points in three of the last four games, averaging 19.5 ppg over that span

• Carlson and Cody Larson are the only two Jackrabbits to score in double figures in each of the last four games

TRACKING THE JACKRABBITS

ON THE INTERNET - Subscribers to the Jackrabbit Extra can watch every home and select road games streaming live on the internet, and can also listen to every game, home and on the road, streaming live on the internet.

Friday’s game can also be seen live online on MAC-Sports.com

ON TELEVISION­ – Friday’s game can be seen live on Time Warner Cable Sports Channel

Check your local listings for availability in the following states; California, Kansas, Maine, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, Wisconsin

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.

HEATING UP – The Jackrabbits shot a season-high 57.4 percent from the floor on 27 of 47 shooting in a win over Belmont on Dec. 14, only to top that mark by going 27 of 45, 60 percent in a win over Wayne State on Nov. 18. As a team, the Jacks shot above 50 percent from the floor two other times this season; 52.5 percent against Southwest Minnesota State on Nov. 18 and 56.4 percent against Dakota State on Dec. 4. SDSU won all four of those games.

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 13th all-time with 1,375 points in his career. He needs 11 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 Friday’s game with 166, good for sixth all-time at SDSU.

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 ranked 33rd all-time with 1,078 points, but needs just 21 points to move up six spots on the list.

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 two 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 135 points to reach the 1,000 point milestone, or just under 8.5 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 fourth with a .417 mark from deep, while Brayden Carlson enters the game ranked seventh all-time with a .402 career mark from long range.

TONIGHT’S OPPONENT

BUFFALO BULLS (6-4, 5-1 HOME) – Picked to finish second in the East Division of the Mid-American Conference Preseason Poll behind Akron, the Bulls opened the season with losses at Texas A&M and at Niagara before rattling off a four-game winning streak, all at home. A pair of losses followed the streak, but the Bulls responded with a home in over Binghamton and their first road win of the season at Drexel in its last outing on Dec. 29, in Philadelphia. 

THE SERIES vs. BUFFALO – The Jackrabbits won the first and only meeting with Buffalo 86-65 on Feb. 18, 2012 in the first-ever nationally televised game from Frost Arena as part of ESPN BracketBusters.    

THE LAST MEETING: Feb. 18, 2011, Frost Arena – South Dakota State made the most of its first nationally televised game at Frost Arena, defeating Buffalo, 86-65, before a crowd of 5,378 at Frost Arena in a Sears BracketBusters game.

The Jackrabbits led wire to wire in improving to 12-0 on their home floor. The game saw four tie scores in the opening minutes, the last at 11-all, before Jordan Dykstra gave SDSU the lead for good with a 3-pointer.

Buffalo went without a field goal for more than an eight-minute span later in the half, during which the Jackrabbits went on a 10-0 run to open a 31-18 lead. Taévaunn Prince’s tip-in just before the first-half buzzer gave SDSU a 38-26 lead at intermission.

“We were really good defensively early and it’s typical of our basketball team that the second half we’re generally not as good defensively because we’re not in front of our bench,” head coach Scott Nagy said. “We got in some foul trouble, but the kids off the bench were really good; Taévaunn Prince, Chad White and Marcus were really good, and Griffan Callahan was tremendous. The defensive effort is what won it for us.”

The Bulls trimmed the deficit to single digits, 48-40 with 13:22 to play, on back-to-back 3-pointers by Zach Filzen. However, the Jackrabbits answered with 3-pointers on consecutive trips down the floor by Callahan and Nate Wolters.

Wolters led the Jackrabbits with 22 points, eight assists and six rebounds, while Callahan scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half. Tony Fiegen rounded out SDSU’s double-digit scorers with 11 points.

SDSU shot 61 percent (14-of-23) in the second half and finished 27-of-55, 49.1 percent, for the game. The Jackrabbits finished 7 of 17 on 3-point attempts and held a big advantage at the free throw line, going 25 of 31, 80.6 percent.

Buffalo ended the game 26-of-58 from the field, 44.8 percent, including 6 of 20 from beyond the arc. At the line, the Bulls made 7-of-11 attempts, 63.6 percent.

Mitchell Watt , who scored 13 of his team-high 15 points in the second half led the Bulls. He also corralled a game-high eight rebounds. Filzen finished with 13 points and Tony Watson added 11 off the bench.

The Jackrabbits held a 35-31 rebounding edge.

BUFFALO THE LAST TIME OUT: Dec. 29, at Drexel – PHILADELPHIA, PA – Buffalo picked up its first true road victory of the year on Sunday afternoon, outscoring the host Drexel Dragons 35-28 in the second half en route to a 55-52 win.  The victory is UB’s second straight and improves its record to 6-4 heading into the final non-conference game of the season on Friday.

It was a slow start offensively for both teams in the first half as the two squads combined to shoot just 15-of-57 from the floor.  Drexel led by as many as eight in the opening half at 22-14 with 4:36 remaining, but UB ended the half on a quick 6-2 run, including a put-back basket from sophomore Justin Moss as time expired, which pulled UB within 24-20 at the break.

The Bulls scored the first four points of the second half to tie the game up and neither team had more than a five point lead until Drexel regained a five point advantage at 39-34 with 11:42. Despite the Bulls hitting just one 3-pointer to that point, sophomore Jarryn Skeete calmly knocked down a triple pulling the Bulls back within two. Buffalo held on to a 49-48 lead when four straight points from senior Javon McCrea gave UB a 53-48 lead, tying for its largest lead of the game.

Drexel cut the lead to 54-52 and had the ball late, but missed a 3-pointer with three seconds left as senior Joshua Freelove took in the rebound with just 0.2 second left. He made the first before missing the second intentionally to end the game.

McCrea finished with 20 points despite picking up three first-half fouls and playing just 27 minutes. He had 16 of his points in the second half as he also finished with nine rebounds and two blocks. Junior Will Regan finished with seven points and a career-high 10 rebounds.

The UB defense held Drexel to a 1-for-14 performance from three-point range, including 0-for-8 from leading scorer Chris Fouch.

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