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Jacks go for 20th win against IUPUI

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 02/15/2013 14:29:51
South Dakota State opens its final homestand of the night tonight against IUPUI at 7:05 p.m., in search of its 20th win of the season, which would give the Jackrabbits back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since the 2002-03-2003-04 seasons. A win would also give head coach Scott Nagy is 10th 20-win season in 18 years on the SDSU bench.

The Jacks come in with a 19-7 record overall, 10-3 in The Summit League after falling at Oakland last Saturday, while IUPUI comes to Frost Arena with a 6-20 overall record, with just one win in league play and riding a 10-game losing streak.

THE LAST TIME OUT; Feb. 9, at Oakland: ROCHESTER, Mich. - Nate Wolters followed Thursday's 53-point game with a 36 point outing on Saturday, and broke the SDSU career assists record in the process, but Oakland shot at 53 percent clip from beyond the arc, going 16-of-30 from deep in an 88-83 Golden Grizzlies win.

Wolters added six rebounds and seven assists, which gives him an SDSU career-record 609 assists for his career, breaking the mark of 605, set by Brian Norberg from 1995-99.

The loss snaps an eight game winning streak by the Jackrabbits and drops their record to 19-7 overall and to 10-3 in The Summit League. Oakland's fifth win in a row evens its record to 13-13 overall and to 8-4 in the league.

The game featured a total of 17 lead changes, 14 of which came in the first half, before the Jackrabbits used a 13-2 run at the end of the half turn a seven point deficit into a 42-38 halftime lead.

Oakland came out hot in the second half and took the lead for good at 49-47 on a Valentine layup, and-1, with 17:10 left in the game.

The Jacks would force the last of seven tie scores on a pair of Wolters free throws with 12 minutes to play, but Valentine answered with a 3-pointer on the other end 17 seconds later to put the Golden Grizzlies up for good.

Wolters' 36 points and seven assists led all players in the game. Chad White added a season-high 21 pints, Brayden Carlson finished with 11 and Tony Fiegen 10 points in the loss. Jordan Dykstra finished with five points, but tied for game-high honors with 11 rebounds.

Bader led four OU players in double figures with 31 points, including a 9-for-16 night from long distance. Mondy added 26, Valentine 12 and Dante Williams 10 points. Corey Petros led the Grizzlies with 11 rebounds.

Three-pointers and turnovers made the difference, as Oakland finished the night 16-of-30 from deep, 53 percent, while the Jacks went 10-for-27, 37 percent. OU won the turnover battle 14-4, scoring 18 points off of SDSU turnovers, while the Jacks scored 10 points off of four OU miscues. 

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 five stations throughout South Dakota on the Jackrabbit Sports Network.

- 570 AM - WNAX - Yankton                                    
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- 1060 AM - KGFX - Pierre                                       
- 1480 AM KSDR - Watertown
- 1490 AM - KORN - Mitchell

Pierre, S.D., native, and 2012 South Dakota Sportscaster of the Year, Tyler Merriam returns for his second season as the voice of Jackrabbit men's basketball. He also serves as the voice of Jackrabbit football.

THE JACKRABBIT EXTRA - Subscribers to the Jackrabbit Extra on GoJacks.com watch every SDSU home game and select road games streaming live on the internet. In addition, subscribers can listen to every game, home and on the road, streaming live on the internet. 

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THE JACKRABBIT INSIDER ON FOX - 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 KTTW FOX 17 at 10:30 p.m., and can also be seen on Fox Sports North at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays.

NOTEWORTHY

DOWN TO THE WIRE - The Jackrabbits lost the season opener at Alabama on a 3-point buzzer beater and lost at Hofstra on Nov. 16 on a 3-pointer with three seconds left.

The Jacks turned the tables on Nov. 17 vs. Marshall, as Chad White hit a 3-pointer with two seconds left to lift SDSU to a win. White did it again on Nov. 28, hitting an off-balance 3-pointer as the horn sounded to give the Jacks a 71-70 win over North Dakota.

The Jacks added a double overtime thriller to the mix on Dec. 15 at Montana, when Tony Fiegen sank two free throws with nine seconds left in the second overtime, the last of 19 lead changes in the 68-67 SDSU win.

So far this season, SDSU played a total of seven games decided by three or fewer points, posting an 3-4 record in those games.

WOLTERS ON MULTIPLE AWARDS WATCH LISTS - The only player in Division I men's basketball to average at least 20 points, five rebounds and five assists per game in 2011-12 put senior Nate Wolters on the national map, which led him earning a place on multiple award watch lists.

- Named on the Wooden Midseason Top-25 - WoodenAward.com
- Lute Olson preseason All-America selection - LuteOlsonAward.com
- Bob Cousy Award Final 12 Candidate - HoopHall.com

ELITE COMPANY - Nate Wolters entered the week on pace to become the first player since the NCAA began keeping assists as an official statistic (1983-84) to average 20 points, five assists and five rebounds in two separate seasons. In 2011-12, he averaged 21.2 points, 5.9 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game and became the fifth to achieve a 20-5-5 season. Wolters' 2012-13 pace could allow him to reach an elite group with a 20-points, six-assist and five rebound average, a feat he missed by just one assist in 2011-12 only two other players in NCAA history achieved.

- Nate Wolters (South Dakota State), 2011-12 - 21.2 ppg, 5.9 apg, 5.1 rpg
- Norris Cole (Cleveland State), 2010-11 -  21.7 ppg, 5.3, apg, 5.8 rpg
- Evan Turner (Ohio State), 2009-10 -  20.4 ppg, 6.0 apg, 9.2 rpg
- Ricky Minard (Morehead State), 2003-04 -  21.8 ppg, 5.1 apg, 7.3 rpg
- Speedy Claxton (Hofstra), 1999-2000 -  22.8 ppg, 6.0 apg, 5.4 rpg

WOLTERS ERUPTS! - In the Jacks 80-74 win at Fort Wayne on Feb. 7, Wolters set SDSU single-game records with 53 points and with nine 3-pointers. In addition to those marks, the 53-point performance marks the third-highest in Summit League history, trailing only North Dakota State's Ben Woodside (60 vs. Stephen F. Austin, Dec. 12, 2008) and UMKC's Michael Watson (54 vs. Oral Roberts, Feb. 22, 2003), but does represent the highest single-game total in league history in a regulation game. It also represents the hightest single game total in NCAA Division I this season.

PERFECT AT HOME - The Jackrabbits entered the season with 17 straight home wins, and with 11 in a row at home this season, set the school and Summit League record for consecutive home wins with 28.  The Jacks home winning streak ranks second in the nation behind Syracuse with 36. 

SEVEN IN DOUBLE FIGURES - All 10 Jackrabbits scored at least one point in the Jacks 96-48 win over UDC, seven of which reached double figures. Taévaunn Prince led the way with 13 points, Jordan Dykstra, Nate Wolters, Zach Horstman, Chad White and Marcus Heemstra all scored 12 and Tony Fiegen 10 points in the win.

DYKSTRA DOUBLES UP - After posting a single double-double in each of his first two seasons, junior Jordan Dykstra posted double-doubles in five games this season, including 16 points and 10 rebounds in the double overtime win at Montana, a 10 point, 10 rebound game in the Jacks upset at New Mexico, a 22 point, 13 rebound game against Oakland and an 18 point, career-high 14 rebound game against South Dakota on Jan. 31.

A FIRST FOR THE JACKRABBITS - South Dakota State's victory at previously unbeaten and No. 16 ranked New Mexico on Dec. 22, marked SDSU's first victory over a ranked opponent at the Division I level and gave The Summit League its first win over a ranked team this season. The Jackrabbits lost their first seven games against ranked opponents in Division I.

ON THE RECORD

WOLTERS SETS SCORING RECORDS - Nate Wolters became the 42nd member of the SDSU 1,000-Point Club in a win over Sam Houston State on Nov. 22, 2011, and set then set the school record for points in a career on Jan. 5 at South Dakota, when he broke Mark Tetzlaff's 28 year-old record in the DakotaDome. In addition to the career record, Wolters set the SDSU single game scoring record with a 53-point outburst at Fort Wayne on Thursday, when he also set the SDSU single-game record with nine 3-pointers.

WOLTERS JOINS 2,000-POINT CLUB - Wolters scored 1,628 points in his first three years as a Jackrabbit, including the SDSU sophomore record with 604 points and the junior record with 721 points. He entered his senior season 372 points shy of becoming the first member of the SDSU 2,000-Point Club, which he accomplished with a 22 point game in a win at Western Illinois on Jan. 17. 

WOLTERS SETS FREE THROWS RECORD - Adding to his legacy, Wolters tied the SDSU career free throws made record 532 at Kansas City on Jan. 3, and then broke the record with his first make at South Dakota on Jan. 5. He enters the week game with an SDSU record 600 in his career.

MORE THAN JUST A SCORER - In addition to his scoring prowess, Wolters set the SDSU career assists record on Feb. 9, at Oakland, when dished out his 606th career assist, topping the old mark of 605, set by Brian Norberg from 1995-99. Wolters enters tonight's game with 609 dimes in his career.

DYKSTRA HITS 1,OOO-POINT MILESTONE - Junior 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 enters the game tied for 35th all-time at SDSU with 1,035 points.

GOOD FOR THREE! - Three of the top-10 three-point shooters in SDSU history, based on three-point field goal percentage, currently play for the Jackrabbits. Jordan Dykstra leads the way with .476 percent, Chad White ranks third with a .426 mark from deep and Brayden Carlson comes in ranked 10th, shooting .391 for his career.

JACKS SET FREE THROWS RECORD - The Jackrabbits combined to go a perfect 17-for-17 from the free throw line at Oakland, for a perfect 100 percent free throw percentage. That ties a perfect 14-for-14 night vs. IPFW on Jan. 5, 2008 and a 13-for-13 night against IUPUI on Feb. 7, 2008, both at Frost Arena.

TONIGHT'S OPPONENT

IUPUI JAGUARS (6-20, 1-11 SUMMIT) - The injury-riddled Jaguars come to Frost Arena mired in a 10-game losing streak, which includes overtime losses at Western Illinois and at Fort Wayne. The losing skid came on the heels of the Jaguars lone winnings streak of the season, when they strung together a pair of wins at Ball State and at home against Fort Wayne.

THE SERIES vs. IUPUI - Series tied 6-6. IUPUI won six of the first seven meetings, but SDSU won each of the last five meetings, including a 77-56 win in the first round of The Summit League Championships in Sioux Falls, S.D., on March 3, 2012, and an 80-65 win in the last meeting on Jan. 19, in Indianapolis.

THE JAGUARS THE LAST TIME OUT: Feb. 9, vs. OMAHA - INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - John Karhoff scored 26 points and Omaha overcame a 22-point first-half deficit, defeating IUPUI 85-78 on Saturday.

The Mavericks (9-18, 6-8 Summit League) got back in the game by opening the second half with a 19-4 run and shooting 63 percent after the break. Omaha took a 59-57 lead on Alex Welhouse's 3-pointer with 10:52 remaining. It was still a two-point game with about 6 minutes left when the Mavericks got consecutive baskets by Karhoff, Alex Phillips and Justin Simmons to pull away.

Simmons added 18 points and seven rebounds for the Mavericks, Welhouse had 17 points and 12 rebounds, and CJ Carter had 16 points.

Sean Esposito scored a career-high 23 points for IUPUI (6-20, 1-11), including 20 in the first half. His 3-pointer with 4:29 left in the half put the Jaguars ahead 49-27. Mitchell Patton also had 23 points, Greg Rice scored 16 and Donovan Gibbs had 12.

THE LAST MEETING: at IUPUI; Jan. 19, 2013 - Brayden Carlson scored 11 of his team-high 18 points in the first 10 minutes at IUPUI, staking South Dakota State to an early lead that they would never relinquish in an 80-65 win over the Jaguars.

All five Jackrabbit starters scored in double figures and nine of the 10 Jackrabbits to play in the game scored at least two points in the win.

Leading 10-8 in the first half after a couple of early lead changes, the Jackrabbits essentially put the game away with a 17-3 run that ended with a 27-11 SDSU lead with 10:11 remaining in the first half.

Carlson, who scored eight points in the run, added seven rebounds and two assists in the contest to go along with his game-high 18 points. 

Nate Wolters went just 2-of-8 from the floor, but went 7-of-8 from the free throw line and added six rebounds and seven assists in the win.

Jordan Dykstra added 11 points and six rebounds, while Tony Fiegen and Chad White both finished with 10 points. Fiegen also tied a career-high with four assists.

Mitchell Patton and Greg Rice led the Jaguars in the loss with 17 points apiece. Patton added a game-high 11 rebounds to complete one of two double-doubles in the game, with Donovan Gibbs getting his with 14 points and 10 rebounds in a losing cause.

NEXT UP FOR THE JACKRABBITS - SDSU closes out the home schedule on Saturday in the 41st Annual Pork Classic against Western Illinois at 4:05 p.m., when the Jackrabbits honor seniors Tony Fiegen and Nate Wolters.  

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