Five game road trip starts at North Dakota
The season-long five game road trip continues at Kansas City on Dec. 28 and continues on Jan. 3, at Buffalo in the final non-conference game of the season. The end of the road trip coincides with the start of Summit League play, which begins at IUPUI on Jan. 9, followed by a game at Fort Wayne on Jan. 11.
The Jackrabbits hit the road in search of their first road win of the season and after a convincing 75-56 win over Wayne State College on Wednesday at Frost Arena. Jordan Dykstra led a trio of Jackrabbits in double figures with 18 points, adding a game-high eight rebounds. Both Cody Larson and Brayden Carlson scored with 16 points, with Larson adding five rebounds and a game-high three blocks. Chad White scored five points and added a season-high five assists in the win, which boosts the Jacks home record to 6-1.
North Dakota enters Saturday’s game following a dominating 78-32 win over Presentation College on Sunday in Grand Forks.
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 a broadcast on Sunday at 11 p.m. on KELOLAND-TV.
THE JACKRABBITS ON TWITTER
Jackrabbit Athletics: @SDSU_Jacks
Jackrabbit Men’s Basketball: @JackrabbitHoops
THE JACKRABBITS ON FACEBOOK
Jackrabbit Athletics: SDSU Jackrabbit Nation
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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. He posted five double-doubles in 11 games this season pushing his all-time total to 16. Cody Larson posted his first career double-double vs. Southwest Minnesota State on Nov. 18, added a second vs. Howard on Nov. 25 and a third on Dec. 4 vs. Dakota State.
FIVE IN DOUBLE FIGURES – Five Jackrabbits scored at least 10 points in the Jacks win over Southwest Minnesota State on both Nov. 18, marking the first time that’s happened since Feb. 2, 2013, when five did so at Kansas City. Five players scored at least 10 points again on Dec. 14 in the Jacks 85-72 win over Belmont.
HEATING UP – The Jackrabbits set season-highs for team overall shooting percentage in each of the last two games. SDSU shot a season-high 57.4 percent from the floor on 27 of 47 shooting in a win over Belmont on Dec. 14, only to top that mark by going 27 of 45, 60 percent in a win over Wayne State on Wednesday. As a team, the Jacks shot above 50 percent from the floor two other times this season; 52.5 percent against Southwest Minnesota State on Nov. 18 and 56.4 percent against Dakota State on Dec. 4. SDSU won all four of those games.
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 14th all-time with 1,366 points in his career. He needs 33 more points to crack the top-10.
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 Saturday’s game with 164, good for seventh all-time at SDSU, two shy of passing former teammate Griffan Callahan 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 33rd all-time with 1,078 points, but needs just 21 points to move up six spots on the list.
WHITE CLIMBS CAREER 3-POINT FG CHARTS – Chad White entered the 2013-14 season with 169 career 3-point field goals, good for fifth all-time at SDSU. He needs four more triples to move into fourth place all-time.
CARLSON EYES 1,000-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 177 points to reach the 1,000 point milestone, or just under 10 points per game for the rest of the season.
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 .457 percent, Chad White ranks fifth with a .416 mark from deep, while Brayden Carlson enters the game ranked seventh all-time with a .398 career mark from long range.
NORTH DAKOTA (3-6, 3-0 HOME) – Picked to finish third in the Big Sky Preseason Media Poll and second in the coaches poll, North Dakota opened the season snapped a five game losing streak in its last outing with a dominant 78-32 win over Presentation College in Grand Forks, N.D.
The five game skid started after an impressive 95-77 home win over North Dakota State on Nov. 24, and includes a trio of losses at the Global Sports Hardwood Classic in Eugene, Ore., to Cal Poly, Oregon and Pacific. The last two losses in the streak came at Butler on Dec. 7, and at Bowling Green on Dec. 11.
THE SERIES vs. NORTH DAKOTA – North Dakota leads the all-time series 104-80. SDSU won the last meeting 71-70 on Nov. 28, 2012, when Chad White hit a 3-pointer at the final buzzer. UND downed the Jacks 89-70 in the last meeting in Grand Forks on Dec. 15, 2011.
THE LAST MEETING: Dec. 28, 2004, Frost Arena – For the fourth time this season, a South Dakota State basketball game came down to the final shot, and for the second time this season, that last shot fell in favor of the Jackrabbits, both times off the hands of Chad White.
Trailing 70-68 with 12 seconds left against North Dakota, the Jacks took the ball up the floor, where it ended up in White’s hands with time ticking down. The junior from Madison took an off balance shot from the left corner and it fell in as the buzzer sounded, sealing the Jacks 20th straight home win.
The Jackrabbits jumped out to a 10-0 lead, but quickly went cold after a North Dakota time out. UND proceeded to shoot 56 percent in the first half on 14-of-25 shooting, and took a 38-32 lead into the locker room at halftime.
SDSU, on the other hand, shot 33 percent in the first half on 9-of-27 shooting, including a 2-for-9 effort from three-point range.
The game evened out a bit in the second half, which saw six of the eight ties and 13 of the 14 lead changes.
Down by two at 70-68 after a Tony Fiegen layup with 1:01 on the clock, the Jacks got a stop on defense, but turned the ball over with 12 seconds left, which forced them to foul UND, which missed the front end of the 1-and-1. Fiegen grabbed the rebound, and the Jacks went the length of the floor looking for the final shot.
North Dakota defended the final play well, forcing White to take a less than open shot, but he made it, sending the 3,055 Frost Arena faithful into a frenzy.
White finished with nine points in the win. Both Nate Wolters and Jordan Dykstra finished with 21. Wolters added six assists and five rebounds, while Dykstra finished with a game-high eight rebounds. Fiegen added 14 points despite sitting much of the game in foul trouble.
Josh Schuler led four UND players in double figures with 13 points. Doug Archer added 12, while both Mitch Wilmer and Jamal Webb finished with 11 points.
NEXT UP FOR THE JACKRABBITS – SDSU’s season-long five game road trip continues with a game at Kansas City on Saturday, Dec. 28, a game that can be seen live in the Kansas City Area on KSMO-TV.
The Jackrabbits begin the new year with a game at Buffalo on Jan. 3, 2014, a return game from the 2011 ESPN BracketBuster game played at Frost Arena.