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Jacks host rematch with South Dakota

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 01/30/2013 10:47:22

Fresh off a win over North Dakota State in front of a sold out crowd, South Dakota State looks to push its winning streak to six games and tie a school record with 27 straight home wins on Thursday when the Jackrabbits host South Dakota in the Showdown Series, presented by South Dakota Corn at Frost Arena at 7:05 p.m.

FREEZE OUT FROST - The Jackrabbits ask that the fans help them "Freeze Out Frost Arena" on Thursday by wearing white.   

The first 1,000-plus students receive a free white t-shirt, courtesy of Cubby's Sports Bar and Grill and First Bank and Trust that can be picked up near the student section on the east side of Frost Arena.

THE LAST TIME OUT; Jan. 26, vs. North Dakota State: In a tale of two halves, South Dakota State bounced back from a 37-31 halftime deficit to beat North Dakota State 69-53 in front of a sold out crowd of 6,063 at Frost Arena on Saturday.

Trailing by seven at 40-33 with 18 minutes and 47 seconds left in the game after a Mike Felt 3-pointer, the Jackrabbits rattled off the next 17 points to take a 50-40 lead with 10:54 to play in the game. During that same stretch, the Bison went 0-for-11 from the floor with three turnovers.

The Jackrabbits improve to 16-6 on the season and to 7-2 in The Summit League, while the Bison fall to 16-5 overall and to 7-2 in the league, after the teams split the season series for the first time since the 2005-06 season.

Nate Wolters led all players in the game with 26 points, adding a game-high seven rebounds and game-high four assists. Tony Fiegen and Jordan Dykstra both finished with 14 points, with Fiegen tying for game-high honors with seven rebounds. Dykstra finished with six rebounds.

TrayVonn Wright led a pair of Bison players in double figures with 16 points. Mike Felt added 12 points, nine of which came in the first half.

After struggling to shoot 39.3 percent in the first half, 11-of-28, the Jackrabbits came out hot in the second half to shoot 57.1 percent over the final 20 minutes, 12-for-21.

Conversely, the Bison went 15-for-26 in the first half, 57.7 percent, but just 6-for-25 in the second half, 25 percent, scoring just 16 points in the half.

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 five stations throughout South Dakota on the Jackrabbit Sports Network.

- 570 AM - WNAX - Yankton     
- 910 AM - KJJQ "The Ranch" - Brookings
- 1060 AM - KGFX - Pierre        
- 1480 AM KSDR - Watertown
- 1490 AM - KORN - Mitchell

Pierre, S.D., native, and 2012 South Dakota Sportscaster of the Year, Tyler Merriam returns for his second season as the voice of Jackrabbit men's basketball. He also serves as the voice of Jackrabbit football.

JACKS AND COYOTES ON TV - Fans can watch Thursday's game live on Midco Sports Net, available on Midcontinent Cable systems channel 26. The game can also be seen on Fox College Sports Central on Mediacom Cable channel 173, or on DirecTV channels 608, 623 or 626. Check your local listings for further viewing options.

THE JACKRABBIT EXTRA - Subscribers to the Jackrabbit Extra on GoJacks.com watch every SDSU home game and select road games streaming live on the internet. In addition, subscribers can listen to every game, home and on the road, streaming live on the internet. 

To subscribe to the Jackrabbit Extra, log onto GoJacks.com and click on "SIGN UP NOW"

THE JACKRABBIT INSIDER ON FOX - 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 KTTW FOX 17 at 10:30 p.m., and can also be seen on Fox Sports North at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays.

NOTEWORTHY

DOWN TO THE WIRE - The Jackrabbits lost the season opener at Alabama on a 3-point buzzer beater and lost at Hofstra on Nov. 16 on a 3-pointer with three seconds left.

The Jacks turned the tables on Nov. 17 vs. Marshall, as Chad White hit a 3-pointer with two seconds left to lift SDSU to a win. White did it again on Nov. 28, hitting an off-balance 3-pointer as the horn sounded to give the Jacks a 71-70 win over North Dakota.

The Jacks added a double overtime thriller to the mix on Dec. 15 at Montana, when Tony Fiegen sank two free throws with nine seconds left in the second overtime, the last of 19 lead changes in the 68-67 SDSU win.

So far this season, SDSU played a total of seven games decided by three or fewer points, posting an 3-4 record in those games.

WOLTERS ON MULTIPLE AWARDS WATCH LISTS - The only player in Division I men's basketball to average at least 20 points, five rebounds and five assists per game in 2011-12 put senior Nate Wolters on the national map, which led him earning a place on multiple award watch lists.

- Candidate for Senior CLASS Award - SeniorClassAward.com
- Named on the Wooden Midseason Top-25 - WoodenAward.com
- Lute Olson preseason All-America selection - LuteOlsonAward.com
- Bob Cousy Award Final 20 Candidate - HoopHall.com

ELITE COMPANY - Wolters finished the 2011-12 campaign averaging 21.2 points, 5.9 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game to join an exclusive group. He became just the fifth player in NCAA history to average 20 points, five rebounds and five assists in a season. Wolters finished just one assist shy of reaching an even more select group with a 20-points, six-assist and five-rebound average, a feat achieved by only two players in NCAA history.

- Nate Wolters (South Dakota State), 2011-12 - 21.2 ppg, 5.9 apg, 5.1 rpg
- Norris Cole (Cleveland State), 2010-11 -  21.7 ppg, 5.3, apg, 5.8 rpg
- Evan Turner (Ohio State), 2009-10 -  20.4 ppg, 6.0 apg, 9.2 rpg
- Ricky Minard (Morehead State), 2003-04 -  21.8 ppg, 5.1 apg, 7.3 rpg
- Speedy Claxton (Hofstra), 1999-2000 -  22.8 ppg, 6.0 apg, 5.4 rpg

PERFECT AT HOME - The Jackrabbits entered the season with 17 straight home wins, and pushed that total to 26 with the win over North Dakota State on Jan. 26. The Jacks home winning streak ranks third in the nation behind Syracuse with 35 and Kansas with 33. 

SDSU won a team-record 27 straight home games from 2002-04, starting with a 98-78 win over Colorado Mines on Nov. 29, 2002, and ending with a 107-104 overtime loss to Omaha on Jan. 10, 2004.    

SEVEN IN DOUBLE FIGURES - All 10 Jackrabbits scored at least one point in the Jacks 96-48 win over UDC, seven of which reached double figures. Taévaunn Prince led the way with 13 points, Jordan Dykstra, Nate Wolters, Zach Horstman, Chad White and Marcus Heemstra all scored 12 and Tony Fiegen 10 points in the win.

DYKSTRA DOUBLES UP - After posting a single double-double in each of his first two seasons, junior Jordan Dykstra posted double-doubles in four games this season, including 16 points and 10 rebounds in the double overtime win at Montana, a 10 point, 10 rebound game in the Jacks upset at New Mexico and a 22 point, 13 rebound game against Oakland.

A FIRST FOR THE JACKRABBITS - South Dakota State's victory at previously unbeaten and No. 16 ranked New Mexico on Dec. 22, marked SDSU's first victory over a ranked opponent at the Division I level and gave The Summit League its first win over a ranked team this season. The Jackrabbits lost their first seven games against ranked opponents in Division I.

ON THE RECORD

WOLTERS SETS SCORING RECORD - Nate Wolters became the 42nd member of the SDSU 1,000-Point Club in a win over Sam Houston State on Nov. 22, 2011, and instantly began his climb up the all-time charts at SDSU. He reached the top of the list on Jan. 5 at South Dakota, when he broke Mark Tetzlaff's 28 year-old record in the DakotaDome.

WOLTERS SETS FREE THROWS RECORD - Adding to his legacy, Wolters tied the SDSU career free throws made record 532 at Kansas City on Jan. 3, and then broke the record with his first make at South Dakota on Jan. 5. He enters the week with an SDSU record 574 in his career.

WOLTERS JOINS 2,000-POINT CLUB - Wolters scored 1,628 points in his first three years as a Jackrabbit, including the SDSU sophomore record with 604 points and the junior record with 721 points. He entered his senior season 372 points shy of becoming the first member of the SDSU 2,000-Point Club, which he accomplished with a 22-point game at Western Illinois on Jan. 17.  

MORE THAN JUST A SCORER - In addition to his scoring prowess, Wolters ranks sixth in career steals at SDSU with 169, and continues his climb up the all-time assists charts. His 188 assists as a sophomore represents the third best single-season total in SDSU history, and his 202 as a junior marks the second-highest single-season total at SDSU. Adding to that, his 590 career assists ranks second all-time at SDSU, 16 shy of breaking the all-time mark of 605 assists, set by Brian Norberg from 1995-99. 

DYKSTRA CLOSING IN ON 1,000-POINT MILESTONE - Junior Jordan Dykstra scored 351 points as a freshman and 362 points as a sophomore, which gave him 713 for his to start the season. His 281 points this season gives him 994 for his career, six shy of becoming the 43rd member of the SDSU 1,000-Point Club. 

GOOD FOR THREE! - Three of the top-10 three-point shooters in SDSU history, based on three-point field goal percentage, currently play for the Jackrabbits. Jordan Dykstra leads the way with .479 percent, Chad White ranks third with a .429 mark from deep and Brayden Carlson comes in at 10th, shooting .394 for his career.

THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT

SOUTH DAKOTA COYOTES (8-13, 4-5 Summit) - The Coyotes followed up their win over the Jacks on Jan. 5 with a 90-86 home loss to Kansas City, and a 62-60 loss at Fort Wayne, before bouncing back in a big way with a dominating 97-78 win at Oakland.

South Dakota dropped its only game last week, falling at home to Omaha by a score of 95-90.

THE SERIES vs. SOUTH DAKOTA - The Jackrabbits lead the all-time series 116-89-1. The teams split the season series in 2011-12, with SDSU winning 86-56 at Frost Arena on Jan. 12, and the Coyotes winning 72-68 on Feb. 9, in Vermillion. South Dakota won the first meeting of the season, 74-71, on Jan. 5. The tie game came in a disputed contest on March 12, 1915.

THE COYOTES THE LAST TIME OUT: Jan. 24, vs. Omaha - VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) - Justin Simmons scored 26 points, including five 3-pointers, to pace Nebraska-Omaha to a 95-90 victory over South Dakota on Thursday night.

Simmons scored 16 points in the second half to allow Nebraska-Omaha (6-16, 3-6 Summit) to turn away comeback attempts by South Dakota (8-13, 4-5).

Alex Welhouse and C.J. Carter each scored 17 points for Nebraska-Omaha. Welhouse hit four 3-pointers and grabbed nine rebounds. John Karhoff and Caleb Steffensmeier each scored 14 points.

Juevol Myles scored 26 points for South Dakota, including four 3-pointers. Brandon Bos scored 16 points, Steve Tecker scored 14 and Trevor Gruis scored 13. Tecker and Gruis each had nine rebounds and Bos had eight.

THE LAST MEETING: at South Dakota; Jan. 5, 2013 - Nate Wolters scored the 15 points he needed to break the South Dakota State men's basketball career scoring record, with 11 points to spare, but a slow start by the Jackrabbits left them in too big of hole to climb out of in a 74-71 loss at South Dakota.

The game saw three early lead changes before the Coyotes went up for good on a Karim Rowson layup with 12 minutes and 34 seconds left in the first half, part of a 14-2 run that put the home team up 28-18 with 8:04 left in the opening half.

The lead would grow to as many as 20 points, before Brayden Carlson cut it to 42-25 with a 3-pointer on the last basket of the first half, giving South Dakota a 42-25 lead at the break.

South Dakota pushed the lead back to 20 with the first basket of the second half, only to see the Jacks halve the lead to 47-37 less than six minutes later on a Wolters 3-pointer.

The record-breaking shot came with 9:47 left in the game and cut the lead to eight points at 56-48.

The Jacks would eventually make it a one possession game on six different occasions during the final 1:13, and even cut the lead to one point at 72-71, but that came with four seconds left and they could never get over the hump.

NEXT UP FOR THE JACKRABBITS - SDSU closes the home stand on Saturday against Kansas City at 4:05 p.m. The Kangaroos handed the Jackrabbits their last loss at Frost Arena, when they erased a 10-point second half deficit to beat the Jacks by a 63-58 score on Jan 27, 2011. 

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