Jacks close home schedule with IUPUI and Western Illinois
The South Dakota State men play their final three games of the regular season on the road, so the home portion of the 2010-11 schedule comes to a close this week for the Jackrabbits with games against IUPUI on Thursday and against Western Illinois on Saturday, when the Jackrabbits honor seniors Dale Moss, Clint Sargent and Payton Tivis.
The Jackrabbits return home for the final time after splitting a pair of Summit League games last weekend. Falling 77-73 at Oral Roberts on Thursday, before bouncing back with a 102-73, history making win at Centenary on Saturday.
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.
In addition the Sargent's individual mark, the team set a new SDSU single-season record for three pointers by going 12-for-26 from long distance, which give the team 222 treys for the season, topping the mark of 218 set in 2008-09.
As for the game itself, all 11 Jackrabbits to suit up scored in the win, which boosts their record 15-9 overall and 7-6 in The Summit League. The 15 wins mark a Division I-best for SDSU and secures the first winning regular season for the Jacks since making the jump.
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.
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.
Wolters leads the Jackrabbit offense through 24 games with 18.7 points per game, with 144 assists and 34 steals. Sargent averages 15.8 points per game and adds 2.8 rebounds. Jordan Dykstra averages 10.1 points per game and leads the team with 5.2 rebounds per game and with 15 blocks.
JACKRABBITS AMONG THE NATION'S BEST - The Jackrabbits enter the week ranked third nationally with 10.3 turnovers per game, fourth with a 42.2 three-point field goal percentage and sixth with 9.3 three-pointers per game. The Jacks also rank ninth with a 4.5 turnover margin and 10th in scoring offense with 81.6 points per game.
Individually, Nate Wolters ranks 16th in the nation with a 2.73 assist to turnover ratio and 20th with 5.9 assists per game, while Clint Sargent ranks 32nd nationally with 2.8 three-point field goals per game and 35th with a 40.6 three-point field goal percentage.
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 eighth all-time with 1,414 points, 10 shy of passing former teammate Kai Williams (1,423 points from 2006-10) for seventh on the all-time list.
SARGENT SETS THREE-POINT RECORD - In addition to his climb up the all-time scoring charts, senior Clint Sargent broke the SDSU career three-point record in the Jacks win over Centenary. Sargent enters the week with 236 career three-pointers, after breaking the SDSU career record of 235, set by Jackrabbit assistant Austin Hansen from 2000-03.
LONG DISTANCE RECORD FALLS - Not only can Sargent take credit for the individual three-point record, he played a large part in another long distance record. The Jackrabbits broke the SDSU team record for three-point field goals in a single season on Saturday at Centenary with 222, breaking the old mark of 218, set during the 2008-09 season.
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 .936 free throw percentage, with 44 makes in 47 attempts.
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
IUPUI Jaguars (15-10, 9-3 Summit) - Winners of seven of their last eight games, IUPUI comes to Brookings fresh off a 100-88 win over league-leader Oakland, ending the Golden Grizzlies Summit League record 20-game league winning streak.
The only blemish on the Jaguars record over the last eight games would be an 85-77 double overtime loss at UMKC on Jan. 20.
Alex Young leads the Jags, and the league, with 20 points per game and adds 6.9 rebounds per game. Leroy Nobles adds 16.9 points and 4.0 rebounds per game, while Stephen Thomas averages 11.2 points and 3.7 rebounds per game.
The Series vs. IUPUI - The Jaguars lead the all-time series 6-1 after sweeping the season series in 2009-10 and winning the first meeting of the 2010-11 season. The lone SDSU win in the series cam on Jan. 10, 2009, an 83-63 Jackrabbit win at Frost Arena.
The first meeting, at IUPUI (1/15/11) - SDSU led by as many as 14 points in the first half in the first meeting of the season at IUPUI, but the Jaguars scored 56 points on 76 percent shooting (23-of-30) in the second half to come back and down the Jackrabbits 81-76.
Nate Wolters led the Jackrabbits with 24 points; Clint Sargent scored 17 and Jordan Dykstra 10 points in the loss. Dykstra led all players with nine rebounds, one shy of his first-career double-double.
Alex Young led the Jaguars with 27 points. Leroy Nobles added 21 and Christian Siakam 12 points in the win.
The Jacks led by nine at 34-25 at the half, and boosted that lead to 11 early in the second half before Young heated up, and scored 22 of his game-high 27 points in the second half.
Despite the hot shooting Jags, the Jacks held onto the lead until Young broke a 66-all tie and put the Jags up for good with 2:31 left on the clock.
Western Illinois Fighting Leathernecks (7-16, 2-10 Summit) - The Fighting Leathernecks, who play at North Dakota State on Thursday, enter the week riding a six game losing streak, and dropped nine of their last ten games, with a 67-62 win over the Bison at home on Jan. 15 representing the lone win.
Matt Lander leads the struggling Leathernecks with 16.5 points per game and with 58 assists. The only other Western player to average in double figures, Kaimarr Price averages 10.7 points and a team-high 6.8 rebounds per game.
The Series vs. Western Illinois - The Jackrabbits lead the all-time series 6-3 after sweeping the season series for the first time in 2009-10 and after winning the first meeting of the 2010-11 season. Last year's win in Macomb, Ill., on Dec. 5, 2009, not only marked the 1,300th win in program history, it gave the Jacks their first-ever Summit League road win.
The first meeting, at Western Illinois (1/13/11) - Playing in front of a large contingent of family and friends, Seneca, Ill., native Griffan Callahan tied a career-high with 20 points in leading SDSU to a convincing 81-50 win over Western Illinois in the first meeting of the season in Macomb, Ill.
Callahan tied the career mark on 7-of-10 shooting, including a 4-of-7 night from three point range, but did miss his second free throw of the season in 44 tires by going 2-for-3 at the line. He got plenty of help in the win with 18 points and a career-high 10 rebounds from Nate Wolters, his second double-double of the season. Wolters also added seven assists. Chad White pitched in with 13 points off the bench, while Clint Sargent scored 11 points.
Matt Lander led the Fighting Leathernecks, who fall to 6-10 overall and 1-5 in league play, with 12 points.
SDSU held Western to just 40 percent from the floor in the second half on 18-of-45 shooting, and countered with a 52 percent performance on 29-of-56 shooting, as the Jackrabbits pulled away in the second half.
NEXT UP FOR THE JACKRABBITS - The Jackrabbits return to the road for their final three games of the regular season, starting next weed at IPFW on Thursday and at Oakland on Saturday, followed by the regular season finale on Feb. 25, at North Dakota State.