SIOUX FALLS - South Dakota State started hot an never let up on Saturday in a 77-56 win over IUPUI in The Summit League Championships quarterfinals at the Sioux Falls Arena in front of a sellout crowd of 6,614 mostly Jackrabbit fans.
The Jackrabbits improve to 25-7 on the season with the win, while the Jaguars end the season with a 14-18 record.
SDSU jumped out to an early 13-4 lead, only to see IUPUI come right back with an 8-0 run to get within one point at 13-12 with 12 minutes and 21 seconds left in the first half.
The Jacks countered with a 7-0 spurt, part of a 14-4 run that pushed the Jackrabbit lead to double digits at 27-16 with 6:49 left in the half, before SDSU eventually went to halftime with a 40-28 lead, after Nate Wolters scored in the waning seconds of the half.
South Dakota State quickly pushed the lead to 16 points at the start of the second half, and never let the Jaguars get any closer than 13 points for the rest of the game, all while increasing the lead to a game-high mark of 21.
Wolters led four Jackrabbits in double figures with a game-high 22 points, and tied for game-high honors with seven rebounds and with six assists. Brayden Carlson finished with 12 points, Tony Fiegen scored 11 points, with seven rebounds and a career-high four assists, while Taévaunn Prince added 10 points off the bench in the win.
SDSU finished the game 56.6 percent from the floor on 30-of-53 shooting, and held IUPUI to 43.4 percent from the floor on 23-of-43 shooting.
SDSU also won the rebounding battle 30-24, which resulted in 13 second chance points, compared to two from the Jags. SDSU only committed three fewer turnovers than IUPUI, 15-12, but scored 23 points off of turnovers, compared to just nine from IUPUI.
Ian Chiles led four Jaguars in double figures with 15 points. Sean Esposito added 11 points, while Alex Young and Stephen Thomas both added 10 points in the loss. Young did dish out six assists to tie with Wolters for game-high honors.
The No. 2 seeded Jackrabbits advance to play the winner of the No. 3 seed Oakland vs. No. 6 seed Southern Utah game on Monday at 8:30 p.m. The Golden Grizzlies and Thunderbirds play on Sunday at 8:30 p.m.
NOTES: The Jackrabbits improve to 3-0 this season against IUPUI and to 5-6 all-time against the Jaguars ... SDSU evens its Summit League Championships record at 3-3 and advances to the semifinals for a third time ... SDSU is 0-2 all-time in the league semifinals, with both losses coming at the hands of Oakland (2009 and 2011) ... SDSU improves to 21-1 this season when leading at the half and to 3-0 in games played a neutral site ... four Jackrabbits scored in double figures for the ninth time this season, all SDSU wins ... at least four Jackrabbits scored in double figures for the 15th time this season. SDSU is 14-1 in those games ... Wolters' 22 points extends the SDSU junior scoring record to 657 points ... Wolters scored at least 20 points for the 12th time this season and extended his double figures scoring streak to 36 straight games