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First half of league play ends at South Dakota

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 02/24/2014 14:21:26
Fresh off its dramatic come-from-behind win at Denver on Thursday, South Dakota State looks to complete the weekend sweep at South Dakota on Saturday at 4 p.m. in the final game of the first half of The Summit League season.

The Jackrabbits head to Vermillion after a 74-73 win at Denver in the first game of the week, erasing a 10-point Pioneer lead with less than 10 minutes left in the game to earn the road win. Jordan Dykstra, who scored the final 14 points for the Jacks, and all in the last 2 minutes, 51 seconds of the game, hit a pair of late 3-pointers and some key free throws down the stretch to secure the victory.

To break it down even further, Dykstra scored 11 points in the final 1:44 of the game, or eight points in the final 17 seconds.

Dykstra, who did not score in the first half, led the Jackrabbits with 18 points; Cody Larson added 17 points and a game-high nine rebounds, with Chad White scoring 13 and Jake Bittle 10 points in the win.

NEXT UP FOR THE JACKRABBITS – South Dakota State starts the second half of the league slate at home on Thursday against Fort Wayne at 7 p.m., followed by a game against IUPUI on Saturday at 4 p.m.


• Carlson scored at least 20 points six times this season, all in the last 10 games
• Carlson averaged 19.4 points per game over the last nine games
• Carlson needs 19 points to become the 45th Jackrabbit to reach the 1,000 point milestone
• Carlson needs five 3-pointers to crack the SDSU career top-10
• Only Cody Carlson scored in double figures in each of the last 10 games
• Larson averaged 15.9 points per game over the last 10 games
• Dykstra needs one rebound to move from fifth to sixth all-time at SDSU
• Dykstra made his last 26 free throws in a row, with his last miss coming at IUPUI on Jan. 9
• White became the fourth career Jackrabbit to record more than 200 career 3-pointers vs. NDSU on Jan. 25
• White moved from fourth to third in career 3-pointers at SDSU with 205 in the loss to NDSU, he now has 207
• SDSU lost its first game of the season when it shot at least 50 percent from the floor vs. NDSU on Jan. 25
• The Jackrabbits enter the game with a 2-1 mark in league road games and 1-2 in league home games

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DOUBLE-DOUBLE DROUGHTJordan Dykstra and Cody Larson combined for eight double-doubles over the first 11 games of the season, but Larson’s 13 point, 11 rebound game vs. Western Illinois on Jan. 16 represents the only Jackrabbit double-double over the last nine games.

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 six games this season, all in the last 10 games. As a team, one Jackrabbit scored at least 20 points in 14 of team’s 21 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 tonight’s game ranked seventh all-time at SDSU with 1,499 points, one shy of becoming just the sixth Jackrabbit to score 1,500 in his career, and six shy of moving up to sixth all-time at SDSU.

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 tonight’s game ranked seventh all-time at SDSU with 754 rebounds, two shy of 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 tonight’s game with 180, 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 tied for 24th all-time with 1,147 points.

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. He now ranks third all-time at SDSU with 207 career triples

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 19 points to reach the 1,000 point milestone.

CARLSON NEARS TOP-10 IN CAREER 3-POINTERS – Carlson enters tonight’s game with 146 career 3-pointers, five shy of joining both White and Dykstra on the career top-10 list at SDSU.

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 .449 percent, Chad White ranks fifth with a .412 mark from deep, while Brayden Carlson enters the game ranked seventh all-time with a .401 career mark from long range.


SOUTH DAKOTA COYOTES (8-12, 3-3 Summit) – Picked to finish seventh in The Summit League’s Preseason Poll, the Coyotes opened league play with three straight wins, all at home, and then dropped the next three, including road losses at Western Illinois and Omaha last weekend and a gut-wrenching, 66-63 loss to preseason favorite North Dakota State on Thursday in the DakotaDome.

Down 11 points at halftime, the Coyotes roared back in the second half to take a five point lead with just over four minutes to play, but the Bison managed to claw back and find a way to win late.

THE SERIES vs. SOUTH DAKOTA –The Jackrabbits lead the all-time series 117-89-1. The teams split the season series in each of the last two years, with each team winning on its home floor. The tie in the series came in a disputed contest on March 12, 1915 in Brookings. 

THE LAST MEETING; Jan. 31, 2013; Frost Arena – South Dakota State junior Jordan Dykstra scored the six points he needed to become the 43rd member of the SDSU 1,000-Point Club, grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds and posted his fifth double-double of the season in the Jackrabbits 67-54 win over South Dakota on Thursday night inside a sold out Frost Arena.

“When you look at the number of players that have played here, and you look at the ones that have scored 1,000 points, it’s a small percentage,” Nagy said of Dykstra reaching the milestone. “He’s one of the few that have done it against the top competition that we’ve ever played against at South Dakota State, so I think you can say that he’s one of the best players to play here.”

In addition to Dykstra’s milestone, South Dakota State (17-6, 8-2 Summit) also tied a school record with 27 consecutive home wins, and did so in front of a second consecutive sellout crowd of 6,130 fans, 67 more than last Saturday’s win over North Dakota State.

“Number one, I’m just thrilled that our fans, even with the weather, showed up. Our students were awesome, our fans were great on a cold night, so we’re super appreciative that they showed up,” Scott Nagy said of the crowd, which braved temperatures well below well below zero outside. “We got off to a great start, shot the ball well, then after that we just weren’t very good offensively.”

The quick start came in an early 18-2 run that saw the Jackrabbits turn a 5-3 deficit into a 21-7 lead with 12 minutes and 51 seconds left in the first half.

The Coyotes (8-14, 4-6 Summit) would cut the lead to five points at 32-27 late in the first half, but the Jacks scored the final four points of the half, and took a 36-27 lead into the locker room.

SDSU scored first in the second half to push the lead back to double figures, and then put the game away with an 11-0 run midway through the second half that ended with the Jacks up 66-44 with 4:12 left to play.

What the Jackrabbits lacked in offense, they made up for it on the defensive end, forcing 17 South Dakota turnovers that led to 15 SDSU points. SDSU also won the battle of the boards 36-31, including a 15-5 edge on the offensive glass.

Nate Wolters led all players with 19 points, adding seven rebounds, three assists and three steals, but the night belonged to Dykstra, who finished with 18 points in the win.

Tony Fiegen and Chad White rounded out the double figure scorers for the Jackrabbits, they both finished with 11 points.

Casey Kasperbauer led the Coyotes with 15 points in the loss.

THE COYOTES THE LAST TIME OUT: Jan 30, vs. North Dakota State – VERMILLION, S.D.--On a night when top players Taylor Braun and Marshall Bjorklund struggled to score, it was fellow senior TrayVonn Wright who totaled a game-high 20 points and pulled down eight rebounds to lead North Dakota State to a 66-63 win against South Dakota Thursday night inside the DakotaDome.

Braun, the Summit League’s Preseason Player of the Year, missed 12 of his first 13 shots before hitting a game-tying jumper in the lane with a minute to go, and then giving the Bison a 64-63 lead with 33 seconds left by converting a three-point play. He finished with 11 points on 3 of 15 shooting.

Bjorklund, who averages 15 points, had fouled out by then and had six points on 3 of 11 shooting. He was held scoreless in the second half, missing all six shots he took.

Those performances enabled South Dakota (8-12, 3-3 Summit) to rebound from a 44-33 halftime deficit to take a 61-56 lead with four minutes to go. Tyler Flack scored nine points and had 10 rebounds in the second half alone. His alley-oop dunk five minutes into the half caught the attention of the 1,700 fans in attendance. His block of Bjorklund on the next possession sent them into a frenzy that lasted the rest of the way.

Flack tied the game at 55 with a 3-pointer with 8:35 left. It was part of a 15-4 USD run that spanned nine minutes. Flack made all four shots he took in the second stanza.

USD senior center Trevor Gruis scored a team-high 16 points, but missed two free throws with nine seconds left and his team trailing 64-63. Gruis was 8 of 8 from the stripe at that point, but all of those came in the first half.

Wright rebounded the second miss, was fouled immediately and made both free throws on the other end.

Working without a timeout, it was Brandon Bos who lifted a 3-pointer with four seconds left. It was blocked by Chris Kading and tipped out to USD guard Adam Thoseby who gained control and fired a deep, desperation 3 at the buzzer that went halfway down before rattling back out. Thoseby was 3 of 3 from beyond the arc at that point and finished with 11 points.

The Bison (16-5, 5-1) entered as the top shooting team in the nation at 51 percent, but they made 7 of 26 shots in the second half and shot 39 percent for the game, their worst outing of the season. A first-half performance that included 12 points from Wright and eight points each from Lawrence Alexander and reserve big man Jordan Aaberg gave the Bison enough of a cushion to hold on for their fifth consecutive win.

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