Jacks travel to Oral Roberts and Centenary this week
After playing their last four games at home, the Jackrabbit men hit the road this week, where they play five of their last seven games of the season, starting with Oral Roberts on Thursday at 7:05 p.m., followed by a match-up at Centenary on Saturday at 4:40 p.m.
SDSU split in the home series with these same teams in January at Frost Arena, downing Centenary 86-62 on Jan. 6, before falling to Oral Roberts 90-82 on Jan. 8. The Jacks gave up a season-high 14 three-pointers in the first meeting, but the three-point fireworks could come from Clint Sargent this time around, as he needs just four treys break the SDSU career-record of 235, a record held by current SDSU assistant Austin Hansen from 2000-03.
The Jackrabbits return to the road on a high note, after beating Southern Utah on Saturday 96-79 at Frost Arena. Clint Sargent scored 22 points to move into the top-10 in career scoring at SDSU and led three Jackrabbits with at least 20 points in the win over the Thunderbirds in the 39th Annual Pork Classic. The Jacks got 21 points and eight assists from Nate Wolters and 20 points from Jordan Dykstra, while Dale Moss pitched in with 13 points and a game-high nine rebounds.
After playing close early, the Jacks took a 17-9 lead with 14:55 left in the first half and never led SUU get within eight points the rest of the game.
SDSU led by as many as 18 points in the first half before taking a 45-29 lead into the lockerroom at halftime. The Jacks stretched that lead to as many as 21 in the second half before reaching the final 17-point margin of victory.
Wolters leads the Jackrabbit offense through 22 games with 18.9 points per game, with 136 assists and 33 steals. Sargent averages 16.2 points per game and adds 2.9 rebounds. Jordan Dykstra averages 9.9 points per game and leads the team with 5.0 rebounds per game and with 15 blocks.
JACKRABBITS AMONG THE NATION'S BEST - The Jackrabbits enter the week ranked second nationally with a .424 three-point field goal percentage and third with 10.3 turnovers per game. The Jacks also rank seventh with a 1.53 assist to turnover ratio and with a 4.9 turnover margin. SDSU also ranks ninth with 9.2 three-point field goals per game and 13th in scoring offense with an even 81 points per game.
Individually, Nate Wolters ranks 16th in the nation with a 2.78 assist to turnover ratio and 17th with 6.2 assists per game, while Clint Sargent ranks 22nd nationally with 2.9 three-point field goals per game.
CLIMBING THE 1,000 POINT CLUB LADDER - Jackrabbit Senior Clint Sargent became the 41st member of the SDSU 1,000-Point Club on Feb. 25, 2010, in the Jacks 66-53 win over Western Illinois in Frost Arena.
Sargent started the season tied for 33rd on the all-time list with 1,035 points, but enters the week ranked 10th all-time with 1,391 points, but just nine points shy of moving into sole possession of eighth place all-time at SDSU.
SARGENT CLOSES IN ON THREE-POINT RECORD - In addition to his climb up the all-time scoring charts, senior Clint Sargent enters the week with 232 career three-pointers, just four shy of breaking the SDSU career record of 235, set by current Jackrabbit assistant Austin Hansen from 2000-03.
CALLAHAN AT THE LINE - After starting the season with a perfect 28-for-28 mark from the charity stripe, Griffan Callahan finally missed a shot from the free throw line with a 1-for-2 effort at Western Michigan on Dec. 18. He responded by going 11-for-11 over the next six games before missing again at Western Illinois. Callahan enters the week with a .957 free throw percentage, but attempted just two free throws over the last four games, so he fell out of the top spot nationally because he does not meet the required 2.5 attempts per game average.
JACKS GAME AT ORU TO AIR NATIONWIDE LIVE ON FCS-CENTRAL - Jackrabbit fans that want to watch the South Daktoa State game at Oral Roberts on Thursday can catch the game live on Fox College Sports Central at 7 p.m. Check your local listings for the appropriate channel.
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
• 910 AM - KJJQ "The Ranch" - Brookings
• 1060 AM - KGFX - Pierre
• 950 AM KWAT or 96.9 FM KDLO - Watertown
• 99.5 FM - KRKI - Rapid City
Six-time winner of the South Dakota Associated Press Sportscaster of the Year and 1998 National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association South Dakota Sportscaster of the Year, Steve Imming returns for his 20th season as the play-by-play voice of the Jackrabbits.
THE JACKRABBIT EXTRA ON GoJacks.com - Subscribers to the Jackrabbit Extra on GoJacks.com watch every Jackrabbit 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 learn more about the Jackrabbit Extra, or to subscribe, 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 Jackrabbit sports teams by tuning into "The Jackrabbit Insider."
Hosted by Tyler Merriam, the show airs on Sunday on KTTW FOX 17 at 10:30 p.m., and can also be seen on Fox Sports North at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS
Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (9-14, 6-5 Summit) - Summit League leader Oakland snapped ORU's four game winning streak last week on Thursday in Rochester, Mich., with an 88-85 win over the Golden Eagles, and then IPFW made it two in a row with a 78-65 win on Saturday in Fort Wayne, Ind.
Dominique Morrison leads four Golden Eagles averaging in double figure scoring with 18.4 points and adds 4.6 rebounds per game. Warren Niles averages 14.1 points, Damen Bell-Holder 13.7 points and a team-high 7.3 rebounds per game, while Steven Roundtree adds 11.8 points and ranks second on the team with 6.4 rebounds per game.
The Series vs. Oral Roberts - The Golden Eagles lead the all-time series 6-3, which includes a 90-82 win on Jan. 8, at Frost Arena. The Jacks and Golden Eagles split the season series in 2009-10
The first meeting, at Frost Arena (1/8/11) - Oral Roberts shot 82 percent from three-point range for the game, including making 10-of-11 attempts in the second half, and held off a late South Dakota State rally to post a 90-82 victory in Summit League action on Jan. 8, at Frost Arena.
The Golden Eagles, who shot better than 60 percent from the field in each half, improved to 6-12 overall and 3-3 in The Summit League. SDSU dropped to 11-5 overall, 2-2 in league play.
The Golden Eagles led by 12, 78-66, with 3 minutes and 57 seconds remaining in the game before SDSU made one last run. A pair of three-pointers by Clint Sargent and a triple by Griffan Callahan, part of a 10-0 run that brought the Jackrabbits to within a basket with 2:48 to play.
Warren Niles then took over, leading the ORU blitzkrieg from behind the arc with a pair of three-pointers in the final two minutes to seal the victory. Niles made all five three-point attempts on the night, finishing with a team-high 25 points. As a team, the Golden Eagles made their final six three-point attempts of the night.
Nate Wolters finished with a game-high 32 points on 12-of-16 shooting from the field. Sargent sank five three-pointers on the way to 20 points and Callahan added 16 points and a team-high five rebounds.
Centenary Gents (0-23, 0-11 Summit) - The struggles continue for the winless Gents as they play in their final season in The Summit League before making the transition to Division III competition next season.
The only player to average more than 10 points, Maxx Nakwaasah leads the Gents with 11.7 points and adds 5.7 rebounds per game. Jeron Trotman averages 9.1 points and a team-high 6.7 rebounds per game, while Aaron Harwell scores an even five points per game with a team-high 43 steals.
The Series vs. Centenary - The Jackrabbits lead the all-time series 4-3, with wins in each of the last three meetings, including an 86-62 win on Jan. 6, at Frost Arena.
The first meeting, at Frost Arena (1/6/11) - Freshman Jordan Dykstra tallied game highs of 17 points and nine rebounds to lead a balanced South Dakota State University men's basketball team to an 86-62 victory over Centenary (La.) in Summit League action Thursday night at Frost Arena.
The Jackrabbits improved to 11-4 overall and 3-1 in league play. SDSU will host Oral Roberts (Okla.) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the annual Lamb Bonanza game. The women's game tips off the doubleheader at 5 p.m.
Eleven of the 12 Jackrabbit players who suited up scored in the game, including four in double figures. Dykstra was a perfect 7-for-7 from the field and his career-high nine rebounds led a 47-28 SDSU advantage on the glass. Dale Moss and Clint Sargent each scored 12 points, with Callahan adding 10.
NEXT UP FOR THE JACKRABBITS - The Jackrabbits return home next week to host IUPUI on Thursday at 7 p.m. and then host Western Illinois on Saturday in the Corduroy Classic at 7:30 p.m., following the women's game vs. the Fighting Leathernecks at 5 p.m.