Second half run sinks the Jacks vs. NDSU
South Dakota State trailed by four points at halftime of Saturday’s game with Summit League preseason favorite North Dakota State, but a 13-2 run by the Bison to start the second half turned a 41-37 lead into a 54-39 lead that the Jackrabbits could not overcome in an 85-77 loss at Frost Arena.
“We’re just not good enough defensively to win that game right now, and unless that changes, this is who we’re going to be,” head coach Scott Nagy said. “If that can change, if we can get that changed, then we’re going to be okay.”
Both team shot an even 50 percent from the floor in the first half, but the Bison, who improve to 15-5 overall and to 4-1 in The Summit League, went 12 for 12 from the free throw line, while the Jacks, who fall to an even 10-10 overall and to 2-3 in the league, went 5 for 9 from the charity stripe.
A Jordan Dykstra jumper on the Jackrabbits first possession of the second half cut the Bison lead to just two points at 41-39, but NDSU scored the next 13 points to open up the 15 point lead, its largest of the game.
The Jacks battled back to cut the lead to as few as five points at 80-75 with 42 seconds left in the game, but the Bison hit seven of their nine free throw attempts over the last minute of the game to seal the win.
Brayden Carlson led the Jackrabbits with 22 points in the loss adding four assists and three rebounds. Dykstra finished with 17 points and a game-high eight rebounds. Chad White came on strong in the second half to score 13 of his 16 points, with Cody Larson adding 14 points and seven rebounds.
NDSU’s Taylor Braun led all players with 30 points, with six each in rebounds and assists. Marshall Bjorklund finished with 19 points and seven rebounds, while Lawrence Alexander added 15 points and six rebounds in the win.
The Jackrabbits look to snap its two-game skid on Thursday, when they travel to Denver to take on the Pioneers for the first time ever in Summit League play. The teams tip on Thursday at 7 p.m. MT, 8 p.m. CT.
NOTES: NDSU leads the all-time series with SDSU 110-98 ... the teams played in front of a season-high crowd of 4,859 fans at Frost Arena ... Nagy coached the game in his bare feet to raise money and awareness for Samaritan’s Feet, marking the sixth straight year he’s done so ... SDSU falls to 1-9 on the season when trailing at the half and to 0-4 when an opponent scores at least 80 points .. Carlson scored at least 20 points for the sixth time this season, all in the last nine games, and for the eighth time in his career ... Carlson needs 28 points to become the 45th member of the SDSU 1,000-Point Club ... White’s four 3-pointers in the game gives him 205 for his career, moving him from fourth all-time at SDSU to third, passing former teammate Garrett Callahan (201, from 2006-10) ... Dykstra did not attempt a free throw in the game, so his streak of 18 straight free throws made continues