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Jacks and ‘Dons clash in Summit semifinals

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 03/10/2014 14:23:58
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The two-time defending Summit League Tournament Champions and current No. 3 seed South Dakota State beat No. 6 seed Western Illinois 71-50 on Sunday to advance to the tournament semifinals on Monday for the fifth time in six years and for the fourth year in a row.

The win earned the Jacks a chance to face No. 2 seed Fort Wayne at 8:30 p.m., after the Mastodons dismantled No. 7 seed IUPUI on Saturday by a score of 85-47 to earn a trip to the semifinals.

This marks the fourth overall meeting between the two teams in Summit League tournament play and the second straight year the Jacks and ‘Dons meet for a chance to advance to the finals. SDSU won last year by a 72-56 score, and went on to defeat North Dakota State in the championship game and earn a second straight NCAA Tournament appearance.

Fort Wayne won the first tournament meeting on 2010, downing the Jacks 71-66 in the quarterfinals. The teams met again in the quarterfinals the next year, with the Jacks coming away with an 85-75 win.

NEXT UP FOR THE JACKRABBITS – No. 3 seed SDSU plays No. 1 seed North Dakota State or No. 4 seed Denver in the tournament finals on Tuesday at 8 p.m.

For all the latest and up-to-date information, log onto Jackrabbit Tournament Central on GoJacks.com

JACKRABBIT QUICK HITS

• Larson’s team-high streak of double figure scoring for SDSU ended vs. Western Illinois at seven games
• Dykstra holds the longest streak of double figure scoring for SDSU at five games
• Dykstra became the third Jackrabbit in history with 1,500 points and 800 rebounds in a career vs. Denver on Feb. 27
• Carlson and Dykstra became the first CoSIDA Academic All-Americans for SDSU men’s basketball since 2000

• Carlson played at least 35 minutes in 23 of the team’s 30 games this season
• Carlson fell out of the SDSU career top-10 in 3-point field goal percentage vs. Western Illinois
• SDSU finished at least +10 in rebounding margin in nine of the last 10 games
• All four seniors scored in double figures for the first time this season vs. Western Illinois on Sunday
• The Jackrabbits scored a season-high 28 bench points vs. Western Illinois on Sunday
• Heemstra scored SDSU’s only 18 bench points over three games until a Horstman dunk last night in the second half
• 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

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NOTEWORTHY

CoSIDA ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICANS – Both Brayden Carlson and Jordan Dykstra earned Capital One, CoSIDA Academic All-American honors on Feb. 20, making them the first SDSU men’s basketball players to earn the honor since 2000. Carlson earned a first team selection, with Dykstra making the second team. 

THREE JACKS EARN ALL-LEAGUE HONORS – South Dakota State landed a trio of players on the All-Summit League teams, with Jordan Dykstra earning a spot on the first team and Brayden Carlson and Cody Larson earned spots on the second team. Larson also played his way onto the all-newcomer team. The second team honors mark the first for both Larson and Carlson, while Dykstra earned a first team selection for the first time after a pair of second team selections following his sophomore and junior seasons.

DOUBLE-DOUBLES –Three Jackrabbits combined for 15 double-doubles on the season. Jordan Dykstra led the Jacks, and The Summit League, with eight during the regular season and added a ninth against Western Illinois on Sunday, which also marked his first postseason double-double. Cody Larson finished the regular season with five and Jake Bittle one. Dykstra and Larson both posted double-doubles in wins over Southwest Minnesota State and Howard, while Larson and Bittle both finished with one at Omaha.

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 eight games this season. As a team, one Jackrabbit scored at least 20 points in 17 of team’s 30 games, with at least two players scoring 20 points in two games.

FIVE IN DOUBLE FIGURES – The Jacks put five players in double figures in three games this season, all at home and all wins; vs. Southwest Minnesota State on Nov. 18, vs. Belmont on Dec. 14 and vs. South Dakota on March 1.

DYKSTRA CRACKS TOP-FIVE ON 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 entered the 2013-14 season ranked 23rd all-time at SDSU with 1,149 points. He cracked the career top-10 on Jan. 9 at IUPUI and enters tonight’s game ranked fifth all-time at SDSU with 1,636 points.

DYKSTRA CRACKS TOP-FIVE ON REBOUNDS LIST – Dykstra joined an elite group of Jackrabbits on Jan. 11 at Fort Wayne, when he became the fourth player in school history to rank in the top-10 in points and rebounds in a career. He became just the third player in SDSU history with at least 1,500 points and 800 rebounds in a career in the Jacks win over Denver on Feb. 27, when he grabbed his 800th career rebound, and enters tonight’s game ranked fourth all-time at SDSU with 827 rebounds.

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 188, good for sixth all-time.

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 21st all-time with 1,224 points.

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 vs. Western Illinois on Jan. 16. He now ranks third all-time with 227 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 28th all-time at SDSU with 1,106 points, eight shy of moving up two spots to 26th all-time.

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 .445 percent and Chad White ranks fifth with a .410 mark from deep. Brayden Carlson fell out of the career top-10 after going 1-for-5 from deep vs. Western Illinois on Sunday. All three players also rank in the SDSU career top-10 in career 3-pointers made; White ranks third with 227, Dykstra sixth with 188 and Carlson tied for ninth all-time with 155.

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.

TONIGHT’S OPPONENT

FORT WAYNE MASTODONS (23-9, 10-4 Summit) – Picked to finish sixth in The Summit League Preseason Poll, the Mastodons finished in a tie for second in the final league standings with South Dakota State, but owned the tiebreaker because of a win over top seed North Dakota State in the regular season.

IPFW advanced to the league semifinals with a dominating 85-47 win over No. 7 seed IUPUI in the quarterfinals on Saturday.

THE SERIES vs. FORT WAYNE – The Jackrabbits lead the all-time series 12-9 after the teams split this season, with each team winning on its home floor. The Jackrabbits lead the all-time series in Summit League Tournament play 2-1.

IPFW won the first tournament meeting 71-66 in 2010 as a No. 5 seed. The Jacks returned the favor in 2011 with a 85-75 win over the No. 4 seeded Mastodons. The Jacks also won a semifinal matchup last season as a No. 1 seed over the No. 5 seeded ‘Dons by a 72-56 score.     

THE FIRST MEETING OF THE SEASON; JAN. 11, 2014; 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, which snapped 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 the locker room.

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 by nine points at 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 SECOND MEETING OF THE SEASON; FEB. 6, 2014; South Dakota State celebrated Military Appreciation Night at Frost Arena with a dominating 79-51 win over Summit League front-runner Fort Wayne while wearing new camouflage uniforms.

Both teams came out hot, and made it look like the game may be a shootout, but the Jackrabbit defense buckled down, holding the visitors to 35 percent shooting for the game, 19 of 54, and held them to 29.6 percent in the second half on 8 of 27 shooting.

“I didn’t like the way the game started, we gave them their first three baskets, and then from there we started to play defense, and really our defense tonight led to everything else; it led to energy on the glass, it led to passing the ball extremely well, shooting the ball well. The kids did a good job of executing the game plan” head coach Scott Nagy said. “I loved our offense tonight, it had a good pace to it, we changed few things from the last time we played them and it really worked for us, but defense was the answer for us.”

Offensively, the Jackrabbits shot 56 percent in the fist half, going 18 of 32 from the floor, including a 5 for 6 mark from 3-point range. For the game, SDSU went 31 of 62 from the floor overall, and 10 of 19 from long distance, 52.6 percent.

After a pair of ties and four early lead changes, the Jacks took the lead for good on a Brayden Carlson layup with 14 minutes, 5 seconds left in the first half that put SDSU up 13-12, part of a 15-5 run that ended with the Jacks up 26-17 with 9:46 left in the first half.

IPFW scored first in the second half to cut the lead to 11 points, but SDSU fired back with a 27-7 run that put the Jacks up 31 points, and put the game all but out of reach for the Mastodons.

Jordan Dykstra finished with a game-high 18 points, adding a season-high four assists and five rebounds. Cody Larson added 17 points and five rebounds, while Chad White pitched in with 15 points in going 5 for 7 from 3-point range. Carlson finished with seven points and six rebounds, with Marcus Heemstra adding six points and a game-high seven rebounds.

SDSU finished plus 12 on the glass, 42-30, with a 15-11 advantage in offensive rebounds, which resulted in 13 second chance points for SDSU, compared to four from IPFW.

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