BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - South Dakota State played its second double overtime game of the season on Saturday, 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.
"We lost the game in the first half with nine turnovers and giving up seven offensive rebounds. We should've been up 20 points. I was very frustrated," head coach Scott Nagy said. "I knew with them shooting only 17 percent and us up just eight, I knew that that was a problem."
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.
CSUB would push that lead to 35-30 before the Jacks came back to take a short-lived 39-38 lead 11:19 left in regulation. From that point through the end of regulation, SDSU would not lead by more than two points, and CSUB by no more than four points.
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.
The Jackrabbits look to avoid their first losing streak of the season on Saturday, when they travel to Murray, Ky., to take on Murray State in the Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters at 7 p.m., in a game that can be seen live on ESPN2.
NOTES: The Roadrunners tied the all-time series at 2-2, with each team winning each game on its home floor ... SDSU falls to 1-1 this season in overtime games, both of them in double overtime ... SDSU falls to 31-37 all-time in overtime games and to 2-6 all-time in multiple overtime games ... SDSU lost the turnover battle 18-13 and falls to 4-5 on the season when losing the turnover battle ... the Jacks also drop to 15-4 when leading at the half ... Wolters scored in double figures for the 66th consecutive game and for the 109th time in his 122 career games, and scored at least 30 points for the fourth time this season and for the 13th time in his career ... Wolters posted his ninth career double-double and fourth of the season ... Wolters came up on assist shy of posting the first triple-double at SDSU since Marquise Richardson posted 11 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists on Nov. 21, 2003 vs. Minnesota Duluth ... Jordan Dykstra recorded a double-double for the third straight game, for the eighth time this season and for the 10th time in his career ... SDSU lost for the first time this season when Dykstra posted a double-double ... Heemstra scored in double figures for the third time this season and in his career ... Wolters played all 50 minutes, a career-high ... White played a career-high 48 minutes and Fiegen played a career-high 46 minutes