Sargent makes history in Jackrabbit blowout
SHREVEPORT, La. - South Dakota State senior Clint Sargent needed a trio of three-pointers on Saturday at Centenary to break assistant coach Austin Hansen's career record of 235, and he got just that many to not only set the new mark, but help lead the Jackrabbits to a 102-73 win over the Gents in Shreveport, La.
"It's quite an honor just to have a record like that, and it means even more just because he had it," Sargent said of topping Hansen's record. "I've been blessed to work with not just him, but this coaching staff. So in a way it's odd, because he held the record and he's helped me so much since he's been here with my shooting, so I have to give a lot of credit to him."
While Sargent credits coaches, head coach Scott Nagy gives much of the credit to Sargent.
"Probably nobody's happier than coach Hansen, to coach him and see it happen. We hoped he'd break it at home, but we'll take it here,"said. "Clint's been a tremendous player for us. A tremendous player against the best competition South Dakota State's ever played against, so he's done it against the best and he's as good of a shooter that I've ever coached."
As for the game itself, all 11 Jackrabbits to suit up helped scored in the win, which boosts their record 15-9 overall and 7-6 in The Summit League. The 15 wins marks a Division I-best for SDSU and secures the first winning regular season for the Jacks since making the jump.
The Gents, who move down to Division III competition next season, fall to 0-25 overall, 0-13 in league play.
Jordan Dykstra led six Jackrabbits in double figures with 20 points and added a career and game-high 11 rebounds for the first double-double of his career. Dykstra went 6-of-7 from the floor and a perfect 4-for-4 from both the three-point and free throw line.
Jonathan Blount led the Gents with 15 points; Maxx Nakwaasah added 13, while Jeron Trotman and Aaron Harwell both finished with 11 points in the loss.
Centenary scored the first four points of the game, but the Jacks bounced right back with a 23-1 run and never looked back. SDSU led 54-26 at the half, and led by as many as 36 in the second half.
The Jackrabbits return home for one final weekend of action next week, when they host IUPUI on Thursday at 7 p.m., and Western Illinois on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
NOTES: Sargent broke the three-point record in 611 career attempts, 25 fewer than Hansen, who still holds the record for three-point attempts in a career with 636 ... the Jackrabbits broke the SDSU team record for three-point field goals in a single season with 222, breaking the old mark of 218, set during the 2008-09 season ... in addition to his SDSU record 236 three-pointers, Clint Sargent took over sole possession of eighth place on the career scoring charts with 1,414 points, 10 points shy of passing former teammate Kai Williams (1,423 points from 2006-10) for seventh all-time at SDSU ... the Jacks scored more than 100 points for the second time this season (105 points at Southern Utah on Jan. 1) ... Brayden Carlson's career-high 11 points breaks his previous mark of seven, a mark he set against Centenary on Jan. 6, at Frost Arena ... Jordan Dykstra's career-high 11 rebounds breaks his previous high of nine, which he did twice; vs. Centenary on Jan. 6, and at IUPUI on Jan. 15