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Season-long road trip ends at Fort Wayne

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 01/10/2014 14:55:57

BROOKINGS, S.D. – South Dakota State’s wraps up its season-long five game road trip on Saturday at Fort Wayne, when the Jackrabbits look to start Summit League play 2-0 for the second time ever, the first being in 2011-12, when the Jacks opened with a 97-93 overtime win at IUPUI and a 67-66 win at Western Illinois. 

The Jacks and Mastodons tip from Gates Sports Center on the IPFW campus at 7 p.m. on Saturday in a game that fans can watch live online by subscribing to Mastodon All-Access on GoMastodons.com.

SDSU opened league play with an 86-70 win at IUPUI on Thursday, the Jacks fifth straight win and third straight on the road. Jordan Dykstra, who cracked the top-10 in career scoring at SDSU in the game, set the pace with 26 points and nine rebounds in the win, as the Jacks sealed the win with a 13-0 run to end the game.

LAST GAME LEFTOVERS

The Jackrabbits lead the all-time series with Jaguars 9-6, with wins in each of the last eight meetings … the teams played in front of a crowd of 359 fans in the Jungle on the campus of IUPUI … Dykstra scored at least 20 points for the sixth time this and for the 20th time in his career … Larson scored at least 20 points for the third time this season … Chad White scored seven points in the game, which gives him 1,094 for his career, moving him from 31st all-time at SDSU to 30th, five points shy of moving up to 27th on the all-time scoring list at SDSU … already the most prolific coach in SDSU history, Nagy’s 350th win is 174 more than Gene Zulk, who won 176 games at SDSU from 1974-85 … SDSU improves to 7-1 this season when leading at the half, to 5-0 when shooting over 50 percent for a game and to 1-4 when their opponent shoots over 50 percent … the Jacks tied a season-low with seven turnovers (Nov. 14, vs. Montana) … at least two Jackrabbits scored 20 points in a game this season for the second time this season, the last being Carlson with 22 and Larson with 21 at North Dakota on Dec. 21

NEXT UP FOR THE JACKRABBITS – SDSU returns home to host Western Illinois on Thursday, Jan 16 at 7 p.m., and Omaha on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 4 p.m.

JACKRABBIT QUICK HITS

• The win at IUPUI boosted SDSU’s record to 5-1 on the season when Jake Bittle starts
• SDSU won its last three road games after starting the season 0-6 away from home
• Carlson averaged 19.4 points per game over the last five games
• SDSU tied a season-low with seven turnovers at IUPUI (Nov. 14, vs. Montana)
• The Jacks opened league play 2-0 one time, in 2011-12, at IUPUI and at Western Illinois
• SDSU posted eight individual double-doubles in the first 11 games, but none in the last five
• Only Carlson and Larson scored in double figures in each of the last five games
• Carlson averaged 19.4 points per game over the last five games
• Larson averaged 17.8 points per game over the last five games

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 nine stations on the Jackrabbit Sports Network.

WNAX - 570 AM – Yankton       
KBFS - 1450 AM – Belle Fourche         
KJJQ - 910 AM – Brookings
KDSJ - 980 AM – Deadwood    
KORN - 1490 AM – Mitchell      
KOLY - 1300 AM – Mobridge
KGFX - 1060 AM – Pierre         
KJOE - 106.1 FM – Pipestone, Minn.    
KSDR - 1480 AM – Watertown

Pierre, S.D., native, and 2012 South Dakota Sportscaster of the Year, Tyler Merriam returns for his third season as the voice of Jackrabbit men’s basketball. He also serves as the voice of Jackrabbit football and baseball. 

THE JACKRABBIT INSIDER ON KELOLAND-TV – 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 MyUTV at 10:30 p.m., followed by a broadcast on Sunday at 11 p.m. on KELOLAND-TV.

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ON THE INTERNET

Fans can watch the South Daktoa State at Fort Wayne game streaming live on the internet by subscribing to Mastodon All-Access on GoMastodons.com.

NOTEWORTHY

JACKS DOUBLE UP – After posting a single double-double in each of his first two seasons, Jordan Dykstra posted double-doubles in a team-high nine games as a junior in 2012-13. He posted five double-doubles in 11 games this season pushing his all-time total to 16. Cody Larson posted his first career double-double vs. Southwest Minnesota State on Nov. 18, added a second vs. Howard on Nov. 25 and a third on Dec. 4 vs. Dakota State.

FIVE IN DOUBLE FIGURES – Five Jackrabbits scored at least 10 points in the Jacks win over Southwest Minnesota State on both Nov. 18, marking the first time that’s happened since Feb. 2, 2013, when five did so at Kansas City. Five players scored at least 10 points again on Dec. 14 in the Jacks 85-72 win over Belmont.

HEATING UP – The Jackrabbits shot a season-high 57.4 percent from the floor on 27 of 47 shooting in a win over Belmont on Dec. 14, only to top that mark by going 27 of 45, 60 percent, in a win over Wayne State on Nov. 18. As a team, the Jacks shot above 50 percent from the floor three other times this season; 52.5 percent against Southwest Minnesota State on Nov. 18, 56.4 percent against Dakota State on Dec. 4 and 51.8 percent at IUPUI on Jan. 9. SDSU won all five of those games.

ON THE RECORD

DYKSTRA CLIMBING ALL-TIME SCORING LIST – Senior 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 entered the 2013-14 season ranked 23rd all-time at SDSU with 1,149 points, and cracked the career top-10 on Jan. 9 at IUPUI. He enters tonight’s game ranked 10th all-time at SDSU with 1,414 points, 10 shy of passing Kai Williams for ninth all-time.

DYKSTRA CRACKS TOP-10 IN CAREER 3-POINTERS – Dykstra opened the season with 142 career 3-pointers, five shy of cracking the all-time top-10 at SDSU, which he did at Texas Tech on Nov. 21. He enters tonight’s game with 168, good for sixth all-time at SDSU.

WHITE HITS 1,000-POINT MILESTONE – Senior Chad White came up 53 points shy of becoming the 44th member of the SDSU 1,000-Point Club last year, but hit the mark at Texas Tech on Nov. 21. He continues his climb up the list, and enters tonight’s game ranked 30th all-time with 1,094 points, but needs just 21 points to move up five spots on the list.

WHITE CLIMBS CAREER 3-POINT FG CHARTSChad White entered the 2013-14 season with 169 career 3-point field goals, good for fifth all-time at SDSU. He needs two more triples to move into fourth place all-time.

CARLSON EYES 1,000-POINT CLUB – Senior Brayden Carlson scored 85 points as a freshman, but scored 254 as a sophomore and 317 as a junior, giving him 656 entering his senior season, he now needs 116 points to reach the 1,000 point milestone, or just under 8.3 points per game for the rest of the season.

GOOD FOR THREE! – Three of the top-10 three-point shooters in SDSU history, based on 3-point field goal percentage, currently play for the Jackrabbits. Jordan Dykstra leads the way with .454 percent, Chad White ranks fifth with a .414 mark from deep, while Brayden Carlson enters the game ranked seventh all-time with a .401 career mark from long range.

TONIGHT’S OPPONENT

FORT WAYNE MASTODONS (13-5, 1-0 SUMMIT, 7-1 HOME) – Off to their best start in the school’s Division I history, which includes a win over Summit League preseason favorite North Dakota State in both team’s league opener on Thursday, the Mastodons entered the season picked sixth in the league’s preseason poll, one spot lower than where they finished last season.

In addition to the win over NDSU, the ‘Dons hot start includes road wins over Bradley and Bowling Green, as well as a close, 81-80 season-opening loss at Dayton on a late Flyer 3-pointer and a 57-55 loss at Illinois of the Big Ten.

THE SERIES vs. FORT WAYNE – The Jackrabbits lead the all-time series 11-8 after winning all three meetings last season, making it eight wins in a row for the Jackrabbits, including a 72-56 win in The Summit League Championships semifinals on March 11, 2013.

THE LAST MEETING: March 11, 2013, Sioux Falls Arena – SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - South Dakota State trailed by as many as 12 points in the first half of Sunday’s Summit League Semifinals, but the top-seeded Jackrabbits used a 9-0 run to get back in the game and a 22-3 run to secure the 72-56 win over No. 5 seed Fort Wayne and advance to Tuesday’s league finals.

“It was a tale of two halves for us, I think the players would admit that we were pretty soft in the first half. The plan was to get off to a better start, I mean the first two times we played these guys, they just out-physical’ed us, and so I thought we were prepared and we weren’t,” head coach Scott Nagy said. “I was proud of the way the kids didn’t panic. I mean, we’re a group where we’ve got enough veterans that we’re not going to panic. And then in the second half, we guarded and we didn’t give up. They were shooting thirty nine percent, I see they missed fourteen shots and we didn’t give up one offensive rebound in the second half and for us that is a difference. They had seventeen rebounds the whole game, we had 29 and that’s the big key for us. We were good offensively; we shot the ball and all that stuff’s great, but that stuff doesn’t win championships. The defense and rebounding is going to win it for us.”

South Dakota State improves to 24-9 with the win, while Fort Wayne’s season comes to an end with a 16-17 record.

The Mastodons came out hot, converting on four of their first five possessions to open the game on a 10-0 run just over three minutes into the game.

A Chad White jumper would end the run, but IPFW came right back and pushed the lead to 12 points at 23-11 with just over 11 minutes left in the first half.

The Jacks responded to the Mastodon’s largest lead of the game with a 9-0 run that cut the IPFW lead to 25-23 with 4:20 on the first half clock.

SDSU would come back to take a short-lived 32-31 lead with 1:44 before half, but went into the locker room down two at 34-32 after Frank Gaines hit a triple late in the half.

After a couple of ties and a couple of lead changes to start the second half, Nate Wolters broke a 45-all at the free throw line, which marked the start of a 22-3 SDSU run that ended with an insurmountable 67-48 Jackrabbit lead with 6:27 left in the game.

Wolters led a trio of Jackrabbits in double figures with 18 points, and tied a career-high with 12 assists. White added 17 points in going 6-for-7 from the field, 4-for-5 from 3-point range. Tony Fiegen finished with 16 points, while Jordan Dykstra added nine points to go along with his game-high nine rebounds.

Gaines led all players in the game with 25 points. No other Mastodon player scored in double figures. 

FORT WAYNE THE LAST TIME OUT: Jan. 9, vs. North Dakota State – FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The best start in IPFW’s NCAA Division I history continued on Thursday, as IPFW knocked off 2013-14 Summit League preseason favorite North Dakota State in each team’s Summit League opener. The Mastodons jumped out to a 38-31 halftime lead, and never trailed in the second half in the 82-71 IPFW win.

The Mastodons (13-5, 1-0 Summit League) hit 20-of-21 free throws in the game - all in the second half - against North Dakota State (11-5, 0-1 Summit), who was ranked ninth in the latest CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25 poll. The hosts were led by a game-high 20 points from Luis Jacobo, while Steve Forbes scored 14. Pierre Bland and Joe Edwards each scored 12 for the Mastodons.

Bland pulled down a game-high six rebounds; however, the Mastodons were out-rebounded 28-to-25. Bland and Joe Reed each dished out three assists, while Bland picked up a game-high four steals.

North Dakota State led 2-0 and 4-2, but those would be the only leads that the Bison would hold in the game. With the teams tied at eight, IPFW ran off a 17-2 run to push ahead by 15, and would not trail again in the contest.

With the Mastodons leading by 15, the Bison ran off eight straight points to cut the gap to single digits at 25-18, as the halftime margin was also seven at 38-31..

Neither team would be able to put together a significant run in the second half, as the margin stayed between nine and three for the majority of the final half.

The Bison stormed to within five at 74-69 following the team’s second consecutive three-pointer; however, IPFW iced the game by hitting all eight of its free throws in the final minute of the game, holding on for an 82-71 victory.

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