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Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 02/07/2014 14:58:26
South Dakota State started the second half of The Summit League schedule with a 79-51 route of league-leading Fort Wayne on Thursday, and looks to continue the winning ways on Saturday against IUPUI, when the Jackrabbits for their fourth straight win at 4 p.m. in Frost Arena.

The winning streak started with in impressive come-from-behind win at Denver on Jan. 30, when Jordan Dykstra scored 14 points over the final 2 minutes, 51 seconds, with eight points in the final eight seconds to secure the 74-73 win.

Two days later, the Jackrabbits trailed by as many as seven points in the first half at South Dakota, but fired back in the second half to go up 15 points, and then held off a late Coyote rally to win 70-68.

SDSU gave up three early baskets to Fort Wayne on Thursday, but settled in on defense and then got hot on offense, turning a 43-30 halftime lead into a dominating 79-51 win. The Jacks held the Mastodons to season-lows in shooting percentage, 35.2 percent and in points scored.

NEXT UP FOR THE JACKRABBITS – SDSU embarks on its final road trip of the season next week, with games at Omaha and Western Illinois on the slate. The Jacks and Mavericks start on Thursday at 7 p.m., while the Jacks and Fighting Leathernecks tip at 7 p.m. on Saturday. SDSU then plays its final road game of the season on Feb. 22, at North Dakota State, before returning home to host Denver and South Dakota in the final games of the regular season.   

JACKRABBIT QUICK HITS

• Carlson scored at least 20 points seven times this season, all in the last 12 games
• Carlson averaged 18.6 points per game over the last 12 games
• With 149 career 3-pointers, Carlson needs two more to crack the SDSU career top-10
Cody Larson’s streak of 10 straight games with at least 10 points ended at South Dakota
• Dykstra holds the longest active streak of double figure scoring for SDSU with nine in a row
• Dykstra made 32 consecutive free throws from Jan. 9-Feb. 1 before missing his 33rd attempt at South Dakota
• Dykstra made 38 of his last 40 free throw attempts dating back to Jan. 9, 2013 (95 percent)

• Garrett Callahan made 35 straight free throws over 11 games from Jan. 29-March 7, 2009
• SDSU plays out the season with a trio of 1,000 point scorers for the first time since the final two games of 2010, when Garrett Callahan, Kai Williams and Clint Sargent all played with at least 1,000 career points
• SDSU held Fort Wayne to a season-low 51 points on Thursday
• Carlson (27) and White (24) both played season-low minutes on Thursday vs. Fort Wayne

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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NOTEWORTY

DOUBLE-DOUBLE DIFFERENCEJordan Dykstra and Cody Larson combined for eight double-doubles over the first 11 games of the season, but for just two over the last 11 games. Larson’s 13 point, 11 rebound game vs. Western Illinois on Jan. 16, and Dykstra’s 16 point, 11 rebound game on Feb. 1, represent the only Jackrabbit double-double over the last 12 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 seven games this season, all in the last 12 games. As a team, one Jackrabbit scored at least 20 points in 15 of team’s 23 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 LISTJordan 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 sixth all-time at SDSU with 1,533 points, two point shy of cracking the top-five 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 the day ranked sixth all-time at SDSU with 770 rebounds, 34 shy of fifth 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 182, 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 23rd all-time with 1,170 points, nine points shy of 22nd all-time at SDSU.

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 214 career triples

CARLSON HITS 1,000 POINT MILESTONE – 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, 344 shy of the milestone, which he hit at the free throw line at South Dakota on Feb. 1. He enters today’s game ranked 41st all-time at SDSU, but needs just nine points to climb three spots on the list.

CARLSON NEARS TOP-10 IN CAREER 3-POINTERS – Carlson enters today’s game with 149 career 3-pointers, two 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 .450 percent, Chad White ranks fifth with a .416 mark from deep, while Brayden Carlson enters the game ranked seventh all-time with a .403 career mark from long range.

THREE IN 1,000-POINT CLUB – The Jacks play with three members of the SDSU 1,000-Point Club, the first time since 2010, when Clint Sargent, Garrett Callahan and Kai Williams played the final two games of the season with at least 1,000 career points. Prior to that trio, the Jacks last played with three 1,000 point scorers during the 1968-69 season when John Thomas, Guy Mackner and Gene Zulk all played with 1,000 career points.

TODAY’S OPPONENT

IUPUI JAGUARS (5-20, 0-8 Summit) – The struggles continue for the Jaguars, who fell by a 66-60 score at preseason favorite North Dakota State on Thursday, as they come to Brookings on Saturday still in search of their first league win of the season in eight tries.

The once powerful IUPUI team started the second half of the season with seven straight losses, and with just one win in its last 13 games, a 112-50 win over NAIA foe Judson University. The Jaguars also finished at the bottom of the 2012-13 Summit League standings with a 6-26 record overall, and with a 1-15 mark in league play, and fell to the Jackrabbits in the first round of The Summit League Championships for a second straight season. 

THE SERIES vs. IUPUI – The Jackrabbits lead the all-time series 9-6, with wins in each of the last eight meetings, including a season sweep and a win in The Summit League Championships in each of the past two seasons and a win in the first meeting of this season.

THE FIRST MEETING OF THE SEASON; Jan. 9, 2013; The Jungle – INDIANAPOLIS – Jordan Dykstra scored 26 points and cracked the career top-10 in scoring at South Dakota State, Scott Nagy won his 350th career game and the Jackrabbits opened Summit League play with an 86-70 win over IUPUI on Thursday at the Jungle in snowy Indianapolis.

The Jacks scored on their first possession on a Cody Larson jumper, but IUPUI scored the next eight points, only to see the Jacks responded with a 10-2 run to tie the game at 12-12 on a Jake Bittle 3-pointer from the left wing with 12 minutes, 6 seconds on the clock, the first of five ties and five lead changes over the next six minutes before Brayden Carlson put the Jacks up for good at 23-22 with 6:04 left in the first half.

SDSU led 38-32 at the half, and then used a 10-4 lead start the second half to open up a 48-36 lead with less than four minutes off the second half clock.

An 8-0 IUPUI run cut the lead to three at 52-49 with 11:30 left in the game, but the Jacks pushed the lead back to 10 points at 63-53 about two and a half minutes later.

The Jags came firing back again, getting to within three points two more times, the last on a Khufu Najee 3-pointer that cut the lead to 73-70 with 3:14 left in the game, but a Dykstra and-1, along with an IUPUI technical foul, essentially gave SDSU a 5-point possession, the start of an 13-0, game-ending run for the Jackrabbits. 

Dykstra’s game-high 26 points gives him 1,414 for his career, moving him from 13th all-time at SDSU to 10th, leaving him 10 shy of passing Kai Williams for ninth all-time. He also added a game-high nine rebounds in the win.

Larson added 22 points in the win, with Carlson adding 19, all but two of them in the second half. Bittle added 10 points and a season-high six assists.

Ian Chiles led four Jaguars in double figures with 21 points. Khufu added 15, Mitch Patton 14 and Marcellus Barksdale 10 points in the loss.

THE JAGUARS THE LAST TIME OUT: Feb. 6, at North Dakota State – FARGO, N.D. - In dire need of a win, the upset-minded IUPUI basketball team nearly pulled off a road stunner before ultimately falling short, 66-60 at North Dakota State on Thursday night. The Jags trailed by just three in the closing minute, but were unable to get a timely stop when they needed it most.

Senior Mitch Patton led IUPUI with 16 points and eight boards and Ja’Rob McCallum chipped in 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting from three. Lawrence Alexander led NDSU with 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting and Taylor Braun added 14 points and four boards. Jordan Aaberg contributed 11 points off the NDSU bench and Kory Brown added 10 points on 5-of-5 shooting and four steals.

IUPUI trailed by as many as 14 in the second half, yet it was McCallum and P.J. Hubert who helped shoot the Jaguars back into the contest. The Jaguars fell behind 47-33 with 10:01 left when Brown got loose for a dunk, but IUPUI came back with fury, including Hubert scoring six points in a 36-second spurt. The latter four came on a four-point play when he was fouled on a 23-footer in front of his own bench.

After yielding four quick points, McCallum responded with his third three of the game to cut the lead back to eight. Later, it was his fourth trey that helped spark a final rally in the final four-plus minutes. The sweet shooting Milwaukee-transfer made it a nine-point game and freshman Justus Stanback followed with a trey to make it 59-51 with 2:12 left. The Jaguars then forced a turnover and turned it into points when Patton put back a Marcellus Barksdale miss at the 1:21 mark.

Alexander did the Jaguars a favor by missing the front end of a one-and-one and McCallum immediately splashed a three, making it 59-56 with a minute left. Opting to play it straight up, Alexander beat McCallum off the dribble and worked free for a layup to push the lead back to five. Barksdale responded with a pair of free throws and the Jaguars fouled Braun after setting the full-court press. Braun hit both, but again, NDSU helped the Jaguars a favor by fouling Barksdale on a drive to the hole. Once again, the Jaguars’ point guard hit both, making it a three-point game with 32 seconds left.

The Jaguars fouled Braun again and The Summit League Preseason Player of the Year split the pair, making it 64-60 with 31.6 seconds left. However, Hubert misfired on a long, contested trey and Patton missed a putback, ending the Jaguars’ comeback bid. Braun capped the win with an uncontested dunk in transition, marking NDSU’s eighth dunk of the second half.

North Dakota State used the eight dunks to help offset an 0-of-10 effort from three-point range. The Bison finished the game hitting 51.8 percent from the floor, while holding the Jaguars to 42 percent. Of the Bison’s 29 field goal, 26 came in the paint as NDSU outscored the Jaguars 52-12 in close. However, IUPUI hit 7-of-16 (43.8 percent) from deep and won the glass 32-28.

IUPUI, which came in ranked 16th in the country in free throw shooting, was a perfect 11-of-11 on Thursday. Barksdale made all six of his attempts, while Hubert and Patton also contributed makes. Barksdale finished with eight points, five boards and four assists and Khufu Najee tallied eight points on 4-of-6 shooting.

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