‘Rabbits roll IUPUI for 20th win
South Dakota State ran away with its 20th win of the season on Saturday night at Frost Arena, using a balanced offensive attack and stifling defense to cruise to an 82-45 win over IUPUI.
"Tonight we were good defensively. I would've been easy to look ahead to Saturday, but our players didn't do that," head coach Scott Nagy said. "We had good focus to us tonight and defensively we were super sharp, and the nice thing is that we're starting to shoot the ball like I though we would at the beginning of the year."
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.
The Jackrabbits return to action on Saturday in the 41st Annual Pork Classic against league-leading Western Illinois. The Jacks also plan to honor seniors Tony Fiegen and Wolters in a ceremony after the game.
The Jacks and Fighting Leathernecks tip at 4:05 p.m. from Frost Arena.
NOTES: SDSU improves to 7-6 all-time against IUPUI, with wins in each of the last six meetings ... the Jacks and Jags played in front of a crowd of 2,834 fans at Frost Arena ... SDSU wins 20 games in back-to-back seasons for the first time since doing so in the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons ... SDSU held an opponent to few than 50 points for the second time this season (48, vs. District of Columbia on Nov. 18) ... Dykstra's 14 points gives him 1,049 for his career, which moves him from 35th all-time at SDSU to 34th, while his 15 rebounds tops his previous career-high of 14, set on Jan. 31, 2013 vs. South Dakota ... SDSU improves to 6-0 this season when Dykstra records a double-double ... Wolters scored in double figures for the 64th straight game and for the 107th time in his career ... Wolters increases his school record for points to 2,192 and his school record for assists to 611