South Dakota State sent seniors Dale Moss, Clint Sargent and Payton Tivis out in style on Saturday night, and all three contributed to the Jackrabbits 82-61 win over Western Illinois in front of 3,885 fans at Frost Arena.
"When those three guys came here four years ago, we weren't great, we were struggling, and they've been through a lot and I've put them through a lot, I've been hard on them," head coach Scott Nagy said about the seniors. "All three of them have had huge hands in helping rebuilding our program, all three of them, and I just appreciate them a lot, I really do, for what they've done for us."
Despite the Senior Night celebrations, freshman Jordan Dykstra stole the show for the Jacks, who improve to 17-9 overall and 9-6 in The Summit League. Dykstra scored led all players with 20 points, all in the second half, 10 of which came from the free throw line, where he made all 10 shots and the Jackrabbits as a team went 26-for-27 on the night.
Griffan Callahan added 13 points, Chad White 12, while Sargent and Fiegen both finished with 10 points, as every Jackrabbit logged at least 15 minutes on the floor. Sargent also tied for game-high honors with nine rebounds.
Matt Lander led a quartet of Fighting Leathernecks in double figures with 16 points. Jack Houpt added 15, Kaimarr Price 12 and Jelani Johnson 10 points in the loss.
The Jacks fell into an early 5-0 hole to open the game, but quickly bounced back with a 13-1 run and continued to pour it on, leading by as many as 20 points on two occasions in the first half before taking a 46-30 lead into the lockerroom at halftime.
The lead continued to grow in the second half, reaching a game high of 28 points on a Brayden Carlson dunk that put the Jacks up 67-39.
The Jackrabbits return to the road for the final three games of the regular season, starting with a Thursday night contest at IPFW. The Jacks and Mastodons tip-off at 7 p.m. ET.
NOTES: SDSU improves to 7-3 all-time against Western Illinois and sweeps the season series for the second year in a row ... Clint Sargent finished the game with 1,447 career-points, leaving him three shy of passing former teammate Garrett Callahan (1,449 points from 2006-10) for sixth all-time at SDSU ... Sargent also made a pair of three-pointers to boost is school record total to 245, 10 more than second place Austin Hansen ... Sargent can also break Hansen's single-season three-point record with nine more makes, and needs to make 10 more three-point attempts to break the SDSU career record of 636, held by Hansen ... Nate Wolters scored nine point in the win, only the second time this season he did not finish in double figures, leaving him 56 points shy of the SDSU sophomore scoring record of 534, set by Mark Tetzlaff in 1983