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Jacks go for eight straight at Fort Wayne

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 02/05/2013 16:15:06

South Dakota State returns to the road this week for games at Fort Wayne and Oakland after a three game home stand that saw the Jackrabbits average 5,494 fans, with two sellout crowds at Frost Arena, set the school and Summit League record for consecutive home wins at 28, Jordan Dykstra become the 43rd member of the SDSU 1,000-Point Club and the Jacks win three games, including two rivalry games.

The Jacks start the week at Fort Wayne on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET, and then play Oakland on Saturday at 5 p.m. ET, in a game that can be seen live on Fox Sports Detroit and on Fox Sports North.

THE LAST TIME OUT; Feb. 2, vs. Kansas City: Every Jackrabbit in uniform scored at least two points and grabbed at least one rebound, as South Dakota State rolled to a school and Summit League record 28th consecutive home win on Saturday by an 88-57 score over Kansas City.

The Jackrabbits school and Summit League record 28th straight home win boosts their record to 18-6 overall and to 9-2 in The Summit League, while the Kangaroos fall to 6-18 overall and to 3-8 in league play.

SDSU opened the game on an 11-2 run and never looked back, building the lead to as many as 24 points in the first half before taking a 50-30 lead into the locker room at halftime.

The Kangaroos cut the lead to as few as 16 points early in the second half, but the Jacks used a 12-2 run to get the back over 20 points, and pushed it to as many as 35 points late in the game before the horn sounded with the final 88-57, 31-point margin.

Nate Wolters led five Jackrabbits in double figures with 18 points, adding five rebounds and a game-high six assists. Jordan Dykstra finished with 16 points and nine rebounds, Zach Horstman scored a career-high 13 on a perfect 5-for-5 night from the floor, including a 3-for-3 night from distance. Chad White added 12 and Brayden Carlson 11 points in the win.

Estan Tyler led the visitors with 13 points. Trinity Hall added 11 points and a game-high 10 rebounds to complete the game's only double-double. Brad Reid also tied for game-high honors with 10 rebounds to go along with his eight points.

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 a place on multiple award watch lists.

- Candidate for Senior CLASS Award - SeniorClassAward.com
- Named on the Wooden Midseason Top-25 - WoodenAward.com
- Lute Olson preseason All-America selection - LuteOlsonAward.com
- Bob Cousy Award Final 20 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

PERFECT AT HOME - The Jackrabbits entered the season with 17 straight home wins, and with 11 in a row at home this season, set the school and Summit League record for consecutive home wins with 28. The Jacks home winning streak ranks second in the nation behind Syracuse with 36. 

'ROOS HANDED JACKS LAST HOME LOSS - Kansas City handed South Dakota State its last home loss on Jan. 27, 2011, when the Kangaroos erased a 10-point second half deficit to beat the Jackrabbits 63-58.   

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 five games this season, including 16 points and 10 rebounds in the double overtime win at Montana, a 10 point, 10 rebound game in the Jacks upset at New Mexico, a 22 point, 13 rebound game against Oakland and an 18 point, career-high 14 rebound game against South Dakota on Jan. 31.

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.

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 the week game with an SDSU record 581 in his career.

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 at Western Illinois on Jan. 17.  

MORE THAN JUST A SCORER - In addition to his scoring prowess, Wolters ranks sixth in career steals at SDSU with 175, and continues his climb up the all-time assists charts. 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 599 career assists ranks second all-time at SDSU, seven shy of breaking the all-time mark of 605 assists, set by Brian Norberg from 1995-99. 

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 the week ranked 36th all-time at SDSU with 2,028 points.

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 .480 percent, Chad White ranks third with a .428 mark from deep and Brayden Carlson comes in tied for 10th, shooting .391 for his career.

THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT

FORT WAYNE MASTODONS (10-14, 3-7 Summit) - The Mastodons dropped their lone game last week, falling 86-79 at Omaha on Thursday. The one game road trip followed a four game home stand that saw Fort Wayne post an even 2-2 record, with bookend wins over South Dakota and IUPUI, with losses to Kansas City and Western Illinois in between.

IPFW hosts North Dakota State on Saturday.

THE SERIES vs. FORT WAYNE - The Jackrabbits lead the all-time series 9-8 after sweeping the season series in each of the last two seasons and winning the first meeting of the season on Jan. 12. The Jacks five six wins in a row in the series also includes an 85-75 win in the quarterfinals of the 2011 Summit League Championships in Sioux Falls, S.D., on March 6, 2011.

THE MASTODONS THE LAST TIME OUT: Jan. 31, at Omaha - OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Justin Simmons scored 23 points and Marcus Tyus 22, as Omaha defeated Fort Wayne 86-79 Thursday night.

The Mavericks (8-16, 5-6 Summit) shot 63 percent from the floor, hit 6 of 12 3-pointers and made 16 of 20 free throws to win their third straight game and avenge an 18-point loss to the Mastodons (10-14, 3-7) on Jan. 5.

John Karhoff added 12 points for Omaha and Alex Phillips had 11. That was enough to overcome a 32-point, nine-rebound game from Fort Wayne's Frank Gaines. Luis Jacobo had 16 points for the Mastodons, and Michael Kibiloski had 12.

The Mavericks trailed 41-36 at halftime but hit 15 of their next 16 shots and finished with a 78.2 shooting percentage in the second half. They were up by two with 7:45 remaining when Simmons hit a 3-pointer, Carter followed with a three-point play and Simmons added a layup to make it 75-65 with 6:34 remaining.

THE LAST MEETING: vs. Fort Wayne; Jan. 12, 2013 - Tied at 40 with just over 16 minutes to play in the 21st Annual Lamb Bonanza, South Dakota State outscored Fort Wayne 43-17 down the stretch to secure an 83-57 win in front of 3,355 fans at Frost Arena.

The Jackrabbits 25th straight win boosts their record 13-6 overall and to 4-2 in The Summit League, while IPFW falls to 8-11 overall and to 1-4 in league play.

After shooting 43.8 percent in the first half in going 14-of-32 from the floor, the Jacks shot 72.7 percent in the second half, 16-of-22. Defensively, SDSU allowed the Mastodons to shoot 46.4 percent in the first half, 13-of-28, but held them to just 37.5 percent in the second half, 9-24.

Additionally, the Jacks forced 10 of the Mastodon's 18 turnovers in the second half, which led to 14 of the Jackrabbits total of 23 points off turnovers. IPFW scored 10 points in the game off of 12 SDSU turnovers.

Nate Wolters led all players in the game with 29 points, scoring 16 of them in the second half. Marcus Heemstra tied a career-high with 12 points, eight in the second half, while Chad White scored 10 of his 12 points in the second half.

Frank Gaines led a pair of IPFW players in double figures with 18 points. Joe Reed added 15 points in the loss. 

NEXT UP FOR THE JACKRABBITS - SDSU travels to Rochester, Mich., to take on Oakland on Saturday at 5 p.m. ET.  

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