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Summit League play restarts in Fargo

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 12/27/2012 15:39:02

Fresh off its first-ever win over a ranked opponent, and a short holiday break, South Dakota State returns to Summit League play this weekend with a game at North Dakota State on Saturday in Fargo, N.D.

The only two teams in The Summit League with at least 10 wins, the Jackrabbits and Bison get started from the Bison Sports Arena at 7 p.m.

THE LAST TIME OUT; at No. 16 New Mexico, Dec. 22 - ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - South Dakota State not only beat a ranked team for the first time at the Division I level on Saturday, the Jackrabbits also ended No. 16 New Mexico's perfect 12-0 start to the season with a 70-65 win in front of 15,278 fans inside The Pit in Albuquerque, N.M. on Saturday.

Fresh off a loss to Belmont on Wednesday, the Jackrabbits, who improve to 10-4 on the season, rode a bus a 1,200 miles to Albuquerque from Nashville, after weather problems cancelled their flights on Thursday.

Nate Wolters led the Jackrabbits in the win, their first against a ranked Division I opponent, with a game-high 28 points, adding five rebounds and seven assists.

Chad White added 13 points, including four clutch free throws late in the game. Jordan Dykstra and Brayden Carlson both finished with 10 points, with Dykstra adding a game-high 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the season.

The Lobos scored the first three points of the game, but the Jackrabbits scored the next eight points, part of a 12-2 run that gave SDSU a 12-5 lead with five and a half minutes off the first half clock.

SDSU took the lead on a White 3-pointer just two minutes and six seconds into the game, a lead that the Jackrabbits would never relinquish.

The Jacks built that lead to as many as 12 points at 35-23 with 4:50 left in the half, before New Mexico used a 9-0 run to cut the lead to 35-32 with a minute and a half left in the opening stanza, but SDSU still took a 38-34 lead into the locker room at halftime.

A Dykstra 3-pointer early in the second half pushed the SDSU lead back to nine points at 45-36, before the Lobos made a push to get back within one possession at 51-48 with 8:57 on the clock.

Dykstra answered with a trey on the other end to push the lead back to six, and the Lobos never got closer than four points for the rest of the game. 

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                                    
- 910 AM - KJJQ "The Ranch" - Brookings
- 1060 AM - KGFX - Pierre                                       
- 1480 AM KSDR - Watertown
- 1490 AM - KORN - Mitchell

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.

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. 

To subscribe to the Jackrabbit Extra, log onto GoJacks.com and click on "SIGN UP NOW"

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.

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 award watch lists.

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

- 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

BIG WEEK FOR WOLTERS - In addition to earning Summit League and CollegeSportsMadness.com Player of the Week honors after leading South Dakota State to its first-ever win over a ranked opponent, Jackrabbit senior Nate Wolters can add a couple more honors.

The St. Cloud, Minn., native can also add Lute Olson Award Player of the Week honors after leading the Jackrabbits to a 70-65 win over No. 16, and previously undefeated, New Mexico with 28 points and seven assists.

The honors all come on the heals of Wolters being named a candidate for the 2013 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award on Dec. 20, while in the midst of a two-day, 18 hour, 1,200 mile bus ride from Nashville, Tenn., to Albuquerque to play the Lobos.

Adding to the list, the South Dakota Sportswriters Association tabbed Wolters as its College Men's Athlete of 2012 and the Jackrabbit Men's Basketball Team as the College Men's Team of 2012 in its year-end awards released on Thursday.

PERFECT AT HOME - The Jackrabbits entered the season with 17 straight home wins, and pushed that total to 23 with the win over CSU Bakersfield on Sunday. The Jacks home winning streak ranks third in the nation behind Syracuse with 30 and Kansas with 28. 

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.

DYKSTRA DOUBLES UP - After posting a single double-double in each of his first two seasons, junior Jordan Dykstra posted double-doubles in two of the last three and in three of the last five games, including 16 points and 10 rebounds in the double overtime win at Montana and a 10 point, 10 rebound game in the Jacks upset at New Mexico.

ON THE RECORD

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, 2011, and instantly began his climb up the all-time charts at SDSU. He enters the weekend with 1,868 career points, good for second all-time at SDSU, after passing assistant coach Austin Hansen for third on the all-time list Lee Colburn for second on the all-time list in the Jackrabbits win over Montana on Dec. 15.

WOLTERS CHASES ALL-TIME SCORING RECORD - Wolters scored 907 points in his first two years as a Jackrabbit, including the SDSU sophomore record with 604 points and the junior record with 721 points. He entered his senior season 304 points shy of breaking the SDSU record of 1,931, set by SDSU legend Mark Tetzlaff from 1981-85, and now needs 64 to break the mark.

MORE THAN JUST A SCORER - In addition to his scoring prowess, 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 546 career assists ranks second all-time at SDSU, 60 shy of breaking the all-time mark of 605 assists, set by Brian Norberg from 1995-99. 

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 181 points this season gives him 894 for his career, 106 shy of becoming the 43rd member of the SDSU 1,000-Point Club. 

THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT

NORTH DAKOTA STATE BISON (10-3, 1-0 Summit) - Picked to finish second behind the Jackrabbits in The Summit League Preseason Poll, the Bison return to league play with the same 1-0 mark in league play and, along with SDSU, as the only other Summit League team with 10 wins on the season.

Winners of five of it's last six games, the only blemish on NDSU's record over that span came in a 70-57 loss at No. 16 Minnesota on Dec. 11, in Minneapolis. The only other two losses on the Bison schedule came at No. 1 Indiana on Nov. 12, and at Green Bay on Nov. 24.

THE SERIES vs. NORTH DAKOTA STATE - North Dakota State leads the all-time series 108-96 after the Jacks snapped a 10 game skid against the Bison last season. SDSU swept the season series in 2011-12, with a 71-88 overtime win in Fargo on Jan. 1, and an 80-57 win at Frost Arena on Feb. 15.

THE LAST TIME OUT: Dec. 21, vs. Morehead State - FARGO, N.D. -Marshall Bjorklund scored a season-high 20 points to lead North Dakota State to a 69-49 win over Morehead State in college men's basketball Friday, Dec. 21, before a crowd of 2,214 at the Bison Sports Arena.

Bjorklund was 8-for-8 from the floor and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds.  Taylor Braun added 19 points and seven boards, and Lawrence Alexander had 12 points and five assists for the Bison (10-3).

Chad Posthumus led Morehead State (5-7) with 14 points, eight rebounds and three steals.  Angelo Warner added 10 points for the Eagles, who did not play leading scorer Milton Chavis.

Morehead State rebounded from an 8-0 deficit to force a 16-16 tie midway through the first half, but Bjorklund scored six straight points and got a steal that led to a fast-break dunk by Alexander to cap an 8-0 Bison run.

NDSU led 34-22 at halftime and went ahead by as many as 16 early in the second half on a three-point play by Braun that capped a 7-0 spurt.

Morehead State responded with nine straight points to cut the deficit to 45-38 with 12:30 left, but NDSU went on a 13-2 run to put the game out of reach.

TrayVonn Wright's dunk at the 2:15 mark was NDSU's only field goal in the final 8 minutes of the game, but the Bison made 9 of 10 free throws down the stretch to keep the Eagles at bay.

NDSU shot 55.8 percent from the field compared to 34.8 percent for Morehead State.  The Bison had a 31-22 edge in total rebounds.  It was the sixth time in 13 games this year NDSU has held an opponent under 50 points.

NEXT UP FOR THE JACKRABBITS - SDSU heads south on I-29 for a pair of Summit League games next week, starting with UMKC on Thursday at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo., followed by a game at South Dakota on Saturday at 4:05 p.m.

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