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Home at last, the Jacks host Oakland

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 01/09/2013 15:51:53

South Dakota State returns home for the first time since Dec. 9, after a season-long six game road trip to host Oakland on Thursday at 7 p.m.

The road trip came with some high highs and some low lows, the highs being a double overtime win at Montana, the team's first-ever win against a ranked team at No. 16 New Mexico and Nate Wolters breaking the all-time scoring record at South Dakota. The lows came in a big loss at Belmont and a comeback coming up short against the in-state foes in Vermillion in the last outing.

THE LAST TIME OUT; Jan. 5, at South Dakota: VERMILLION - Nate Wolters scored the 15 points he needed to break the South Dakota State men's basketball career scoring record, with 11 points to spare, but slow start by the Jackrabbits left them in too big of hole to climb out of in a 74-71 loss at South Dakota.

Wolters game-high 26 points gives him 1,943 points, topping the mark of 1,931,set by Jackrabbit Legend, and all-time rebounds leader, Mark Tetzlaff.

As for the rest of the game, it saw three early lead changes before the Coyotes (7-10, 3-2 Summit) went up for good on a Karim Rowson layup with 12 minutes and 34 seconds left in the first half, part of a 14-2 run that put the home team up 28-18 with 8:04 left in the opening half.

The lead would grow to as many as 20 points, before Brayden Carlson cut it to 42-25 with a 3-pointer on the last basket of the first half, giving South Dakota a 42-25 lead at the break.

South Dakota pushed the lead back to 20 with the first basket of the second half, only to see the Jacks halve the lead to 47-37 less than six minutes later on a Wolters 3-pointer.

The Jacks would eventually make it a one possession game on six different occasions during the final 1:13, and even cut the lead to one point at 72-71, but that came with four seconds left and they could never get over the hump.

Along with his 26 points, Wolters added five rebounds and five assists. Chad White pitched in with 16 points and Carlson 11 points in the loss, which drops the Jackrabbits to 11-6 overall and to 2-2 in The Summit League

NEXT UP FOR THE JACKRABBITS - SDSU hosts Fort Wayne on Saturday in the 21st Annual Lamb Bonanza at 4 p.m. The Jacks swept the season series with the Mastodons last year, winning 94-58 at Frost Arena on Dec. 28, and 74-43 on Jan. 28, in Fort Wayne, Ind.  

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.

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. 

To subscribe to the Jackrabbit Extra, log onto GoJacks.com and click on "SIGN UP NOW"

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.

NOTEWORTHY

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 place on multiple award watch lists.

- Candidate for Senior CLASS Award - SeniorClassAward.com
- Named on the Wooden Award Preseason Top-50 List - WoodenAward.com
- Lute Olson preseason All-America selection - LuteOlsonAward.com
- Bob Cousy Award Candidate - HoopHall.com

ELITE COMPANY - Wolters finished the 2011-12 campaign averaging 21.2 points, 5.9 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game to join an exclusive group. He became just the fifth player in NCAA history to average 20 points, five rebounds and five assists in a season. Wolters finished just one assist shy of reaching an even more select group with a 20-points, six-assist and five-rebound average, a feat achieved by only two players in NCAA history.

- 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

PERFECT AT HOME - The Jackrabbits entered the season with 17 straight home wins, and pushed that total to 23 with the win over CSU Bakersfield on Dec. 9. The Jacks home winning streak ranks third in the nation behind Syracuse with 33 and Kansas with 30. 

SDSU won a team-record 27 straight home games from 2002-04, starting with a 98-78 win over Colorado Mines on Nov. 29, 2002, and ending with a 107-104 overtime loss to Omaha on Jan. 10, 2004.    

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 two of the last four and in three of the last six games, including 16 points and 10 rebounds in the double overtime win at Montana and a 10 point, 10 rebound game in the Jacks upset at New Mexico.

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 RECORD - 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.

THE COUNTDOWN TO 2,000 CAREER POINTS - Wolters scored 907 points in his first two years as a Jackrabbit, including the SDSU sophomore record with 604 points and the junior record with 721 points. He entered his senior season 304 points shy of breaking the SDSU record of 1,931, which he did on Jan. 5, and now needs 57 points to become the first member of the SDSU 2,000-Point Club.

MORE THAN JUST A SCORER - In addition to his scoring prowess, Wolters continues his climb up the all-time assists charts at SDSU. His 188 assists as a sophomore represents the third best single-season total in SDSU history, and his 202 as a junior marks the second-highest single-season total at SDSU. Adding to that, his 61 career assists ranks second all-time at SDSU, 45 shy of breaking the all-time mark of 605 assists, set by Brian Norberg from 1995-99. 

DYKSTRA CLOSING IN ON 1,OOO-POINT MILESTONE - Junior Jordan Dykstra scored 351 points as a freshman and 362 points as a sophomore, which gave him 713 for his to start the season. His 217 points this season gives him 930 for his career, 70 shy of becoming the 43rd member of the SDSU 1,000-Point Club. 

THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT

OAKLAND GOLDEN GRIZZLIES (7-10, 2-1 Summit) - Oakland dropped its first Summit League game of the season, 73-63 at Western Illinois, but bounced back with an 84-62 win at IUPUI and a 91-79 home win against Omaha. The Golden Grizzlies then dropped their next game by a 65-45 score at Alabama on Saturday in Tuscaloosa, Ala. 

THE SERIES vs. OAKLAND - The Golden Grizzlies lead the all-time series 10-2. 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.

THE GOLDEN GRIZZLIES LAST TIME OUT: Jan. 5, at Alabama - TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Trevor Releford scored 18 points to lead Alabama to a 65-45 victory over Oakland on Saturday in its final nonconference game of the regular season.

Levi Randolph added 15 points and Rodney Cooper 11 for the Crimson Tide (8-5), while Moussa Gueye had nine rebounds and Trevor Lacey seven assists.

Alabama came into the game having lost five of its last six games, including three straight at home.

Trailing 10-7, Alabama went on a 20-6 run. Oakland, which shot only 23.3 percent (7 of 30) from the field in the first half - including 0 of 5 from beyond the arc - got to 29-23 at intermission on the strength of 9-of-10 shooting from the line and a 19-16 rebounding edge.

The Crimson Tide shot 54.2 percent (13 of 24) and blocked four shots.

Alabama went on a 29-13 second-half run to extend its lead to 62-40, its largest of the game, with 4:13 to go on two free throws by Trevor Lacey.

Duke Mondy had 11 points and Travis Bader 10 for Oakland (7-10), which had its two-game winning streak snapped. Drew Valentine contributed seven rebounds for the Golden Grizzlies.

THE LAST MEETING: Jan. 26, 2012, at OaklandNate Wolters scored 21 points, dished out a career-high 12 assists and grabbed eight rebounds, but Oakland's Travis Bader knocked down a school record 10 3-points in scoring a game and career-high 37 points in a 92-87 Golden Grizzlies win over the Jackrabbits.

Bader made five of his 10 threes in the first half, but the Jackrabbits, who fall to 16-6 on the season overall and 8-2 in The Summit League, still led 48-42 at halftime, behind 18 points from Jordan Dykstra, who posted season-highs with 23 points and 10 rebounds.

A Pair of Bader 3s to open the second half tied the game for the first of five times the second half, as the Golden Grizzlies opened the half on an 8-0 run.

The Jackrabbits would fight back to force the second of five second half lead changes on a Taévaunn Prince layup with 12:23 to play, and then go up by four at 62-58 on a Griffan Callahan 3-pointer 30 seconds later.

Oakland would force a pair of ties before taking the lead for good at 81-79 on a Bader's final three-pointer with 1:36 left in the game. The Jackrabbits shots failed to fall after that, and Oakland went 11-of-12 from the free throw line down the stretch the seal the win.

Along with Dykstra and Wolters, Callahan added 17 points in the loss, while Prince finished with nine points and tied a career-high with 10 rebounds.

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