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Jacks and Racers clash in BracketBusters

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 02/23/2013 18:36:57

Looking to avoid its first back-to-back losses since the second and third games of last season, South Dakota State plays its final non-conference game of the regular season on Saturday in Murray, Ky., when the Jackrabbits take on Murray State in the Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.

THE LAST TIME OUT; Feb. 20, at CSU Bakersfield: South Dakota State played its second double overtime game of the season on Wednesday, but unlike the first one, a 68-67 win at Montana on Dec. 15, the Jackrabbits came out on the losing end of a 79-78 contest at CSU Bakersfield.

The Jackrabbits, who fall to 21-8 on the season, broke an early 2-2 tie with an 8-0 run to go up 10-2 with 14 minutes and 52 seconds left in the first half, and then used a 10-0 run after a 12-all tie to go up 22-12 eight minutes later before taking a 28-20 lead into the locker room at halftime.

The Roadrunners, who improve to 11-16, came out hot in the second half after shooting 17.2 percent in the first half, 5-for-29, scoring the first 10 points of the half, the first of eight lead changes in the half to go along with five tie scores.

Tied at 55 with two seconds left after a foul, the Jacks inbounded the ball from the side to Chad White, who missed a contested shot that forced the first overtime.

CSUB scored first in the first OT and built a 66-60 lead with 2:14 left in the frame, but the Jacks responded with the next six points to force the ninth of 12 ties in the game. Each team followed with a layup before CSUB turned the ball over with less than a second left, forcing the second overtime with a 68-all tie.

The Roadrunners scored the first five points in the second overtime, but the Jacks came back with a 9-2 run to take a 77-75 lead with 1:38 remaining in the game. The lead would not last, as CSUB scored in its next trip down the floor to tie the game at 77.

SDSU drew a pair of fouls after CSUB tied the game, but only converted one of the four attempts, giving the Jacks a 78-77 lead with 11 seconds left, but leaving the 'Runners with the last shot, which they missed, but drew a foul on the rebound with one second left, sending CSUB's Stephon Carter to the free throw line with one second left. He made both and time ran out on SDSU before they could get a shot off, thus ending the game.

The loss spoiled an otherwise brilliant night for Nate Wolters, who finished one assist shy of the first triple-double at SDSU since 2003. He scored a game-high 32 points, adding 10 rebounds and nine assists. Jordan Dykstra also posted a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. White added 15 points and Marcus Heemstra 10 points in the loss.

Carter led four Roadrunners in double figures with 22 points, Brandon Barnes scored 19 and added 10 rebounds, Adam Young scored 16 and Jaante Maynor 15 points in the win.


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.

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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.

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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.


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.

- Named on the Wooden Midseason Top-25 - WoodenAward.com
- Lute Olson preseason All-America selection - LuteOlsonAward.com
- Bob Cousy Award Final 12 Candidate - HoopHall.com

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), but does represent the highest single-game total in league history in a regulation game. It also represents the highest single-game total in NCAA Division I this season.

WOLTERS NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK -For the sixth time this season, for the second straight week and for the 14th time in his career The Summit League named South Dakota State's Nate Wolters as its Player of the Week. Wolters tied The Summit League record with his sixth Player of the Week award this season after leading South Dakota State into sole possession of first place.

Against IUPUI, Wolters scored 18 points in just 27 minutes while adding four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Two days later in a first-place showdown against Western Illinois, Wolters tallied 28 points against the nation's No. 2 scoring defense (51.7 ppg) in a victory that lifted the Jackrabbits to the top spot in the league standings. He had a game-high six assists and three steals and connected on 10-of-16 (62.5 percent) field goal attempts and 4-of-7 (57.1 percent) from beyond the arc.

PERFECT AT HOME - The Jackrabbits entered the season with 17 straight home wins, and then capped their second perfect home season at 13-0 with a 64-55 win over Western Illinois on Feb. 16, giving SDSU a school and Summit League record 30 consecutive home wins. The Jacks home winning streak ranks first in the nation.

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 eight games this season, including each of the last three games, the last being a 11 point, 10 rebound game at CSU Bakersfield on Wednesday, which also marks the first loss this season when Dykstra posts a double-double.  

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.


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 set then set the school record for points in a career 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 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 in a win at Western Illinois on Jan. 17. 

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 tonight's game with an SDSU record 617 in his career.

MORE THAN JUST A SCORER - In addition to his scoring prowess, Wolters set the SDSU career assists record on Feb. 9, at Oakland, when dished out his 606th career assist, topping the old mark of 605, set by Brian Norberg from 1995-99. Wolters enters tonight's game with 626 dimes in his career. He also ranks fifth all-time at SDSU with 182 steals.

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 tonight's game ranked 33rd all-time at SDSU with 1,072 points.

JACKS SET FREE THROWS RECORD - The Jackrabbits combined to go a perfect 17-for-17 from the free throw line at Oakland, for a perfect 100 percent free throw percentage. That ties a perfect 14-for-14 night vs. IPFW on Jan. 5, 2008 and a 13-for-13 night against IUPUI on Feb. 7, 2008, both at Frost Arena.

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 .473 percent, Chad White ranks third with a .430 mark from deep and Brayden Carlson comes tied for ninth, shooting .395 for his career.


MURRAY STATE RACERS (19-7, 10-4 OVC) - The Racers return home after a 106-100 double overtime win at Morehead State on Wednesday, which snapped a short two game losing streak that includes a 65-60 loss at SIUE and a 79-70 loss at Eastern Illinois.

The Racers and Jackrabbits come into the game with two common opponents this season in Tennessee State and Belmont. SDSU beat Tennessee State at home and lost on the road to Belmont, while Murray State beat both teams in Murray, Ky. 


THE RACERS THE LAST TIME OUT: Feb. 14, at Morehead State - The Murray State Racers scored a 106-100 double overtime victory Wednesday at Morehead State in Johnson Arena in Morehead, Ky.

The Racers (19-7, 10-4) also clinched the west division of Ohio Valley Conference and one of the top two seeds in the upcoming OVC Tournament.

Isaiah Canaan led the Racers with his third 30-point game of the season with a season-high 35 with 17 points in the extra time. Ed Daniel added 18 points and nine rebounds, while Brandon Garrett had 16 points and Stacy Wilson 10 to give MSU four in double-figure scoring.

The game looked to be under the Racers' total control when they took a 63-43 over the Eagles with 10:31 left, but MSU saw Morehead State (13-15, 7-7) chip away to make a game of it.

Even with the lead evaporating, MSU was in good shape when Wilson knocked down a three-pointer for a 79-73 lead with 1:09 left, but an Eagles' three-point play by Angelo Warner, a Racer turnover and a three by Bakari Turner with 8.2 seconds left tied the game and sent it to overtime. Murray State was a hair from a tip-in buzzer winner by Daniel, but after reviewing video of the play, officials ruled Daniel's tip came after the buzzer.

In the first overtime, the situation was bleak for the Racers when they trailed 86-79 with 2:26 remaining, but MSU had some magic left.

Canaan cut the Eagles' lead to three with 1:45 left and as MSU stopped the opponent on three straight turnovers, they got the tying points on Daniel's putback with 3.5 left and forced the game into a second overtime.

Murray State never had a lead in the first overtime, and never trailed in the second when Garrett scored right from the start for an 89-87 lead with 4:29 left. It became Canaan's game over the next minute as the Racer All-America scored 10 straight points for a 99-90 lead with 1:43 left. The Racers made 6-of-9 from the line the rest of the way for their second overtime win this season.

The win marked MSU's first double overtime game since November of 2011 when they won the Great Alaska Shootout championship game over Southern Mississippi. MSU's only overtime game since was a home win this season over Austin Peay 75-68 (Feb. 2).

The win was also the 50th for MSU Head Coach Steve Prohm who becomes the fastest to 50 in MSU history. Prohm is 50-9 in his second season and surpasses the former mark set by current Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin who was 50-19 from 2003-05.

The win is the 104th in the careers of four-year seniors of Canaan, Daniel and Jordan Burge. They have matched the mark set just last season by Ivan Aska, Jewuan Long and Donte Poole.

THE LAST MEETING: vs. Murray State - First Meeting 

NEXT UP FOR THE JACKRABBITS - SDSU closes out the regular season on Thursday at Omaha, when they can clinch a share of The Summit League regular season title, and secure the No. 1 seed at The Summit League Championships in March.    

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