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Jacks host league leader IPFW to start second half

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 02/05/2014 16:14:59
South Dakota State starts the second half of The Summit League schedule tonight against first half leader Fort Wayne with a 4-3 league record, but within striking distance of the Mastodons, who posted a 6-1 mark through the first half of league play, including a 82-75 win over the Jacks on Jan. 11 in Fort Wayne.

The Jackrabbits return home to start the second half after a pair of dramatic wins last weekend on the road, coming from behind to beat Denver 74-73, and hanging on to beat South Dakota 70-68.

Down by 10 points with less than 10 minutes to play at Denver on Thursday, the Jacks battled back, and got 14 points from Jordan Dykstra over the last 2 minutes, 51 seconds of the game, including eight points in the final 17 seconds to secure the 74-73, come-from-behind win over the Pioneers.

The Jacks led early on Saturday at South Dakota, but trailed by one at halftime. SDSU came out hot and built a 15 point lead midway through the second half, and then held off a furious Coyote rally at the end to hang on for a 70-68 win.

Brayden Carlson scored 22 points the win and became the 45th Jackrabbit to join the SDSU 1,000-Point Club in the game, while Dykstra, who earned Summit League Player of the Week honors on Monday, added 16 points and a game-high 11 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the season.

NEXT UP FOR THE JACKRABBITS – SDSU remains at home on Saturday to host IUPUI in the 42nd Annual Pork Classic. The Jacks and Jags tip at 4 p.m., with the pork barbeque starting at 2 p.m. on the track in Frost Arena.   

JACKRABBIT QUICK HITS

• Carlson scored at least 20 points seven times this season, all in the last 11 games
• Carlson averaged 19.4 points per game over the last 11 games
• Carlson became the 45the member of the SDSU 1,000-Point Club at South Dakota
Jordan Dykstra reached the 1,000 point milestone in the last game vs. South Dakota, 1/31/13 at Frost Arena
• With 148 career 3-pointers, Carlson needs three 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 now holds the longest active streak of double figure scoring for SDSU with eight in a row
• Dykstra made 32 consecutive free throws from Jan. 9-Feb. 1 before missing his 33rd attempt at South Dakota
• Garrett Callahan made 35 straight free throws over 11 games from Jan. 29-March 7, 2009
• The Jackrabbits enter the game with a 3-1 mark in league road games and 1-2 in league home games
• SDSU enters a game with a trio of 1,000 point scorers for the first time since Feb. 27, 2010, when Garrett Callahan, Kai Williams and Clint Sargent all played with at least 1,000 career points.

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NOTEWORTHY

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 11 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 11 games. As a team, one Jackrabbit scored at least 20 points in 15 of team’s 22 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 tonight’s game ranked sixth all-time at SDSU with 1,515 points, 20 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 tonight’s game ranked sixth all-time at SDSU with 765 rebounds, 39 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 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 ranked 24th all-time with 1,155 points, eight points shy of 23rd 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 209 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 tonight’s game ranked 45th all-time at SDSU, but needs just 10 points to climb five spots on the list.

CARLSON NEARS TOP-10 IN CAREER 3-POINTERS – Carlson enters tonight’s game with 148 career 3-pointers, three 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 .448 percent, Chad White ranks fifth with a .412 mark from deep, while Brayden Carlson enters the game ranked seventh all-time with a .402 career mark from long range.

THREE IN 1,000-POINT CLUB – The Jacks start a game with three 1,000 point scorers for the first time since Feb. 27, 2010, a game after Clint Sargent joined Garrett Callahan and Kai Williams in the 1,000-Point Club. Prior to that game, 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.

TONIGHT’S OPPONENT

FORT WAYNE MASTODONS (18-6, 6-1 Summit) – Picked to finish sixth in the preseason poll, the Mastodons finished the first half of the league schedule with a league-best 6-1 mark, with it’s lone blemish coming at South Dakota on Jan. 18. The hot start also includes home wins over preseason favorite North Dakota State in the league opener and a win over the Jackrabbits, picked to finish third in the preseason poll.

IPFW also picked up a win at Denver, the team picked to finish second in the league’s preseason poll.

THE SERIES vs. FORT WAYNE – The Jackrabbits lead the all-time series 11-9 after winning all three meetings last season, making it eight wins in a row for the Jackrabbits, including a 72-56 win in The Summit League Championships semifinals on March 11, 2013. IPFW snapped the streak at eight in a row with a win over the Jacks in the first meeting of the season in Fort Wayne.

THE FIRST MEETING OF THE SEASON; Jan. 11, 2013; Gates Sports Center – FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Brayden Carlson scored a career-high 24 points, but South Dakota State came up the short end of an 82-75 game at Fort Wayne, snapping the Jackrabbits five game overall winning streak and eight game winning streak against the Mastodons.

“We’ve had a pretty good run with these guys, our players knew about it, we knew they were gonna come after us, and they did we just didn’t respond,” head coach Scott Nagy said. “I think when you look at offensive rebounds alone; we had four, they had 12. Rebounds was 26 to 39, the points in the paint, those are all the tough stats and they won all of them, we didn’t deserve to win the game.”

IPFW outscored the Jackrabbits 42-16 in the paint and scored 16 points off the Jacks 13 turnovers, while SDSU scored six points off eight IPFW turnovers.

Jacks scored the first five points of the game, but IPFW scored next eight, part of a 12-2 run that gave the Mastodons a 17-9 lead with 12 minutes, 4 seconds left in the first half.

Carlson stopped the bleeding with one of his three first half 3-pointers, the last of which tied the game at 42 with 1:20 to play in the frame. IPFW scored the final bucket of the half to take a 44-42 lead into halftime.

The Mastodons scored the first five points of the second half to extend their run to 7-0, but SDSU came back with a 10-0 run, highlighted by a Jordan Dykstra dunk that gave SDSU a 50-49 lead and capped by a Carlson jumper on the next possession that gave SDSU a 53-49 lead, and its first lead since the opening minutes.

IPFW regained the lead at 53-52 with 15:51 left in the game, and four more lead changes followed over the next three minutes before the ‘Dons went up for good on a Pierre Bland layup with 13:31 to play.

Down 79-70 with under a minute to play, SDSU cut the lead to four points on a pair of Chad White free throws with 29 seconds left, but the home team made their free throws down the stretch to secure the win.

Along with Carlson and his 24 points, the Jacks got 18 from Dykstra and 12 points each from both White and Cody Larson, who added a game-high eight rebounds.

Luis Jacobo tied for game-high honors and led four Mastodons in double figures with 24 points. Steve Forbes added16, with Mo Evans and Joe Reed finishing with 11 points each.

THE MASTODONS THE LAST TIME OUT: Feb. 1, vs. Western Illinois – FORT WAYNE, Ind. - IPFW used a steady dose of defense and a strong presence on the offensive glass to top Western Illinois 77-64. With the win, the Mastodons climbed into the top spot in the Summit League standings at 6-1 in league play.

The win - which improved IPFW to 18-6 on the year - also ties the school record for NCAA Division I victories, tying the 2010-11 squad, which finished the year with an 18-12 overall record.

Luis Jacobo scored a game-high 23 points, hitting 6-of-10 from long range, while Steve Forbes scored 18 and Joe Reed 10. Forbes pulled down a team-best six rebounds, while Mo Evans dished out a career-high five assists.

The Mastodons held the Leathernecks without a field goal for the final 5:13 of the second half, turning a one-point lead into nine at halftime, while pulling down 12 offensive rebounds - eight of those in the second half.

Western Illinois jumped on the scoreboard first 30 seconds into the game, before the Mastodons scored the next seven points and never trailed again. With IPFW leading by eight at 17-9, the Leathernecks fought back, using a 16-8 run to tie the score at 25.

WIU trailed by one after an Adam Link 3-point play with 5:13 left in the first half, but would not hit another field goal in the first half, as the Mastodons pushed ahead to a nine-point lead with a half-ending 12-4 run.

IPFW’s 41 points in the first half are the second-most points that the Leathernecks have given up in the opening 20 minutes this season, and is one more point than the Mastodons scored over the entire 40 minutes in the last meeting between the teams (a 43-40 Western Illinois win).

A 3-pointer by Jacobo a minute into the second half put IPFW ahead by 11 at 44-33 before the Leathernecks started their slow climb back. A 6-0 WIU run closed the gap to four, as the visitors climbed back to within as few as two points on three separate occasions in the second half.

After a Garret Covington 3-pointer closed the WIU deficit to two with 6:42 to play, IPFW opened an 8-1 run to take the margin to nine, capped by a 3-pointer from Joe Edwards. The lead reached its high mark at 13 when Forbes slammed home a dunk with 17 seconds left in the game to close the door on the 13-point, 77-64 win.

IPFW out-rebounded Western Illinois 32-19 in the game, including a 12-to-3 margin on the offensive glass. The 13 rebound margin between the teams tied the largest margin for IPFW this season.

Covington scored a team-best 18 points for Western Illinois, while Adam Link scored 13 and pulled down five rebounds.

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