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Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 01/17/2014 15:41:19
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South Dakota State kicked off a season-long three game home stand on Thursday with a 64-55 win over Western Illinois, and now turns its attention to the Omaha Mavericks, who come to Frost Arena on Saturday for a 4 p.m. tip after a 91-69 loss at North Dakota State on Thursday. 

After dropping is last game in a season-long four game road trip, the Jacks bounced back with the win over Western Illinois on Thursday behind 20 points from Jordan Dykstra, 16 from Brayden Carlson and a double-double from Cody Larson, who finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds in the win.

SDSU opened the game with an 11-2 run, and even though the Leathernecks answered with a 13-4 run to tie the game at 15-all, the Jacks scored the next six points and never trailed again.

The Jacks led 34-27 at the half and then opened up the game with a 10-2 run to start the second half to push the lead to 15 early in the half.

Western would cut that lead to five points twice later in the half, but the Jacks never let them get any closer in securing the win in front of 2,023 fans who braved the cold and wind outside to see the game. 

NEXT UP FOR THE JACKRABBITS – SDSU closes its three game home stand next Saturday with a 4 p.m. game against the North Dakota State Bison at Frost Arena.  

JACKRABBIT QUICK HITS

• Carlson scored at least 20 points four times this season, all in the last seven games.
• Carlson averaged 19.6 points per game over the last seven games, with a career-high 24 at IPFW on Jan. 11
• Only Carlson and Larson scored in double figures in each of the last seven games.
• Larson averaged 16.3 points per game over the last six games.
Chad White became the fourth player in SDSU history to hit 200 career 3-pointers vs. WIU on Thursday.
• White also moved from 27th to 25 in all-time scoring at SDSU vs. WIU.
Jordan Dykstra moved from ninth to eighth in all-time scoring at SDSU on Thursday vs. WIU.
• Dykstra also moved from 10th to eighth in career rebounds at SDSU, one shy of seventh all-time.
• Dykstra went 10 for 10 from the FT line vs. WIU, tying an SDSU single game record for FT percentage
            - Dykstra, 10 for 10 - vs. Western Illinois, 1/16/14
            - Nate Wolters, 12 for 12, at UMKC, 1/7/2010
            - Garrett Callahan, 12 for 12, vs. Southern Utah, 2/12/09
            - Jim Sutton, 12 for 12, vs. St. Thomas, 12/8/56

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 the first 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, a third on Dec. 4 vs. Dakota State and his fourth on Thursday against Western Illinois.

20 POINTS PER GAMEBrayden Carlson entered his senior season with a pair of 20-point games under his belt, both of them last year, but scored 20 or more points in four games this season, all in the last seven games. As a team, one Jackrabbit scored at least 20 points in 12 of team’s 18 games, with at least two players scoring 20 points in two games.

Additionally, the Jacks put five players in double figures in two games this season, both at home; vs. Southwest Minnesota State on Nov. 18, and vs. Belmont on Dec. 14.

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, and cracked the career top-10 on Jan. 9 at IUPUI. He enters today’s game ranked eighth all-time at SDSU with 1,452 points.

DYKSTRA CRACKS TOP-10 IN CAREER REBOUNDS – Dykstra joined an elite group of Jackrabbits on Jan. 11 at Fort Wayne, when he became just the fourth player in school history to rank in the top-10 in points and rebounds in a career. He enters today’s game tied for eighth all-time at SDSU with 736 rebounds, but needs just two more to move up to seventh on the list.

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 today’s game with 174, 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 27th all-time with 1,106 points, but needs just eight points to move up two spots on the list.

WHITE IN ELITE COMPANYChad White entered the 2013-14 season with 169 career 3-point field goals, good for fifth all-time at SDSU. He moved up to fourth all-time on Jan. 11, and became the fourth Jackrabbit to sink at least 200 career 3-pointers. With 201 in his career, he needs two more triples to pass Garrett Callahan for third on the list.

CARLSON EYES 1,000-POINT CLUB – Senior Brayden Carlson scored 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 76 points to reach the 1,000 point milestone, or just over six 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 .416 mark from deep, while Brayden Carlson enters the game ranked seventh all-time with a .402 career mark from long range.

TONIGHT’S OPPONENT

OMAHA MAVERICKS (10-7, 0-2 SUMMIT) – Now in its final year of the transition to Division I, Omaha, which lost 91-69 at North Dakota State on Thursday, entered the season picked to finish fifth in the Summit League Preseason Poll.

After opening with a 3-3 record, the Mavericks rattled off five straight wins before dropping a game at Minnesota. From there, the Mavs, won two in a row, before falling in their last two games; at Hawaii and at Western Illinois last weekend in their Summit League opener.

THE SERIES vs. OMAHA – The Jackrabbits lead the all-time series 48-31 after sweeping the season series last season. SDSU won the first meeting last season 78-63 at Frost Arena on Dec. 1, 2012, and then capped the regular season with a 100-82 win in Omaha on Feb. 28, 2013.

THE LAST MEETING: Feb. 28, 2013, Ralston Arena  – OMAHA - Six Jackrabbits scored in double figures, Jordan Dykstra and Nate Wolters both posted double-doubles and Chad White led the offense as South Dakota State locked up at least a share of The Summit League regular season title and the No. 1 seed in the league tournament with a 100-82 win at Omaha.

“For us, the goal was to win the conference and be the number one seed, and we’ve accomplished that,” head coach Scott Nagy said. “I think there’s a lot of gratification in that because it means over the long haul we were good and not just three days in March.”

White led the Jackrabbits with 23 points, including a career-high six 3-pointers in the win in seven attempts from deep. He also tied a career-high with nine rebounds, and added an assist, a steal and a block to fill out the stat sheet. 

In addition to White, the Jacks got 18 points, seven rebounds and 10 assists from Nate Wolters, 14 points each from Dykstra and Tony Fiegen, with Fiegen adding eight rebounds and Dykstra a career-high 17 rebounds. Carlson finished with 13 points, six boards and four assists, while Marcus Heemstra rounded out the double-digit scorers with 10 points off the bench.

OMAHA THE LAST TIME OUT: Jan. 16, at North Dakota State – FARGO, N.D. – The Omaha men’s basketball team remains in search of its first conference win of the year after dropping a 91-69 loss to preseason favorite North Dakota State at Bison Sports Arena on Thursday night. The Mavericks are now 10-7 (0-2 Summit League), while the Bison improve to 13-5 (2-1 Summit League).

Senior guard Justin Simmons paced the Mavericks with a season-high 21 points, shooting 8-of-15 with four 3-pointers. Junior guard CJ Carter joined him in double figures with 16 points on 5-of-10 shooting with a pair of threes as well as four assists, two rebounds and two steals. Sophomore guard Devin Patterson rounded out the effort with 11 points on the night.

On the glass, junior forward Mike Rostampour finished with a team-leading six rebounds, while senior forward Matt Hagerbaumer added five.

NDSU had six players score in double figures: Taylor Braun (20), Lawrence Alexander (14), Mike Felt (13), Marshall Bjorklund (11), TrayVonn Wright (10) and Kory Brown (10). Braun pulled down a game-best eight rebounds with three assists, two steals and a block.

North Dakota State, which entered the game leading the nation in field goal percentage, shot 54 percent (32-of-59) from the floor, 42 percent (8-of-19) from three and 83 percent (19-of-23) at the line. The Bison totaled 11 blocks as a team, led by three from Wright.

The Mavericks shot 40 percent (24-of-60) from the field, 43 percent (9-of-21) from long range and 75 percent (12-of-16) at the charity stripe.

NDSU worked out to a quick 20-7 lead with the help of four 3-pointers in the first six minutes of play. The Mavericks then started to chip away at the Bison advantage, as a Carter 3-pointer from the left corner brought it to 28-22 with 8:25 to go. North Dakota State came back with a 9-0 run though, going up 37-24 by the last media timeout. Simmons then hit a right-side three, followed by a layup from Carter, getting Omaha back under 10 at 37-29. A final tip-in by Brown gave NDSU a 41-31 lead at the break, with the Bison shooting 16-of-30 (53 percent) to Omaha’s 12-of-32 (38 percent).

Omaha shot slightly better at 43 percent in the second half, but NDSU surpassed its first-half shooting effort with a 55 percent effort in the second stanza. Despite 13 points from Simmons in the final 20 minutes, the Bison lead ultimately proved too steep a climb. Spurred by 13 second-half points from Felt and another nine from Braun, North Dakota State secured the 91-69 win, its fourth straight in the all-time series with UNO.

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