The 2010-11 regular season comes to an end this week for South Dakota State when the Jackrabbits travel to Fargo, N.D., to take on North Dakota State on Friday at 7 p.m., in the regular season finale.
The Jacks split the final two game weekend of the season last week on the road. SDSU picked-up its first-ever win in Fort Wayne, Ind., on Thursday and swept the season series with IPFW for the first time with a convincing 80-64 win. The Jackrabbit then played regular season champion Oakland tough for the second time this season, but came on the short end of a 105-96 shootout on Saturday.
Nate Wolters scored 29 points to break the sophomore scoring record, Jordan Dykstra scored a career-high 25 points and Clint Sargent recorded his third-career double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds, but the milestones all came in a loss to The Summit League's regular season champion Oakland on Saturday.
The teams traded baskets early in the game to the tune of seven ties and seven lead changes. The Jackrabbits largest lead of the game came with 7:17 left to play in the first half, a 36-30 advantage that the Golden Grizzlies quickly erased with a 15-0 run.
Dykstra ended the Oakland run at the 2:40 mark of the first half with one of his four three-pointers to cut the OU lead to six points at 49-43, but the Jacks would never lead again.
Oakland finished the game shooting 54 percent from the floor (38-of-70), and got 22 points from both Larry Wright and Travis Bader, who went 6-of-10 from long range. Keith Benson added 18 points and a game-high 13 rebounds, Will Hudson scored 17 and Reggie Hamilton 14 points in the win.
Wolters leads the Jackrabbits into the final game of the regular season with 19.2 points per game, with 173 assists and with 39 steals. He also pitches in with 4.5 rebounds per game. Sargent adds 15.8 points and 3.4 rebounds per game and easily leads the Jacks with 79 three-pointers on the season. Dykstra averages 11.1 points per game and leads the Jackrabbits with 5.1 rebounds per game.
JACKRABBITS AMONG THE NATION'S BEST - The Jackrabbits enter the week ranked third nationally with 10 turnovers per game and with a 1.57 assist to turnover ration. The Jacks also ranks fourth with a .422 three-point field goal percentage, sixth with 9.2 three-pointers per game, ninth with a 4.4 turnover ratio and 10th with 82 points per game.
Individually, Nate Wolters ranks 10th nationally with 6.2 assists per game and 14th with a 2.79 assist to turnover ratio. Clint Sargent enters the week ranked 28th in the nation with 2.8 three-pointers per game and 32nd with a .407 three-point field goal percentage.
CLIMBING THE 1,000 POINT CLUB LADDER - Sargent started the season tied for 33rd on the all-time list with 1,035 points, but enters the regular season finale with 1,476 points, the most by any Jackrabbit to play his entire career at the Division I level and sixth most all-time. Sargent needs 13 points to move up to fifth on the all-time scoring charts.
SARGENT SETS THREE-POINT RECORD, EYES ANOTHER - Adding to his legacy at SDSU, Sargent broke the SDSU career three-point record in the Jacks win at Centenary on Feb. 5, and enters the final week of the season with 248 career threes.
Each three Sargent makes now brings him closer to the single-season record of 85, set by Austin Hansen in 2003 and equaled by Andy Moeller in 2004. Sargent enters the week with 79 three-pointers this season, tied for third in the SDSU record book with former teammate Garrett Callahan, who made 79 treys in 2009.
LONG DISTANCE RECORD FALLS - Not only can Sargent take credit for the individual three-point record, he also played a large part in breaking another record. In the same game that Sargent set the career record, the 2010-11 Jackrabbits broke the team single-season record for three-pointers in a season, finished the game at Centenary with 222, which breaks the old mark of 218, set during the 2008-09 season. The Jacks enter the week with an SDSU record 257 three-point makes on the season.
WOLTERS SETS SOPHOMORE RECORD - Nate Wolters needed 26 points to tie the sophomore scoring record and 27 to break it entering last week's game at Oakland, and scored 29 to break the record of 534 points, set by the Jackrabbits all-time leading scorer Mark Tetzlaff in 1983. Both Tetzlaff and Wolters set the mark in 28 games.
WOLTERS NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK - Point guard Nate Wolters earned Summit League Player of the Week honors for the third time this season after he broke the SDSU sophomore scoring record last weekend at Oakland.
Wolters claimed the award after averaging 29.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 6.5 assists in a pair of road games against top-half league opponents. At IPFW, Wolters scored 22 of his 30 points in the second half to lead the Jackrabbits to their first-ever win in Fort Wayne. He also added nine rebounds, seven assists and one steal while converting 11-of-13 free throw attempts.
Two nights later at league champion Oakland, Wolters scored 29 points, connecting on 11 field goals, with six assists, five rebounds and a pair of steals.
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 OPPONENT
North Dakota State Bison (13-14, 7-10 Summit) - The Bison enter the final week of the season after dropping four of their last five games, including the last three, but did take IUPUI down to the wire in their last home game and played regular season champion Oakland down to the wire in a 71-69 loss last Thursday in Rochester Mich.
Michael Tveidt leads the Bison in scoring with 15.3 points per game, shooting .497 from the floor overall and .456 from long range. He also adds 3.7 rebounds per game and ranks third on the team with 59 assists. The only other NDSU player to average in double figures, Eric Carlson averages 10.6 points per game. Marshall Bjorklund and Taylor Braun both average 5.4 rebounds per game to lead the Bison, with Bjorklund adding 8.5 points per game and Taylor 8.1 points per game.
The Series vs. North Dakota State - The Bison lead the all-time series with SDSU 108-92, including wins in each of the last nine meetings. The last Jackrabbit win in the series came on Feb. 18, 2006, when the Jacks won a 67-65 thriller at Frost Arena.
The first meeting, vs. NDSU (12/4/10) - The SDSU men put two streaks on the line in the first meeting of the season against North Dakota State on Dec. 4. The first being its six game winning streak, the second being its eight game losing streak to the Bison. Unfortunately for the Jackrabbits, and despite a career-high 36 points from Nate Wolters, the later streak prevailed, as the Jacks fell 82-75 in front of 5,547 fans at Frost Arena, snapping the Jackrabbits Division I-best six game winning streak.
Wolters game and career-high 36 points marked the best performance by a Jackrabbit at Frost Arena since Andy Moeller scored 32 against Northern State on March 13, 2004, and the most points scored by a Jackrabbit since Austin Hansen scored 36 against Fort Hays State in the North Central Regional Tournament on March 14, 2003.
TrayVonn Wright led five Bison in double figures with 15 points and added a game-high 15 rebounds, including nine offensive boards, as NDSU dominated the glass with a 55-37 rebounding edge.
Jacks opened on a 7-0 run, but NDSU rebounded with a 15-2 run and led by as many as 11 in the first half before Wolters cut the lead the nine with a late bucket that gave the Bison a 37-28 lead at halftime.
The Jackrabbits started cutting into that lead in the second half and came back to force three ties before eventually taking a 53-51 lead 10:48 left in the game on a Wolters steal that led to a Dale Moss dunk.
The lead did not last though, as the Bison quickly tied the game for the fourth and final time with an offensive rebound and dunk by Wright. NDSU forced a turnover on the other end and then went up for good when Carlson put back a Wright miss to put the Bison up 55-53 with just over nine minutes left to play.
NEXT UP FOR THE JACKRABBITS - The Jackrabbits return to action next weekend at The Summit League Championships in Sioux Falls at the Sioux Falls Arena. The Jackrabbits do not yet know their seed in the tournament, or their opponent.