Nagy to coach in bare feet against the Bison
The Jackrabbits look to rebound from an 80-71 loss in its last outing against Omaha last Saturday at Frost Arena, when Brayden Carlson scored a career-high 26 points and tied an SDSU single-game record by going 12 for 12 from the free throw line.
Along with Carlson and his 26 points, the Jacks got 14 points from Cody Larson, 12 from Jordan Dykstra, who also finished with a game-high 9 rebounds, and 10 from Jake Bittle, but the Mavericks shot 55.6 percent from the floor in the game, 30 of 54, while the Jacks shot 40 percent, 24 of 60, and struggled to shoot 16 percent from long range, 3 of 19. Omaha shot 31 percent from 3-point range, 4 of 13.
Omaha led 36-29 at halftime, led by as many as 13 points in the second half and never led the Jacks get any closer that five points the rest of the game.
JACKRABBIT QUICK HITS
• Carlson scored at least 20 points five times this season, all in the last eight games.
• Carlson averaged 19.6 points per game over the last eight games
• Carlson set new career-highs in scoring on each of the last two Saturdays (24 at IPFW, 26 vs. Omaha)
• Carlson went 12 for 12 from the FT line vs. Omaha, tying an SDSU single game record for FT percentage
- 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
- Jordan Dykstra, 10 for 10 - vs. Western Illinois, 1/16/14
• Only Carlson and Larson scored in double figures in each of the last eight games.
• Larson averaged 16.3 points per game over the last eight games.
• Dykstra moved from eighth to seventh in career rebounds at SDSU vs. Omaha
• Dykstra made his last 18 free throws in a row, with his last miss coming at IUPUI on Jan. 9
• SDSU lost its first league home game vs. Omaha since a 63-58 loss to UMKC on Jan. 27, 2011 (21 games)
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.
THE JACKRABBITS ON TWITTER
Jackrabbit Athletics: @SDSU_Jacks
Men’s Basketball: @JackrabbitHoops
THE JACKRABBITS ON FACEBOOK
Jackrabbit Athletics: SDSU Jackrabbit Nation
Men’s Basketball: South Dakota State University Men’s Basketball
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 Jan. 16 against Western Illinois.
20 POINTS PER GAME – Brayden 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 five games this season, all in the last eight games. As a team, one Jackrabbit scored at least 20 points in 13 of team’s 19 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 1,464 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 ranked seventh all-time at SDSU with 745 rebounds, 10 shy of tying for sixth on the all-time 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 175, 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 today’s game ranked 25th all-time with 1,118 points, but needs just eight points to move up two spots on the list.
WHITE IN ELITE COMPANY – Chad 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 50 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 .448 percent, Chad White ranks fifth with a .412 mark from deep, while Brayden Carlson enters the game ranked seventh all-time with a .405 career mark from long range.
NORTH DAKOTA STATE BISON (14-5, 3-1 SUMMIT) – The favorite to win The Summit League, the Bison opened league play with a loss at Fort Wayne on Jan. 9, but bounced back with a win at IUPUI, and then a home sweep last weekend against Omaha and Western Illinois.
In addition to the league games, NDSU picked up a signature win at Notre Dame on Dec. 11, when they beat the Irish by a 73-69 score in South Bend, Ind.
THE SERIES vs. NORTH DAKOTA STATE – The Bison lead the all-time series 109-98 after the teams split the regular season series in 2012-13, with each team winning on its home floor. SDSU downed the Bison 73-67 on March 12, 2013 to win in The Summit League Championships.
THE LAST MEETING: March 12, 2013, Sioux Falls Arena – SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Top-seeded South Dakota State won its second straight Summit League Championships crown on Tuesday with a 73-67 win over No. 3 seed North Dakota State in front of a raucous crowd of 6,544 mostly SDSU fans at the Sioux Falls Arena.
With the win, the Jackrabbits punch their ticket to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in as many years and improve to 25-9 on the season.
“I thought being in the championship game last year was helpful to our players. Last year it felt a little overwhelming and we were very tense and tight in the game, even though we were expected to win it,” head coach Scott Nagy said. “NDSU is a tremendous basketball team, particularly with (Taylor) Braun back. They are great defensively, we struggled to get good shots them, and with him back, they’re much better offensively. We knew we would have to play tough, we knew we would have to play great defense, and I thought, defensively this was as good as I’ve seen our guys in a long time.”
The Bison, who fall to 24-9 on the season, scored first and after a couple of quick lead changes, opened an early 7-3 lead. The Jacks responded with a 10-0 run to go up 13-7 with 12 minutes and 10 seconds left in the first half, and never trailed again in the game.
Despite not ever trailing again, the Jackrabbits never really pulled away either, as the Bison kept the lead in single digits for the entire half before the Jacks took a 29-25 lead into the locker room.
The SDSU lead reached double figures for the first time at the 16:35 minute mark of the second half on a Brayden Carlson 3-pointer from the left side that put SDSU up 11 points at 36-25. SDSU would push that lead to as many as 12 on a Jordan Dykstra layup and-1 with 11:45 to play.
NDSU came right back with a Braun 3-pointer on the other end, and kept the lead under 10 points for all but a 17 second span between a Nate Wolters jumper at 9:26 that put SDSU up 52-42 and a Mike Felt 3-pointer at the 9:09 mark that cut the lead to 52-45, which started a 10-2 NDSU run that cut the lead to two points 52-52 with 7:24 left in the game.
The Jacks came right back with a quick 8-2 burst to push the lead back to eight points at 62-54 on a pair of Tony Fiegen free throws with 3:39 on the clock. From there, the Jacks went 9-of-10 from the free throw line down the stretch to secure the win.
Wolters led all players with 27 points in the win, adding six each in rebounds and assists in earning tournament MVP honors for the second straight year. A now two-time all-tournament team selection, Dykstra finished with 18 points and seven rebounds, while first-time all-tournament team selection Fiegen finished with 12 points.
Braun, who also earned all-tournament team honors, scored 23 points to lead the Bison. Both TrayVonn Wright and Mike Felt both added nine points in the loss.
NEXT UP FOR THE JACKRABBITS – SDSU closes the first half of The Summit League season on the road, with games at Denver on Jan. 30 and at South Dakota on Feb. 1.