SIOUX FALLS - A win on Thursday, Feb. 28, in the final game of the regular season gave South Dakota State a share of The Summit League regular season title and the No. 1 seed in The Summit League Championships, which begin for the Jackrabbits on Saturday against IUPUI at 6:05 p.m.
The defending tournament champion Jackrabbits also opened last year's tournament with the Jaguars, and came away with a 77-56 win.
THE LAST TIME OUT; Feb. 28, at 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 on Thursday.
The Jackrabbits never trailed in the game after opening on a 7-0 run and pushing the lead to 51-31 at halftime.
White led the Jackrabbits with 23 points, including a career-high six 3-pointers 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.
The Jacks largest lead of the game came with 13 minutes, 21 seconds left in the game at 71-44, but didn't put the Mavericks away for good, as they used a late 14-0 run to cut a 23 point SDSU lead to just nine points at 84-75 with 3:42 remaining in the game.
SDSU broke the run on a Brayden Carlson layup, part of a 6-0 spurt that pushed the lead back to 15 points and sealed the win for the Jackrabbits.
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.
The Jacks won the rebounding battle 50-24 and shot 57.8 percent for the game overall, 37-of-64, and 9-20 from 3-point range, 45 percent. Omaha shot 43.8 percent overall, 32-of-73, and 34.8 percent from long range, 8-fo-23.
NEXT UP FOR THE JACKRABBITS - The Jacks advance to The Summit League semifinals with a win over IUPUI, where they would face the winner of the No. 4 Oakland vs. No. 5 Fort Wayne game on Monday at 6 p.m. The Golden Grizzlies and Mastodons meet on Sunday at 6 p.m.
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.
THE JACKRABBIT EXTRA - Subscribers to the Jackrabbit Extra on GoJacks.com listen to every games 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.
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.
Named on the Wooden Midseason Top-25 - WoodenAward.com
- Lute Olson preseason All-America selection - LuteOlsonAward.com
- Bob Cousy Award Final 12 Candidate - HoopHall.com
- Lou Henson Award Finalist - LouHensonAward.com
- Naismith Men's Player of the Year Candidate - NaismithAwards.com
ELITE COMPANY - Nate Wolters enters The Summit League Championships on pace to become the first player since the NCAA began keeping assists as an official statistic in 1983-84 to average 20 points, five assists and five rebounds in two separate seasons. He averaged 21.2 points, 5.9 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game last year to become the fifth to achieve a 20-5-5 season. His 2012-13 pace could allow him to reach an elite group with a 20-points, six-assist and five rebound average, a feat he missed by just one assist in 2011-12 and one only two other players in NCAA history achieved.
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
Wolters also enters the tournament 17 rebounds shy of joining an exclusive group of NCAA Division I players to reach career totals of 2,000 points, 600 rebounds and 600 assists. Maryland's Greivis Vasquez achieved the rare trifecta first and Ohio's D.J. Cooper enters the week six points from becoming the second to reach the milestone. Only three players (Cooper would be fourth) amasses 2,000 points, 600 rebounds and 500 assists in a career: Vasquez, Duke's Danny Ferry and Penn State's Talor Battle. Wolters scored more career points than any member of that elite group.
NCAA players to amass 2,000 points, 600 rebounds and 500 assists in a career
Greivis Vasquez (Maryland), 2006-10 - 2,171 pts. 647 reb. 772 ast
- Danny Ferry (Duke), 1985-89 - 2,155 pts. 1,003 reb. 506 ast.
- Talor Battle (Penn State), 2007-11 - 2,213 pts. 625 reb. 517 ast.
*D.J. Cooper (Ohio) - 1,994 pts. 608 reb. 907 ast.
*Nate Wolters (South Dakota State) - 2,288 pts. 583 reb. 641 ast.
*through March 2
WOLTERS NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK/MONTH YEAR - The Summit League named Nate Wolters its Player of the Week a league-record seven times during the 2012-13 season, which gives him 15 weekly honors for his career, tying the all-time league mark. He also earned the league's male athlete of the month twice, along with the pre and postseason player of the year honors.
PERFECT AT HOME - The Jackrabbits entered the season with 17 straight home wins, and then capped their second perfect home season at 13-0 with a 64-55 win over Western Illinois on Feb. 16, giving SDSU a school and Summit League record 30 consecutive home wins, the longest streak in all of Division I 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 this season, including four of the last five games.
Nate Wolters posted five double-doubles in his first three seasons and five more so far this season. Three of Wolters double-doubles came with points and assists, and two of them from points and rebounds.
Both Dykstra and Wolters recorded double-doubles at CSU Bakersfield and at Omaha, while Dykstra and Tony Fiegen both posted double-doubles in the double-overtime win at Montana.
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 only 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 RECORDS - 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 then set the school record for points in a career on Jan. 5 at South Dakota, when he broke Mark Tetzlaff's 28 year-old record in the DakotaDome.
Wolters also set the SDSU single game scoring record with a 53-point outburst at Fort Wayne on Feb. 7, when he eclipsed set the SDSU single-game record with nine 3-pointers. In addition to those marks, the 53-point performance marks the third-highest in Summit League history, trailing only North Dakota State's Ben Woodside (60 vs. Stephen F. Austin, Dec. 12, 2008) and UMKC's Michael Watson (54 vs. Oral Roberts, Feb. 22, 2003), but does represent the highest single-game total in league history in a regulation game, and represents the highest single-game total in NCAA Division I this season.
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 in a win at Western Illinois on Jan. 17.
WOLTERS SETS FREE THROWS RECORD - Adding to his legacy, Wolters tied the SDSU career free throws made record of 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 Summit League Championships with an SDSU record 623 in his career.
MORE THAN JUST A SCORER - In addition to his scoring prowess, Wolters set the SDSU career assists record on Feb. 9, at Oakland, when dished out his 606th career assist, topping the old mark of 605, set by Brian Norberg from 1995-99. Wolters enters The Summit League Championships with 641 dimes in his career. He also ranks fifth all-time at SDSU with 184 steals.
DYKSTRA HITS 1,OOO-POINT MILESTONE - Junior 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 enters The Summit League Championships ranked 29th all-time at SDSU with 1,095 points.
JACKS SET FREE THROWS RECORD - The Jackrabbits combined to go a perfect 17-for-17 from the free throw line at Oakland, for a perfect 100 percent free throw percentage. That ties a perfect 14-for-14 night vs. IPFW on Jan. 5, 2008 and a 13-for-13 night against IUPUI on Feb. 7, 2008, both at Frost Arena.
GOOD FOR THREE! - Two 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 .464 percent, while Chad White ranks second with a .441 mark from deep.
SUMMIT LEAGUE QUARTERFINALS OPPONENT
IUPUI JAGUARS (6-25, 1-15 Summit) - Decimated by injuries, the No. 8 seed Jaguars enter The Summit League Championships mired in a 15 game losing streak, which includes overtime losses at Western Illinois on Jan. 5 and at Fort Wayne on Jan. 26, and also includes a double-overtime loss at home to Milwaukee in the Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters on Feb. 23.
THE SERIES vs. IUPUI - The Jackrabbits lead the all-time series 7-6. IUPUI won six of the first seven meetings, but SDSU won each of the last six meetings, including a 77-56 win in the first round of The Summit League Championships last season.
THE JAGUARS THE LAST TIME OUT: Feb. 23, vs. North Dakota - OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Justin Simmons scored 20 points Saturday as Omaha defeated North Dakota 83-75.
John Karhoff finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Mavericks (11-18). Alex Welhouse added 13 points and CJ Carter scored 12.
Troy Huff led North Dakota (12-15) with 21 points. Aaron Anderson added 19 points and five assists in a losing cause
The game was tied at 41 at halftime and there were 10 ties and 20 lead changes. North Dakota did not make a field goal in the final 5:44.
North Dakota leads the all-time series 45-33; the first game was played in the 1934-35 season. The teams played in the Division II North Central Conference until 2008 when North Dakota left for Division I. Omaha is in its second year and first as a full-time member of the Summit League.
THE FIRST MEETING: at IUPUI: Jan. 19, Indianapolis, Ind. - Brayden Carlson scored 11 of his team-high 18 points in the first 10 minutes at IUPUI, staking South Dakota State to an early lead that they would never relinquish in an 80-65 win over the Jaguars.
All five Jackrabbit starters scored in double figures and nine of the 10 Jackrabbits to play in the game scored at least two points in the win.
Leading 10-8 in the first half after a couple of early lead changes, the Jackrabbits essentially put the game away with a 17-3 run that ended with a 27-11 SDSU lead with 10:11 remaining in the first half.
Carlson, who scored eight points in the run, added seven rebounds and two assists in the contest to go along with his game-high 18 points.
Nate Wolters went just 2-of-8 from the floor, but went 7-of-8 from the free throw line and added six rebounds and seven assists in the win.
Mitchell Patton and Greg Rice led the Jaguars in the loss with 17 points apiece. Patton added a game-high 11 rebounds to complete one of two double-doubles in the game, with Donovan Gibbs getting his with 14 points and 10 rebounds in a losing cause.
THE SECOND MEETING: vs. IUPUI: Feb. 14, Frost Arena - South Dakota State ran away with its 20th win of the season, using a balanced offensive attack and stifling defense to cruise to an 82-45 win over IUPUI at Frost Arena.
The Jackrabbits, who improve to 20-7 on the season overall and to 11-3 in The Summit League, shot 53.8 percent for the game, going 28-of-52 from the floor and 11-for-22 from beyond the arc.
On the defensive end, the Jacks held the Jaguars to 35.8 percent shooting, 19-for-53, and to just 18.8 percent from long distance, 3-for-16.
On top of that, SDSU finished plus 19 on the glass, 40-21, thanks largely to Jordan Dykstra, who led all players with a career-high 15 rebounds to go along with his 14 points for his team-best sixth double-double of the season. He also tied for game-high honors with four assists.
Nate Wolters led the Jackrabbit offense with 18 points, adding four rebounds and a pair of assists in 27 minutes on the floor, 10 minutes below his season average.
Chad White also finished with 14 points after going 5-for-5 from the floor, with four of those makes coming from behind the 3-point line.
Donovan Gibbs led the visitors with 16 points and with six rebounds in the loss, which drops the Jaguars to 6-21 overall and to 1-12 in league play.
The Jackrabbits closed the first half on a 14-3 run to take a 41-21 lead into the locker room at halftime, and then extended the run to 21-3 early in the second half to push the lead to 48-21 with 17 minutes, 50 seconds left in the game.
SDSU lead by as many as 40 points on two occasions late in the game in salting away the team's school record 29th consecutive home win and second straight 20-win season.