On the same night South Dakota State honored Clint Sargent for breaking its all-time three-point record, the senior from South Sioux City, Neb., showed his appreciation by draining a career-high seven treys in an 81-70 win over IUPUI on Thursday at Frost Arena.
Sargent went 7-of-11 from long range in scoring 23 points to lead the Jackrabbits, who improve to 16-9 overall and 8-6 in The Summit League. Nate Wolters added 21 points and tied a career-high with 11 assists for his third career double-double. Jordan Dykstra added 13 points off the bench to round out the Jacks double-digit scorers.
Leroy Nobles led five Jaguars in double figures with 19 points. Alex Young scored 14, Stephen Thomas 13, while Sean Esposito and John Ashworth both finished with 10 points. The Jags fall to 15-11 overall and 9-4 in league play with the loss.
The Jacks opened the scoring and, minus a 4-all tie less than three minutes into the game, led for the entire first half. SDSU lead by as many as 12 points in the first half, but the Jaguars scored on an inbound play just before the first half buzzer sounded to cut the lead to five points at 39-34 at halftime.
The Jags carried that momentum into the second half, scoring the first five points of the second frame to tie the game at 39-39 with 18:41 left to play. Sargent quickly squashed the short IUPUI run with a three-pointer at the other end that put the Jacks up for good.
To remove any doubt about the outcome of the contest, a Dykstra layup with 14:00 minutes left started an 18-0 Jackrabbit run, highlighted by a Dale Moss dunk on an inbound from Wolters, a quick defensive stop and a Sargent bomb that sent the boisterous crowd of 1,933 fans into a frenzy, prompting a timeout from the IUPUI bench.
The run ended with 8:49 on the clock and the Jacks up 22 at 67-45. The Jags would slowly cut into the SDSU lead, but never came any closer than 11 points the rest of the game.
The Jackrabbits return to action on Saturday, when they host Western Illinois on Senior Night at 7:30 p.m., following the SDSU women's game against the Fighting Leathernecks at 5 p.m.
NOTES: The Jackrabbits improve to 6-2 all-time against IUPUI, with the only other win coming on Jan. 10, 2009 by the score of 83-63 ... Sargent increased his career three-point record to 243 ... Sargent also passed former teammate Kai Williams (1,423 points from 2006-10) for seventh on the all-time scoring charts with 1,437 points, 13 shy of passing another former teammate, Garrett Callahan (1,449 points from 2006-10) for sixth all-time at SDSU ... Wolters finished the game with 469 points on the season, 66 points shy of breaking the SDSU sophomore scoring record of 534, set by Mark Tetzlaff in 1983.