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Jackrabbits host Roadrunners in Matinée

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 12/07/2012 12:27:42
South Dakota State shook off the funk from a loss at Minnesota on Tuesday with a big win over Dakota State on Thursday, which sets the stage for the Jackrabbits final home contest of the calendar year on Sunday, when the Jacks welcome the Roadrunners from CSU Bakersfield to Frost Arena at 2 p.m.

The Jacks enter the game riding a 22-game home winning streak, after downing Dakota State by an 83-52 score on Thursday.

South Dakota State got 21 points and a career-high 12 rebounds from Jordan Dykstra and a career-high 17 points from Tony Fiegen in the dominating win over the Trojans. The Jackrabbits also got 10 points from both Brayden Carlson and Chad White.

SDSU shot a season-high 60.7 percent from the floor, connecting on 34 of its 56 shots in the game, including a 7-for-16 effort from beyond the 3-point arc (43.8 percent).

The visiting Trojans shot 38.3 percent from the floor on 18-of-47 shooting, with a 5-for-14 mark from long range (35.7 percent).

Luke Lamb led Dakota State with 14 points, Yusuf Vinson added 11 and Terrell Newton nine points in the loss, which finishes the game with a 7-1 record.

Dakota State scored first and opened an early 11-5 lead, but the Jackrabbits responded with a 17-1 run, keyed by two Cory Jacobsen 3-pointers, that gave SDSU a 10-point, 22-12 lead.

The Jacks led 35-25 at the half, but eight quick points from Dykstra to start the second half pushed the lead to 43-27, and SDSU continued to build from there, stretching the lead to as many as 32 points on a Carlson layup with just over two minutes to play.

RABBITS ON THE RADIO - Originated from the AM 570 WNAX studios in Yankton, S.D., SDSU men's basketball games can be heard on a total of five stations throughout South Dakota on the Jackrabbit Sports Network.

- 570 AM - WNAX - Yankton
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Pierre, S.D., native Tyler Merriam returns for his second season as the voice of Jackrabbit men's basketball, and also serves as the voice of Jackrabbit football.

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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.

WOLTERS CLIMBS THE 1,000-POINT CLUB LADDER - Nate Wolters became the 42nd member of the SDSU 1,000-Point Club in a win over Sam Houston State on Nov. 22, and enters Sunday's game with 1,794 career points, good for fourth all-time at SDSU, just 22 points shy of passing assistant coach Austin Hansen for third on the all-time list and 29 points shy of passing Lee Colburn for second on the all-time list.

WOLTERS CHASES ALL-TIME SCORING RECORD - Nate Wolters scored 907 points in his first two years as a Jackrabbit, including the SDSU sophomore record with 604 points. His SDSU junior record of 721 points gave him 1,628 career points, leaving him 304 points shy of breaking the SDSU of 1,931. His 166 points so far this season leaves him 138 points shy of the record.

MORE THAN JUST A SCORER - In addition to his scoring prowess, Nate Wolters continues his climb up the all-time assists charts at SDSU. His 188 assists as a sophomore represents the third best single-season total in SDSU history, and his 202 as a junior marks the second-highest single-season total at SDSU. Adding to that, his 525 career assists ranks second all-time at SDSU, 81 shy of breaking the all-time mark of 605 assists. 

AT THE BUZZER - The Jackrabbits lost the 2012-13 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 Wednesday, hitting an off-balance 3-pointer as the horn sounded to give the Jacks a 71-70 win over North Dakota.

THE JACKRABBITS IN THE MID-MAJOR TOP-25 - The Jackrabbits opened the season ranked No. 12 in the collegeinsider.com Mid-Major Top-25 poll, held strong at No. 12 in the Nov. 12 poll, but fell two spots to No. 14 in the poll released Nov. 14. SDSU climbed one spot to No. 13 in the poll released on Nov. 26 and then back to No. 12 in the most recent poll released on Dec. 3.

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 place on multiple preseason awards lists.

- Candidate for Senior CLASS Award - SeniorClassAward.com
- Named on the Wooden Award Preseason Top-50 List - WoodenAward.com
- Lute Olson preseason All-America selection - LuteOlsonAward.com

ELITE COMPANY - Wolters finished the 2011-12 campaign averaging 21.2 points, 5.9 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game to join an exclusive group. He became just the fifth player in NCAA history to average 20 points, five rebounds and five assists in a season. Wolters finished just one assist shy of reaching an even more select group with a 20-points, six-assist and five-rebound average, a feat achieved by only two players in NCAA history.

WOLTERS DOUBLES-DOWN - After posting a total of five double-doubles in his first three years as a Jackrabbit, Wolters enters the week with eight in his career after posting double-doubles three double-doubles already this season.

DYKSTRA CLOSING IN ON 1,OOO-POINT MILESTONE - Junior Jordan Dykstra scored 351 points as a freshman and 362 points as a sophomore, which gave him 713 for his to start the season. His 140 points this season gives him 853 for his career, 147 shy of becoming the 43rd member of the SDSU 1,000-Point Club. 

PERFECT AT HOME - The Jackrabbits entered the season with 17 straight home wins, and pushed that total to 22 with the win over Dakota State on Thursday. As of Friday, the Jacks home winning streak ranks third in the nation behind Syracuse with 27 and Kansas with 25. 

SDSU won a team-record 27 straight home games from 2002-04, starting with a 98-78 win over Colorado Mines on Nov. 29, 2002, and ending with a 107-104 overtime loss to Omaha on Jan. 10, 2004.    

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.

WOLTERS SETS SDSU JUNIOR SCORING RECORD - Already the SDSU sophomore scoring record holder, Nate Wolters added the junior scoring record to his list of accomplishments in the Jacks 75-64 win over IUPUI on Feb. 25, 2012. Wolters finished his junior season with 721 points, breaking the previous record by 88 points.

NOT JUST NATE - Nate Wolters led the Jacks with 21.2 points per game last year and reached double figures in all 34 games he played, but he got plenty of help. In addition to Wolters' 34 games in double figures, the Jackrabbits combined for 84 double-figure performances in 35 games. 

At least four Jackrabbits scored 10 points in the same game 15 times last season, with four players reaching double figures nine times, five players reaching double figures five times and six players once.

DYKSTRA SETS SDSU THREE-POINT RECORD - Jordan Dykstra made his final two three-point attempts vs. Buffalo on Feb. 18, 2012, went 5-for-5 from beyond the arc against Western Illinois on Feb. 23, 2012, and made his first four three-point attempts vs. IUPUI in Feb. 25, 2012. That marks 11 consecutive three-pointers over a span of three games and a new SDSU record, breaking the old mark of nine in a row.

NAGY NOTCHES 300th CAREER WIN - Already the most prolific coach in SDSU history, head coach Scott Nagy entered the 2011-12 season with 289 wins, just 11 shy of reaching the 300-win milestone, which he reached in the Jackrabbits 94-58 win over IPFW on Dec. 28, 2012. Nagy finished the 2011-12 season with a 316-198 career record and a .615 winning percentage. 

JACKS POST FIRST 20-WIN SEASON AT DIVISON I - The South Dakota State Men's Basketball team beat UMKC 75-62 on Feb. 11, for their 20th win of the season, and first at the Division I level. The program now boasts 20 seasons with at least 20 wins, nine of which came during the Scott Nagy era.

JACKS TIE SCHOOL RECORD FOR WINS - Scott Nagy led the Jackrabbits to a school record 27-win season in 2003-04, the program's final season in Division II, and equaled that mark in 2011-12 with a 27-8 record.

DENVER JOINS THE SUMMIT - The University of Denver accepted an invitation to become The Summit League's newest member institution, the university and league announced on Nov. 27. Denver joins The Summit League during the 2013-14 academic year, with its membership taking effect on July 1, 2013. 

THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT

CSU BAKERSFIELD ROADRUNNERS (3-5, 1-3 Away) - The Roadrunners opened the season with four straight losses, but comes to Brookings winners of three of their last four after dropping UT-San Antonio by a score of 85-52 on Dec. 1 and after a come-from-behind 72-70 victory over Cal State Fullerton on Thursday in Fullerton, Calif.

Two of the 'Runners first four losses came by three or fewer points, including a 62-60 loss to UT-Arlington in the season opener and a 76-73 loss at home to Loyola Marymount on Nov. 17.

THE SERIES vs. CSU BAKERSFIELD - Series tied 1-1. The Roadrunners won the first meeting in overtime, 73-71, on Dec. 28, 2007 in Bakersfield, Calif., while the Jackrabbits won the second meeting, 86-65, on Dec. 16, 2008 at Frost Arena.

The Jackrabbits make a return trip to Bakersfield on Feb. 20, 2013.

THE LAST MEETING: vs. CSU BAKERSFIELD, Dec. 16, 2008 - Every Jackrabbit scored at least one point and five scored in double figures, as South Dakota State rolled to an 86-65 win over CSU Bakersfield at Frost Arena, snapping a three game skid.

Anthony Cordova led the Jackrabbits with 16 points. Kai Williams came off the bench to score 14, Clint Sargent added 12 in a reserve role, while Garret Callahan scored 11 and Dale Moss 10. Santwon Latunde led the Roadrunners with 16 points.

SDSU got more than half of its points off the bench, a total of 49 points, compared to 26 by the Roadrunners.

Michael Palarca scored the first three points for the Jackrabbits, Mark Engen scored the next two and the Jacks never looked back, steadily increasing their lead throughout the first half.

The Jacks turned a 10-0 run into a 17-2 run midway through the half before eventually taking a 49-24 lead into the locker room at halftime.

SDSU increased its lead to as many as 33 points in the second half at 82-49 with 3:09 left to play before an 8-0 CSUB run cut the lead to 24 with just under two minutes on the clock.

The Jacks would get it back up to 27 points with under a minute to go, but a pair of late Roadrunner three-pointers cut the deficit to the final score of 86-65.

NEXT UP FOR THE JACKRABBITS - SDSU hits the road for all of its next six games, starting with Montana on Saturday at 7 p.m. MT.

The Jackrabbits don't return to Frost Arena until Jan. 10, 2013, when they host Oakland in Summit League action. 

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