South Dakota State closes the regular season on Thursday at Omaha, where the Jackrabbits can clinch a share of The Summit League regular season title and the No. 1 seed in The Summit League championships with a win. The Jacks and Mavericks tip at 7:05 p.m. from Ralston Arena.
THE LAST TIME OUT; Feb. 23, at Murray State: MURRAY, Ky. - In a game with two aptly nicknamed teams, South Dakota State and Murray State traded runs on Saturday in the Ramada Worldwide Bracketbusters, but in the end, the Racers outran the Jackrabbits by a 73-62 score at the CFSB Center in Murray, Ky.
"There were some critical moments there where I probably should've called timeout. We have an experienced ball club, and usually when teams make runs, we're able to hold them off and score, and usually I call timeout after we score, but we just couldn't get a bucket to call a timeout," head coach Scott Nagy said. "I think a lot of it was my fault, we played a short bench and we just kind of wore down and I should've used the timeouts better."
The Jackrabbits, who fall to 21-9 on the season, went on the first run of the game, a 14-0 spurt that broke a 16-all tie and ended with the Jacks up 30-16 with 7 minutes and 10 second left to play in the first half.
The Racers, who improve to 20-7, responded with a run of their own a few minutes later with a 17-4 outburst that got them to within three points at 31-34 with under two minutes in the half.
The Jacks scored the first eight points of the second half to push the lead back to 14 points, but the Racers used a 10-2 run to get within six at 43-49 and then used an 18-2 run later in the half to turn a 48-54 deficit into a 66-56 lead with 4:23 remaining in the game.
Nate Wolters snapped the run with just over four minutes left, but Murray State scored the next seven points to go up 73-58 with under two minutes to play to secure the win.
Wolters led a trio of Jackrabbits in double figures with 18 points, tying for game-high honors with five assists. White added 13 points and led the Jacks with seven rebounds, while Brayden Carlson finished with 12 points.
Isaiah Canaan led all scorers with 22 points, adding five assists, and Stacy Wilson scored 15 for the Racers to round out the double-digit scorers.
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 -
- 910 AM - KJJQ "The Ranch" - Brookings
- 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.
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 - CousyAward.com
- Lou Henson Award Finalist - LouHensonAward.com
- Naismith Men's Player of the Year Candidate - NaismithAwards.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 highest single-game total in NCAA Division I this season.
WOLTERS NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK -The Summit League named South Dakota State point guard Nate Wolters its Player of the Week on Monday for a league-record seventh time, and tied the all-time league mark with 15 career honors
Against CSU Bakersfield on Wednesday, Wolters finished one assist shy of a triple-double, scoring 32 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and dishing out nine assists. Facing Murray State in a nationally-televised BracketBusters game, he scored 18 points with six rebounds, five assists and two steals.
Wolters played 89 of his team's 90 minutes in the two games, including all 50 in the double-overtime contest at Bakersfield. His weekly averages included 25 points, seven assists, six rebounds and 1.5 steals per game. Wolters became the first player on record (since 1990-91) to earn three consecutive Summit League Player of the Week awards.
PERFECT AT HOME - The Jackrabbits entered the season with 17 straight home wins, and then capped their second perfect home season at 13-0 with a 64-55 win over Western Illinois on Feb. 16, giving SDSU a school and Summit League record 30 consecutive home wins, the longest streak in all of Division I basketball.
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, Jordan Dykstra posted double-doubles in eight games this season, including three of the last four games, the last being a 11 point, 10 rebound game at CSU Bakersfield on Feb. 20, which also marks the first loss this season when Dykstra posts a double-double.
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 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 Feb. 7, 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 of 532 at Kansas City on Jan. 3, and then broke the record with his first make at South Dakota on Jan. 5. He enters Saturday's game with an SDSU record 620 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 Saturday's game with 631 dimes in his career. He also ranks fifth all-time at SDSU with 184 steals.
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 Saturday's game ranked 31st all-time at SDSU with 1,081 points.
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.
GOOD FOR THREE! - Two 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 .471 percent, while Chad White ranks third with a .433 mark from deep.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT
OMAHA MAVERICKS (11-18, 6-8 Summit) - After posting just a 2-10 record to start the season, the transitioning Mavericks, who cannot play in The Summit League Championships, enter the final weekend of the season on a three game winning streak and winners of six of their last eight games.
Picked to finish last in The Summit League Preseason Poll, the Mavericks currently sit in fifth place in the league standings.
THE SERIES vs. OMAHA - The Jackrabbits lead the all-time series 47-31, despite dropping the three of the last four games in the series. The Mavericks won the last meeting in Omaha on Feb. 27, 2004, while the Jacks won the first meeting at the Division I level on Dec. 1, at Frost Arena.
THE MAVERICKS THE LAST TIME OUT: Feb. 23, vs. North Dakota - OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Justin Simmons scored 20 points Saturday as Omaha defeated North Dakota 83-75.
John Karhoff finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Mavericks (11-18). Alex Welhouse added 13 points and CJ Carter scored 12.
Troy Huff led North Dakota (12-15) with 21 points. Aaron Anderson added 19 points and five assists in a losing cause
The game was tied at 41 at halftime and there were 10 ties and 20 lead changes. North Dakota did not make a field goal in the final 5:44.
North Dakota leads the all-time series 45-33; the first game was played in the 1934-35 season. The teams played in the Division II North Central Conference until 2008 when North Dakota left for Division I. Omaha is in its second year and first as a full-time member of the Summit League.
THE LAST MEETING: vs. Omaha: Dec. 1, Frost Arena - South Dakota State opened The Summit League season against league newcomer Omaha with a well-balanced 78-63 win in front of 3,021 fans at Frost Arena, which saw four Jackrabbits score at least 13 points.
The Jackrabbits dominated the first half, leading by as many as 30 points before taking a 56-28 lead into the locker room.
Omaha came out hot in the second half, and cut the lead to as few as 13 points, but the Jacks didn't let them get any closer.
The Jackrabbits shot 56 percent in the first half on 23-of-41 shooting, but went cold in the second half, shooting just 34.6 percent on 9-of-26 shooting, including a 2-for-11 effort from long range.
Omaha shot 48 percent in both halves, going 13-for-27 in the first half and 12-for-25 in the second half.
Jordan Dykstra led all players with 17 points, including a 3-for-4 night from 3-point range. Tony Fiegen tied a career-high with 16 points on 8-of-9 shooting and added a game-high nine rebounds, while Nate Wolters and Brayden Carlson both contributed 13 points in the win. Wolters added five assists and grabbed four rebounds, while Carlson finished with five rebounds.
John Karhoff led the Mavericks with 16 points, with Justin Simmons and CJ Carter both adding 10 points in a losing cause.
NEXT UP FOR THE JACKRABBITS - With a win on Thursday, or a Western Illinois loss on Thursday or Saturday, SDSU would earn the No. 1 seed in The Summit League Championship and face IUPUI on Saturday, March 9 at 6 p.m.
A Jackrabbit loss, coupled with two Western Illinois wins, would drop the Jacks to the No. 2 seed in the tournament, where they would play the No. 7 seed on March 9, at 8:30 p.m.