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Jacks seek first win against the Mustangs

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 11/18/2013 17:26:19
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The Jackrabbits close a short two-game homestand tonight against the Southwest Minnesota State University Mustangs after a 77-69 loss to Montana on Thursday, which marked the first loss at home since Jan. 27, 2011, a span of 30 games, which led all of Division I.

Montana shot 77 percent from beyond the 3-point arc in the second half of the game to overcome a 25-24 halftime deficit and spoil South Dakota State’s home opener. The Griz struggled from long range in the first half, going just 1-for-10 from deep and scored 18 of their 24 first half points in the paint.

The Jacks, on the other hand, went 9-for-31 in the first half overall, 29 percent, and 1-for-7 from long range, 14 percent, only to bounce back in the second half to shoot 59 percent on 16-of-27 shooting, and 38.5 percent from beyond the arc, 5-for-13.

Montana, heated up in the second half as well though, shooting at a 68 percent clip overall, 15-for-22, which includes the 77 percent from 3-point range.

Despite the slow start, the Jackrabbits opened a nine point lead at 14-5 with 8 minutes, 32 seconds left in the first half, but a 7-0 Griz run cut the lead to just two points with just under six minutes left in the half and then cut the lead to one at 25-24 at halftime.

SDSU opened the second half on a 7-1 run to push the lead back to seven points at 32-25 with 18:23 to play, but the Griz responded with an 11-0 run and never trailed again, pushing the lead to as many as 12 points at 7:02 remaining.

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

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NOTEWORTHY

HOME OPENERS – The Jackrabbits own a 15-3 overall record in season-opening games under head coach Scott Nagy, with a 6-3 mark in season-openers in the Division I era.

The Jacks beat Tennessee State by a 78-71 score in last year’s season opener on Nov. 13. 

PERFECT AT HOME NO MORE – The Jackrabbits entered the 2013-14 season with school and Summit League record 30 consecutive home wins, also the longest streak in Division I, but the Montana Grizzlies snapped the streak with a 77-69 win on Nov. 14, 2013.  

JACKS DOUBLE UP – After posting a single double-double in each of his first two seasons, Jordan Dykstra posted double-doubles in a team-high nine games as a junior in 2012-13. He posted one double-double in three games this season pushing his all-time total to 12.

ON THE RECORD

DYKSTRA CLIMBING ALL-TIME SCORING LIST – Senior 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 entered the 2013-14 season ranked 23rd all-time at SDSU with 1,149 points, but already moved up to 22nd all-time and is just three points shy of passing John Thomas (1,178 points from 1966-69) for 21st all-time at SDSU.

DYKSTRA CLOSES IN ON TOP-10 IN CAREER 3-POINTERS – Dykstra opened the season with 142 career 3-pointers, five shy of cracking the all-time top-10 at SDSU. He now needs just three to tie Andy Moeller (147 3-pointers from 2000-04) for 10th on the all-time list.

WHITE CLOSES IN ON 1,OOO-POINT MILESTONE – Senior Chad White came up 53 points shy of becoming the 44th member of the SDSU 1,000-Point Club last year, but should reach the milestone early in his senior season, making him the fifth Jackrabbit to join the club that scored all of his points at the Division I level. He needs 36 points to join the club.

WHITE CLIMBS CAREER 3-POINT FG CHARTSChad White entered the 2013-14 season with 169 career 3-point field goals, good for fifth all-time at SDSU. With 173 now for his career, he needs 25 more to pass Randy Suarez (197 3-point FGs from 1986-89) for fourth all-time. White made 75 triples last year as a junior.

CARLSON EYES 1,OOO-POINT CLUB – Senior Brayden Carlson scored just 85 points as a freshman, but scored 254 as a sophomore and 317 as a junior, giving him 656 entering his senior season, he now needs 313 points to rech the 1,000 point milestone.

GOOD FOR THREE! – Three of the top-10 three-point shooters in SDSU history, based on 3-point field goal percentage, currently play for the Jackrabbits. Jordan Dykstra leads the way with .459 percent, Chad White ranks third with a .431 mark from deep, while Brayden Carlson enters the week with a .401 career mark from long range, good for seventh all-time at SDSU.

TONIGHT’S OPPONENT

SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA STATE MUSTANGS (1-1, 0-0 AWAY) – Picked to finish fifth overall and fourth in the South Division in the NSIC Preseason Coaches Poll, the Mustangs opened the season at home in the SMSU Classic with an 89-72 loss to Fort Hays State on Nov. 9, and then rebounded with a convincing 72-50 win over Northwest Missouri State on Nov. 10.

Senior forward William Giddings led five Mustangs in double figures with 16 points in the season-opening loss to Fort Hays State. Shaun Condon added 15 points off the bench, while Matt Zager finished with 13, Vinard Birch 11 and Nick Smith 10 points.

Birch led the way in the win over Northwest Missouri State with 18 points, with Giddings adding 14 and Smith 13 points in the win.    

THE SERIES vs. SMSU – The Jackrabbits lead the all-time series 16-1, with wins in the first 11 and in the last five meetings, including a 94-80 win on Nov. 18, 2012 at Frost Arena. The lone SMSU win came on Feb. 7, 2005 by a 93-55 score at Frost Arena.

THE LAST MEETING: Frost Arena, Nov. 21, 2012Nate Wolters posted his third double-double in the last four games with 21 points and 10 rebounds, which ties a career-high, and Chad White scored 19 points and tied a career-high with five three-pointers in South Dakota State’s 81-72 win over Southwest Minnesota State

SMSU fell behind 12-6 early, but never went away, and came back to take a 31-30 lead with just under five minuets to play in the first half.

SDSU quickly regained the lead, but only led by two points, when Wolters hit a three-pointer at the first half buzzer to give the Jacks a

38-33 lead at halftime.

The Mustangs tied the game at 40-all early in the second half, but the Jackrabbits responded with a 28-6 run that ended with the Jacks leading 68-46 with 8:33 left to play.

The visitors would cut the lead to as few as eight points, but did so with just 27 seconds left, and would get no closer.

THE MUSTANGS THE LAST TIME OUT: Nov. 10, vs. Northwest Missouri State – Vinard Birch scored a game-high 18 points and dished out six assists to lead Southwest Minnesota State to a 72-50 victory over Northwest Missouri State on Sunday at the SMSU Classic in Marshall. SMSU improves to 1-1 on the season, while NWMSU drops to 1-1.

Nick Smith added 13 points with eight rebounds and five blocked shots, while William Giddings chipped in with 14 points and pulled down six rebounds to lead the Mustangs to their first victory of the season.

SMSU shot a blistering 61 percent (30 of 49) from the field and held a 34-19 rebound advantage. NWMSU, which shot just 34 percent from the field (16 of 47), was led by Bryston Williams, who scored a team-high 14 points.

The Bearcats built an early 15-10 lead in the game’s opening eight minutes, but SMSU rallied with an 8-0 run capped by a William Giddings layup to take an 18-15 lead with 7:48 remaining.

Northwest regained the lead at 21-20 following a 3-pointer by Connor Croker, but again Southwest had an answer with a Joey Bartlett 3-pointer, followed by a Giddings three-point play, a layup by Giddings and a dunk by Nick Smith to give SMSU a 30-21 lead at the 2:18 mark. Vinard Birch closed the half with a pair of free throws to give the Mustangs a 33-23 halftime advantage.

SMSU shot 52 percent in the first half and held a 17-9 rebound advantage. NWMSU committed 10 first half turnovers, while SMSU committed nine turnovers.

NWMSU cut the SMSU lead to 38-30 with 14:33 left in the game, but an 8-0 run by the Mustangs built the lead to 44-30 and the margin never dipped below double digits the remainder of the contest.

Shaun Condon added seven points and four assists off the bench for SMSU, while Joey Bartlett poured in eight points connecting on a pair of 3-pointers.

NEXT UP FOR THE JACKRABBITS – SDSU hits the road for a game at Texas Tech on Thursday, Nov. 21, in Lubbock, Texas. The Jacks and Red Raiders tip at 7 p.m.

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