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Jacks host Montana in 2013-14 home opener

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 11/13/2013 15:21:46
The South Dakota State men’s basketball team opens the home schedule, and puts their Division I-best 30 game home winning streak on the line against the Montana Grizzlies on Thursday

The Jackrabbits return home after dropping a pair of contests last weekend at the USD Classic, hosted by the University of San Diego at the Jenny Craig Pavilion in San Diego.

SDSU got career-high scoring from Jake Bittle and Marcus Heemstra, but the Jackrabbits came up on the short end of a 74-70 game against San Diego in both teams’ season-opener at the USD Classic on Friday.

Bittle finished with 18 points and Heemstra 16, and the Jacks got 12 from Brayden Carlson, but he fouled out with 1 minute, 17 seconds left to play and SDSU leading 70-69. 

The Jacks got a double-double from Jordan Dykstra and a total of four Jackrabbits scored in double figures on Saturday, but three Loyola Marymount players scored at least 20 points, as the Lions sent the Jacks to 0-2 on the season with a 98-89 win at the USD Classic.

Dykstra tied for game-high honors with 22 points and led all players with 11 rebounds for his first double-double of the season and 12th of his career before fouling out with 17 seconds left. Carlson scored 19 points, Chad White 18 and Bittle 10 points in the loss.

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 broadcasts on Sunday at 11 p.m. on KELOLAND-TV and on Fox Sports North on Tuesdays at 6 p.m.

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NOTEWORTHY

HOME OPENERS – The Jackrabbits own a 15-3 overall record in season-opening games under head coach Scott Nagy, with a 6-3 mark in season-openers in the Division I era.

The Jacks beat Tennessee State by a 78-71 score in last year’s season opener on Nov. 13. 

PERFECT AT HOME – The Jackrabbits entered the 2012-13 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 as a junior in 2012-13, including four of the last nine games of the season.

ON THE RECORD

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, but already moved up to 22nd all-time and is just three points shy of passing John Thomas (1,178 points from 1966-69) for 21st all-time at SDSU.

DYKSTRA CLOSES IN ON 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. He now needs just three to tie Andy Moeller (147 3-pointers from 2000-04) for 10th on the all-time list.

WHITE CLOSES IN ON 1,OOO-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 should reach the milestone early in his senior season, making him the fifth Jackrabbit to join the club that scored all of his points at the Division I level. He needs 36 points to join the club.

WHITE CLIMBS CAREER 3-POINT FG CHARTSChad White entered the 2013-14 season with 169 career 3-point field goals, good for fifth all-time at SDSU. With 173 now for his career, he needs 25 more to pass Randy Suarez (197 3-point FGs from 1986-89) for fourth all-time. White made 75 triples last year as a junior.

CARLSON EYES 1,OOO-POINT CLUB – Senior Brayden Carlson scored just 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 313 points to rech 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 .459 percent, Chad White ranks third with a .431 mark from deep, while Brayden Carlson enters the week with a .401 career mark from long range, good for seventh all-time at SDSU.

TONIGHT’S OPPONENT

MONTANA GRIZZLES (0-1, 0-1 AWAY) – Picked to finish second in the Big Sky Preseason Media Poll behind Weber State, and third in the preseason coaches poll behind both Weber State and North Dakota, the Grizzlies entered the season after posting 25-7 overall records in each of the last two seasons and a combined conference record of 34-2, with a trip to the NCAA Tournament following both seasons.

The Griz, who opened the season with an 84-58 loss at Minnesota on Tuesday, return three starters and nine letterwinners from last year’s squad, including 6-5 senior guard/forward Kareem Jamar, who earned Big Sky Conference MVP honors last year after averaging more than 14 rebounds per game as a junior.   

THE SERIES vs. MONTANA – The Grizzlies lead the all-time series 3-1, with wins in each of the first three meetings. The Jackrabbits won the last meeting 68-67 in double overtime on Dec. 15, 2012 in Missoula, Mont.

THE LAST MEETING: Dec. 15, 2012; Missoula, Mont. – South Dakota State used 22 second chance points to overcome 19 lead changes, 12 ties and 3,408 raucous fans in a 68-67 double overtime win over Big Sky favorite Montana at Dahlberg Arena in Missoula, Mont.

The Jackrabbits won the battle of the boards 47-34, including a 15-4 edge on the offensive glass, which they needed to overcome a rough shooting night, as they shot 37.7 percent for the game on 26-of-69 shooting.

After holding Montana to 38.5 percent shooting in the first half on 10-of-26 shooting, which resulted in a 25-22 SDSU lead at halftime, the Griz come out in the second half and shot 52.4 percent, converting on 11 of their 21 shots from the field.

The Jacks tightened their grip, however, in the overtimes, holding to Montana to 36.4 percent from the field (4-of-11), while shooting 35.7 percent (5-of-14).

Trailing by one with 12 seconds left in regulation, Montana’s Mike Weisner missed his first of two free throws, but made the second to tie the game at 53. Nate Wolters missed a three at the buzzer, sending the game into overtime.

SDSU scored the first six points of the extra frame, but it came down to free throws again, this time by Kareem Jamar, who went to the line with five seconds left and the Jacks up 59-58. He made the first one, but missed the second. The Griz got the offensive rebound, but Keron DeShields’ 3-pointer at the buzzer missed its mark, sending the game to a second overtime tied at 59.

Just like the end of regulation and the end of the first overtime, the second extra period came down to free throws, this time by the Jackrabbits and senior captain Tony Fiegen, with the 8.9 seconds on the clock and the Jacks down 66-67.

Fiegen made them both to give SDSU the lead, and Brayden Carlson came through with a steal at the other end to seal the win.

Fiegen finished the game with 13 points and a career-high 13 rebounds for his first-career double-double. Jordan Dykstra led the Jackrabbits with 16 points and a game-high 10 rebounds for his second double-double of the season.

Despite not scoring in the first half since his freshman year, Nate Wolters scored 15 points, moving into second place on the SDSU all-time scoring charts in the process. He also added nine rebounds and five assists. Carlson added 10 points and four rebounds for the Jacks in the win.

Mathias Ward led a trio of Grizzlies in double figures with 17 points. Jamar added 16 and Weisner 13 points in the loss.

NEXT UP FOR THE JACKRABBITS – SDSU hosts Southwest Minnesota State on Monday at 7 p.m. at Frost Arena, and then hits the road for a game at Texas Tech on Thursday, Nov. 21, in Lubbock, Texas.

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