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League play opens against Omaha

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 11/30/2012 15:54:31

Another buzzer-beater under their belt, the last one extending South Dakota State's home win streak to 20 games, the Jackrabbits look to make it 21 in a row inside Frost Arena on Saturday, when they open Summit League play against league newcomer Omaha at 6:30 p.m.

The Jackrabbit women get things started with against Middle Tennessee State at 4 p.m. in the first game of the doubleheader.

The Jackrabbit men return to action after a thrilling buzzer-beating win over North Dakota on Wednesday, when Chad White hit a three-pointer as the final horn sounded to give the Jacks a 71-70 win over UND.

The shot marked the fourth time this season that an SDSU game came down to the final shot, and the second time that last shot fell in favor of the Jackrabbits, both times off the hands of White.

Trailing 70-68 with 12 seconds left in Wednesday's game, the Jacks took the ball up the floor, where it ended up in White's hands with time ticking down. The junior from Madison took an off balance shot from the left corner and it fell in as the buzzer sounded.

The Jackrabbits jumped out to a 10-0 lead, but quickly went cold after a North Dakota time out. UND proceeded to shoot 56 percent in the first half on 14-of-25 shooting, and took a 38-32 lead into the locker room at halftime.

SDSU, on the other hand, shot 33 percent in the first half on 9-of-27 shooting, including a 2-for-9 effort from three-point range.

The game evened out a bit in the second half, which saw six of the eight ties and 13 of the 14 lead changes.

White finished with nine points in the win. Both Nate Wolters and Jordan Dykstra contributed 21. Wolters added six assists and five rebounds, while

Dykstra finished with a game-high eight rebounds. Tony Fiegen added 14 points, despite sitting much of the game in foul trouble.

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
- 1480 AM KSDR - Watertown
- 1490 AM - KORN - Mitchell

Pierre, S.D., native Tyler Merriam returns for his second season as the voice of Jackrabbit men's basketball, and also serves as the voice of Jackrabbit football.

Veteran play-by-play man Steve Imming comes out of retirement for one game to call the SDSU vs. Omaha game on Saturday to fill in for Merriam, who heads to Fargo, N.D., to call the Jackrabbit football playoff game at North Dakota State.

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 all 21 Jackrabbit varsity sports teams by tuning into "The Jackrabbit Insider."

Hosted by Tyler Merriam, the show airs on Sundays on KTTW FOX 17 at 10:30 p.m., and can also be seen on Fox Sports North at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays.

WOLTERS CLIMBS THE 1,000-POINT CLUB LADDER - Nate Wolters became the 42nd member of the SDSU 1,000-Point Club in a win over Sam Houston State on Nov. 22, and enters tonight's game with 1,781 career points, good for fourth all-time at SDSU, just 35 points shy of passing assistant coach Austin Hansen for third on the all-time list and 42 points shy of passing Lee Colburn for second on the all-time list.

WOLTERS CHASES ALL-TIME SCORING RECORD - Nate Wolters scored 907 points in his first two years as a Jackrabbit, including the SDSU sophomore record with 604 points. His SDSU junior record of 721 points gave him 1,628 career points, leaving him 304 points shy of breaking the SDSU of 1,931. His 153 points so far this season leaves him 151 points shy of the record.

MORE THAN JUST A SCORER - In addition to his scoring prowess, Nate Wolters continues his climb up the all-time assists charts at SDSU. His 188 assists as a sophomore represents the third best single-season total in SDSU history, and his 202 as a junior marks the second-highest single-season total at SDSU. Adding to that, his 520 career assists ranks second all-time at SDSU, 86 shy of breaking the all-time mark of 605 assists. 

AT THE BUZZER - The Jackrabbits lost the 2012-13 season opener at Alabama on a 3-point buzzer beater and lost at Hofstra on Nov. 16 on a 3-pointer with three seconds left.

The Jacks turned the tables on Nov. 17 vs. Marshall, as Chad White hit a 3-pointer with two seconds left to lift SDSU to a win. White did it again on Wednesday, hitting an off-balance 3-pointer as the horn sounded to give the Jacks a 71-70 win over North Dakota.

THE JACKRABBITS IN THE MID-MAJOR TOP-25 - The Jackrabbits opened the season ranked No. 12 in the collegeinsider.com Mid-Major Top-25 poll, held strong at No. 12 in the poll released on Nov. 12, but fell two spots to No. 14 in the poll released Nov. 14. SDSU climbed one spot to No. 13 in the poll released on Nov. 26.

WOLTERS ON MULTIPLE AWARDS WATCH LISTS - The only player in Division I men's basketball to average at least 20 points, five rebounds and five assists per game in 2011-12 put senior Nate Wolters on the national map, which led him earning place on multiple preseason awards lists.

- Candidate for Senior CLASS Award - SeniorClassAward.com
- Named on the Wooden Award Preseason Top-50 List - WoodenAward.com

- Lute Olson preseason All-America selection - LuteOlsonAward.com

WOLTERS DOUBLES-DOWN - After posting a total of five double-doubles in his first three years as a Jackrabbit, Wolters enters tonight's game with eight in his career after posting double-doubles in three of the last five games.

DYKSTRA CLOSING IN ON 1,OOO-POINT MILESTONE - Junior Jordan Dykstra scored 351 points as a freshman and 362 points as a sophomore, which gave him 713 for his to start the season. His 85 points this season gives him 798 for his career, 202 shy of becoming the 43rd member of the SDSU 1,000-Point Club. 

PERFECT AT HOME - The Jackrabbits entered the season with 17 straight home wins, and pushed that total to 20 with the win over North Dakota on Wednesday. 

SDSU won a team-record 27 straight home games from 2002-04, starting with a 98-78 win over Colorado Mines on Nov. 29, 2002, and ending with a 107-104 overtime loss to Omaha on Jan. 10, 2004.    

SEVEN IN DOUBLE FIGURES - All 10 Jackrabbits scored at least one point in the Jacks 96-48 win over UDC, seven of which reached double figures. Taévaunn Prince led the way with 13 points, Jordan Dykstra, Nate Wolters, Zach Horstman, Chad White and Marcus Heemstra all scored 12 and Tony Fiegen 10 points in the win.

WOLTERS SETS SDSU JUNIOR SCORING RECORD - Already the SDSU sophomore scoring record holder, Nate Wolters added the junior scoring record to his list of accomplishments in the Jacks 75-64 win over IUPUI on Feb. 25, 2012. Wolters finished his junior season with 721 points, breaking the previous record by 88 points.

NOT JUST NATE - Nate Wolters led the Jacks with 21.2 points per game last year and reached double figures in all 34 games he played, but he got plenty of help. In addition to Wolters' 34 games in double figures, the Jackrabbits combined for 84 double-figure performances in 35 games. 

At least four Jackrabbits scored 10 points in the same game 15 times last season, with four players reaching double figures nine times, five players reaching double figures five times and six players once.

DYKSTRA SETS SDSU THREE-POINT RECORD - Jordan Dykstra made his final two three-point attempts vs. Buffalo on Feb. 18, 2012, went 5-for-5 from beyond the arc against Western Illinois on Feb. 23, 2012, and made his first four three-point attempts vs. IUPUI in Feb. 25, 2012. That marks 11 consecutive three-pointers over a span of three games and a new SDSU record, breaking the old mark of nine in a row.

NAGY NOTCHES 300th CAREER WIN - Already the most prolific coach in SDSU history, head coach Scott Nagy entered the 2011-12 season with 289 wins, just 11 shy of reaching the 300-win milestone, which he reached in the Jackrabbits 94-58 win over IPFW on Dec. 28, 2012. Nagy finished the 2011-12 season with a 316-198 career record and a .615 winning percentage. 

JACKS POST FIRST 20-WIN SEASON AT DIVISON I - The South Dakota State Men's Basketball team beat UMKC 75-62 on Feb. 11, for their 20th win of the season, and first at the Division I level. The program now boasts 20 seasons with at least 20 wins, nine of which came during the Scott Nagy era.

JACKS TIE SCHOOL RECORD FOR WINS - Scott Nagy led the Jackrabbits to a school record 27-win season in 2003-04, the program's final season in Division II, and equaled that mark in 2011-12 with a 27-8 record.

DENVER JOINS THE SUMMIT - The University of Denver accepted an invitation to become The Summit League's newest member institution, the university and league announced on Nov. 27. Denver joins The Summit League during the 2013-14 academic year, with its membership taking effect on July 1, 2013. 

THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT

OMAHA MAVERICKS (2-6, 0-1 Summit) - Now in their second year as a Division I program, the Mavericks entered their first-ever Summit League weekend with a 2-5 overall record, with a 77-64 home win over Northern Illinois and a 68-66 neutral site win over Chicago State.

A former North Central Conference member, Omaha played its first-ever Summit League game on Thursday at North Dakota State, but fell hard in a 95-51 defeat in Fargo against the Bison, who finished with five players in double figures, compared to just one for the Mavericks.  

THE SERIES vs. OMAHA - SDSU leads the all-time series 46-31, despite dropping the last three games in the series, including a 107-104 overtime loss on Jan. 10, 2004 at Frost Arena, and a 74-63 loss on Feb. 27, 2004 in the last meeting in Omaha.

THE LAST MEETING: at Omaha, Feb. 27, 2004 - South Dakota State's eight game winning streak came to a screeching halt in Omaha, as the No. 2 ranked Jackrabbits struggled from the floor in a 74-63 loss at Nebraska-Omaha at Sapp Fieldhouse.

The Jackrabbits shot 40 percent in the first half on 13-of-32 shooting, but went ice cold in the second half, shooting just 27 percent, going 7-of-27 from the floor, including a 1-for-12 mark from three-point range.

The Mavericks, on the other hand, shot 48.5 percent in the first half on 16-of-33 shooting in taking a 40-31 lead into halftime, and then really got hot in the second half in shooting 55 percent, making 10 of their 18 shots.

Andy Moeller led the anemic SDSU offense with 12 points; the only Jackrabbit to reach double figures in scoring. Josh Cerveny and Marquise Richardson both contributed nine points in the loss. 

UNO's Ty Graham led all players with 24 points, while Randy Bland and Tola Dada both finished with 13 points for the Mavs in the win.

NEXT UP FOR THE JACKRABBITS - SDSU hits the road for a one game swing at Minnesota on Tuesday, but returns home to host Dakota State on Thursday at 7 p.m., and CSU Bakersfield on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 2 p.m. 

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