Fresh off a record-shattering night from Nate Wolters on Thursday, South Dakota State puts its eight game winning streak on the line on Saturday at Oakland, which enters the game riding a four game winning streak that includes wins over two teams that came to town sitting atop The Summit League standings in Western Illinois and North Dakota State.
The game, which can be seen live on Fox Sports North, Fox Sports Detroit and on Fox College Sports Atlantic, begins at 5:05 p.m.
THE LAST TIME OUT; Feb. 7, at Fort Wayne: FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Nate Wolters scored an SDSU single-game record and Division I single-game season-high 53 points and added an SDSU single-game record nine 3-pointers in a come-from-behind 80-74 win at Fort Wayne on Thursday
Wolters scored 38 of his points in the second half, one more than the entire IPFW team, finishing the night 17-of-28 shooting overall, 9-of-14 from 3-point range and 10-of-11 from the free throw line.
The 53 points not only tops his previous career-high of 36, but breaks the SDSU single-game mark of 44 points, set by Dave Thomas against Coe College on March 10, 1973. His nine 3-pointers tops his previous high of five, set in the season-opener at Alabama, and breaks the SDSU mark of eight, a mark set by Jason Sempsrott on Jan. 12, 1996 vs. North Dakota State, and by Randy Suarez against Augustana on Feb. 7, 1987.
As for the game, The Jackrabbits came out cold and trailed by as many as 11 points in the first half before going into halftime down by eight points at 37-29.
The second half didn't start much better, even after the Jacks cut the lead to six at 37-31 early, IPFW pushed the lead back to 11 points at 44-33 with just over 17 minutes to play
That's when Wolters and Tony Fiegen, who finished with 11 points, began to get SDSU back in the game with a 17-3 run that got the Jacks to within three at 50-47 with 11:22 to play.
From there, SDSU climbed back to tie the game at 52, the first of seven ties in the second half before Wolters put the Jacks up for good at 70-68 with 1:47 left in the game on his record-tying eighth triple of the game.
SDSU never trailed again, and got some key free throws from Wolters, Fiegen and Chad White to seal the win down the stretch.
TRACKING THE JACKRABBITS
RABBITS ON THE RADIO - Originated from the AM 570 WNAX studios in Yankton, S.D., every SDSU men's basketball games can be heard live 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, and 2012 South Dakota Sportscaster of the Year, Tyler Merriam returns for his second season as the voice of Jackrabbit men's basketball. He also serves as the voice of Jackrabbit football.
RABBITS AT OAKLAND ON TV - Originated by Fox Sports Detroit with John Keating on the play-by-play and NBA veteran Mateen Cleaves as the analyst, Fox Sports North picked up the game, which starts at 4 p.m. CT, and scheduled an airing of the latest episode of "The Jackrabbit Insider" following the game.
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THE JACKRABBIT EXTRA - Subscribers to the Jackrabbit Extra on GoJacks.com watch every SDSU 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.
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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.
DOWN TO THE WIRE - The Jackrabbits lost the 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 Nov. 28, hitting an off-balance 3-pointer as the horn sounded to give the Jacks a 71-70 win over North Dakota.
The Jacks added a double overtime thriller to the mix on Dec. 15 at Montana, when Tony Fiegen sank two free throws with nine seconds left in the second overtime, the last of 19 lead changes in the 68-67 SDSU win.
So far this season, SDSU played a total of seven games decided by three or fewer points, posting an 3-4 record in those games.
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 a place on multiple award watch lists.
ELITE COMPANY - Nate Wolters entered the week on pace to become the first player since the NCAA began keeping assists as an official statistic (1983-84) to average 20 points, five assists and five rebounds in two separate seasons. In 2011-12, he averaged 21.2 points, 5.9 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game and became the fifth to achieve a 20-5-5 season. Wolters' 2012-13 pace could allow him to reach an elite group with a 20-points, six-assist and five rebound average, a feat he missed by just one assist in 2011-12 only two other players in NCAA history achieved.
- Nate Wolters (South Dakota State), 2011-12 - 21.2 ppg, 5.9 apg, 5.1 rpg
- Norris Cole (Cleveland State), 2010-11 - 21.7 ppg, 5.3, apg, 5.8 rpg
- Evan Turner (Ohio State), 2009-10 - 20.4 ppg, 6.0 apg, 9.2 rpg
- Ricky Minard (Morehead State), 2003-04 - 21.8 ppg, 5.1 apg, 7.3 rpg
- Speedy Claxton (Hofstra), 1999-2000 - 22.8 ppg, 6.0 apg, 5.4 rpg
WOLTERS ERUPTS! - In the Jacks 80-74 win at Fort Wayne on Feb. 7, Wolters set SDSU single-game records with 53 points and with nine 3-pointers. In addition to those marks, the 53-point performance marks the third-highest in Summit League history, trailing only North Dakota State's Ben Woodside (60 vs. Stephen F. Austin, Dec. 12, 2008) and UMKC's Michael Watson (54 vs. Oral Roberts, Feb. 22, 2003).
PERFECT AT HOME - The Jackrabbits entered the season with 17 straight home wins, and with 11 in a row at home this season, set the school and Summit League record for consecutive home wins with 28. The Jacks home winning streak ranks second in the nation behind Syracuse with 36.
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.
DYKSTRA DOUBLES UP - After posting a single double-double in each of his first two seasons, junior Jordan Dykstra posted double-doubles in five games this season, including 16 points and 10 rebounds in the double overtime win at Montana, a 10 point, 10 rebound game in the Jacks upset at New Mexico, a 22 point, 13 rebound game against Oakland and an 18 point, career-high 14 rebound game against South Dakota on Jan. 31.
A FIRST FOR THE JACKRABBITS - South Dakota State's victory at previously unbeaten and No. 16 ranked New Mexico on Dec. 22, marked SDSU's first victory over a ranked opponent at the Division I level and gave The Summit League its first win over a ranked team this season. The Jackrabbits lost their first seven games against ranked opponents in Division I.
ON THE RECORD
WOLTERS SETS SCORING RECORDS - Nate Wolters became the 42nd member of the SDSU 1,000-Point Club in a win over Sam Houston State on Nov. 22, 2011, and instantly began his climb up the all-time charts at SDSU. He reached the top of the list on Jan. 5 at South Dakota, when he broke Mark Tetzlaff's 28 year-old record in the DakotaDome. In addition to the career record, Wolters set the SDSU single game scoring record with a 53-point outburst at Fort Wayne on Thursday, when he also set the SDSU single-game record with nine 3-pointers.
WOLTERS SETS FREE THROWS RECORD - Adding to his legacy, Wolters tied the SDSU career free throws made record 532 at Kansas City on Jan. 3, and then broke the record with his first make at South Dakota on Jan. 5. He enters the week game with an SDSU record 581 in his career.
WOLTERS JOINS 2,000-POINT CLUB - Wolters scored 1,628 points in his first three years as a Jackrabbit, including the SDSU sophomore record with 604 points and the junior record with 721 points. He entered his senior season 372 points shy of becoming the first member of the SDSU 2,000-Point Club, which he accomplished with a 22 point game at Western Illinois on Jan. 17.
MORE THAN JUST A SCORER - In addition to his scoring prowess, Wolters ranks sixth in career steals at SDSU with 176, and continues his climb up the all-time assists charts, and enters the game with 602 career assists, good for second all-time at SDSU, four shy of breaking the all-time mark of 605 assists, set by Brian Norberg from 1995-99.
DYKSTRA HITS 1,OOO-POINT MILESTONE - Junior Jordan Dykstra became the 43rd member of the SDSU 1,000-Point Club in the Jacks win over South Dakota on Jan. 31, and immediately started to climb the scoring charts. He enters the weekend ranked 36th all-time at SDSU with 1,030 points.
GOOD FOR THREE! - Three of the top-10 three-point shooters in SDSU history, based on three-point field goal percentage, currently play for the Jackrabbits. Jordan Dykstra leads the way with .480 percent, Chad White ranks third with a .428 mark from deep and Brayden Carlson comes in tied for 10th, shooting .391 for his career.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT
OAKLAND GOLDEN GRIZZLIES (12-13, 7-4 Summit) - Oakland enters Saturday's game riding a four game winning streak after downing North Dakota State on Thursday by a 66-63 score. The winning streak also includes home wins over IUPUI and Western Illinois at home and a win at Omaha. Both Western Illinois and North Dakota State came into the O'rena sitting atop The Summit League standings, only to leave with a loss.
THE SERIES vs. OAKLAND - The Golden Grizzlies lead the all-time series 10-3. The teams split the 2011-12 series, with the Jacks earning a 76-64 win on Dec. 30, at Frost Arena, and the Golden Grizzlies winning 92-87 on Jan. 26, in Rochester, Mich. SDSU won the first meeting of the season, 81-74, at Frost Arena on Jan. 10.
THE GOLDEN GRIZZLIES THE LAST TIME OUT: Feb. 7, vs. NDSU - ROCHESTER, Mich. (AP) - Oakland coach Greg Kampe earned his 500th official victory Thursday night when the Golden Grizzlies outlasted North Dakota State 66-63.
Oakland (12-13, 7-4 Summit League) trailed 63-62 when Duke Mondy stole the ball from TrayVonn Wright and drove for the go-ahead basket with 20.2 seconds left. Mike Felt then missed an open 3-pointer for the Bison (18-6, 9-3), and although Wright rebounded, he fell down and was called for traveling.
Mondy made two free throws with 6.4 seconds remaining, and the Golden Grizzlies fouled intentionally to prevent a chance for a tying 3-pointer.
Kampe now has 500 victories according to NCAA records, although Oakland credits him with two more because of forfeits.
THE LAST MEETING: vs. Oakland; Jan. 10, 2013 - Tony Fiegen scored a career-high 24 points and Jordan Dykstra added 22 points and a career-high 13 rebounds to lead South Dakota State past Oakland on Jan. 10, in Summit League action at Frost Arena.
The Jackrabbits improve to 12-6 overall with the win and to 3-2 in The Summit League, while Oakland falls to 7-11 overall and to an even 2-2 in the league.
The first half of the game featured nine ties and six lead changes before the Golden Grizzlies took a 37-35 lead into the locker room, but not before Wolters hit a floater at the buzzer to cut the deficit to just two at the break.
The second half looked much like the first, with six more ties and seven more lead changes before the Jacks took the lead for good on a Dykstra jumper with 10 minutes and seven seconds left in the game, part of a 13-1 Jackrabbit run that ended with the home team up 63-54 with 8:22 to play.
Oakland would cut the lead to as few as two points down the stretch, but never regained the lead.
Corey Petros led Oakland in the loss with 22 points and led all players with 15 rebounds. Travis Bader added 21 and Ryan Bass 15 points.
NEXT UP FOR THE JACKRABBITS - SDSU returns home for its final two home games of the season next week, starting with IUPUI on Thursday at 7:05 p.m., followed by the home finale on Saturday against Western Illinois at 4:05 p.m.
Both games can be seen live on Midco Sports Net.