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Jacks to play three at 2K Sports Classic

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 11/14/2012 00:38:15

Perfect at home and winless on the road, the Jackrabbits return to the road this weekend for one true road game and a pair of neutral site games at the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project in Hempstead, N.Y.

The Jackrabbits, who opened the season with a buzzer beater loss at Alabama and opened the home schedule with a win over Tennessee State, open the event with a true road game against Hofstra on Friday at 7 p.m. ET. SDSU then returns to action on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET for a game against Marshall before closing the tournament with a game against the University of the District of Columbia on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. ET.

Fans can listen to all three games on the Jackrabbit Sports Network or steaming live online via the Jackrabbit Extra on GoJacks.com. They can also watch all three games on the Jackrabbit Extra, although without audio for the Saturday and Sunday games.

The Jackrabbits return to the road after gutting out a 78-71 win over Tennessee State on Tuesday in their first game of the season at Frost Arena.

The Jacks led by as many 17 points late in the first half, but saw that lead slip to as few as three points with six and a half minutes left in the game, mostly because of too many turnovers. SDSU finished with an uncharacteristic 16 turnovers, compared to 11 by the visiting Tigers.

Nate Wolters led the way for the Jackrabbits with 22 points, including a perfect 10-for-10 night at the free throw line. He also added nine assists and six rebounds. Jordan Dykstra scored 18 points and grabbed 18 rebounds before fouling out with a minute and a half left in the game.

Chad White scored his first points of the season, finishing with 11, nine of which came from long distance. Tony Fiegen added 10 points to go along with his team-high nine rebounds.

Leading by two points early, the Jacks used a 14-2 run to take a commanding 23-9 lead with 10:28 on the first half clock. The lead would reach 17 points on a Wolters jumper with 1:07 left in the first half, but TSU's Kellen Thornton hit a shot just before the buzzer to send the Jackrabbits into the locker room up 15 at 42-27.

The Jackrabbits watched the double digit lead slowly slip away to three points at 57-54 on a Covington dunk with 6:58 in the game.

The Jacks bounced back with a 12-4 spurt though that pushed the lead back to 11 at 69-58 with 4:08 left to play and kept it a two possession game for the rest of the way.

RABBITS ON THE RADIO - Originated from the AM 570 WNAX studios in Yankton, S.D., SDSU men's basketball games can be heard 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
- 490 AM - KORN - Mitchell

Pierre, S.D., native Tyler Merriam returns for his second season as the voice of Jackrabbit men's basketball, and also serves as the voice of Jackrabbit football.

The voice of Jackrabbit women's basketball, JJ Hartigan fills in for Merriam for the three games at the 2K Sports Classic.

THE JACKRABBIT EXTRA ON GoJacks.com - Subscribers to the Jackrabbit Extra on GoJacks.com watch every Jackrabbit 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 learn more about the Jackrabbit Extra, or to subscribe, 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.

WOLTERS CLIMBS THE 1,000-POINT CLUB LADDER - Nate Wolters became the 42nd member of the SDSU 1,000-Point Club in a win over Sam Houston State on Nov. 22, and instantly began the climb up the all time list. He enters the weekend with 1,680 career points, good for fourth all-time at SDSU, and 136 points shy of passing current assistant coach Austin Hansen (1,815 points from 1999-2003 for third on the all-time list.

WOLTERS SETS SDSU JUNIOR SCORING RECORD - Already the SDSU sophomore scoring record holder, Nate Wolters added the junior scoring record to his list of accomplishments in the Jacks 75-64 win over IUPUI on Feb. 25, 2012. Wolters finished his junior season with 721 points, breaking the previous record by 88 points.

WOLTERS CHASES ALL-TIME SCORING RECORD - Nate Wolters scored 907 points in his first two years as a Jackrabbit, including the SDSU sophomore record with 604 points. His SDSU junior record of 721 points gave him 1,628 career points, leaving him 304 points shy of breaking the SDSU of 1,931. His 52 points so far this season leaves him 252 points shy of the record.

WOLTERS NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK - The Summit League named South Dakota State guard Nate Wolters its initial men's basketball player of the week on Monday after his 30-point effort in the season-opener at Alabama. The honor marks the ninth of Wolters' career, tying him for the second-highest total on record.

A senior from St. Cloud, Minn., Wolters poured in 30 of the Jacks 67 points against an Alabama defense that ranked ninth nationally last season in scoring. He made a career-high five three-pointers on six attempts and converted 10-of-15 field goals and all five free throw attempts in the nationally televised opening night contest. Wolters added three assists, three steals and three rebounds while playing all 40 minutes.

MORE THAN JUST A SCORER - In addition to his scoring prowess, Nate 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 485 career assists ranks second all-time at SDSU, 121 shy of breaking the all-time mark of 605 assists.

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 preseason awards lists.

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 34 points this season gives him 747 for his career, 253 shy of becoming the 43rd member of the SDSU 1,000-Point Club. 

PERFECT AT HOME - SDSU capped its third-ever perfect season at home with a 75-64 win over IUPUI on Feb. 25, 2012 for a perfect 14-0 mark at Frost Arena. The win also made it 17 in a row for the Jacks at home. Add to that the win in the 2012-13 home opener on Tuesday, and the Jacks can claim victory in 18 straight games at home.

SDSU went a perfect 18-0 at home in 1984-85, and 17-0 in the 2002-03.

NOT JUST NATE - Nate Wolters led the Jacks with 21.2 points per game last year and reached double figures in all 34 games he played, but he got plenty of help. In addition to Wolters' 34 games in double figures, the Jackrabbits combined for 84 double-figure performances in 35 games. 

At least four Jackrabbits scored 10 points in the same game 15 times last season, with four players reaching double figures nine times, five players reaching double figures five times and six players once.

DYKSTRA SETS SDSU THREE-POINT RECORD - Jordan Dykstra made his final two three-point attempts vs. Buffalo on Feb. 18, 2012, went 5-for-5 from beyond the arc against Western Illinois on Feb. 23, 2012, and made his first four three-point attempts vs. IUPUI in Feb. 25, 2012. That marks 11 consecutive three-pointers over a span of three games and a new SDSU record, breaking the old mark of nine in a row.

NAGY NOTCHES 300th CAREER WIN - Already the most prolific coach in SDSU history, head coach Scott Nagy entered the 2011-12 season with 289 wins, just 11 shy of reaching the 300-win milestone, which he reached in the Jackrabbits 94-58 win over IPFW on Dec. 28, 2012. Nagy finished the 2011-12 season with a 316-198 career record and a .615 winning percentage. 

JACKS POST FIRST 20-WIN SEASON AT DIVISON I - The South Dakota State Men's Basketball team beat UMKC 75-62 on Feb. 11, for their 20th win of the season, and first at the Division I level. The program now boasts 20 seasons with at least 20 wins, nine of which came during the Scott Nagy era.

JACKS TIE SCHOOL RECORD FOR WINS - Scott Nagy led the Jackrabbits to a school record 27-win season in 2003-04, the program's final season in Division II, and equaled that mark in 2011-12 with a 27-8 record.

THE JACKRABBITS IN THE MID-MAJOR TOP-25 - The Jackrabbits opened the season ranked No. 12 in the collegeinsider.com Mid-Major Top-25 poll, and held strong at No. 12 in the poll released on Nov. 12. 

THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS

Hofstra Pride (0-2, 0-0 Home) - Picked to finish seventh in the preseason poll, the pride opened the season with a 91-62 loss at Monmouth on Nov. 9, and then fell by a score of 83-54 on Sunday at Purdue.

Friday's game marks the home opener for the pride, who posted an 8-9 record at home during the 2011-12 season.

The Series vs. Hofstra - First Meeting  

Marshall Thundering Herd (1-1, 0-0 Neutral) - The Thundering Herd opened the 2012-13 campaign at home with a dominating 81-47 win over Longwood, but fell to Villanova on the road by a score of 80-68 in their last game on Nov. 11.

Marshall went 21-14 last season and advanced to the NIT for the first time since 1988, but fell in the first round at Middle Tennessee State by a score of 86-78.

The Series vs. Marshall - First Meeting

UDC Firebirds (1-1, 0-0 Neutral) - Fresh off a 22-6 season, the Firebirds came into the season picked to finish second in the Division II East Coast Conference Preseason Poll by a total of two points.

UDC opened the season with a 78-58 loss at Villanova, but bounced back with a 76-63 win over the University of the Sciences on Nov. 10, in their home opener.

The Series vs. UDC - First Meeting

NEXT UP FOR THE JACKRABBITS - SDSU returns home to Frost Arena to start a three game home stand on Wednesday, Nov. 21, against Southwest Minnesota State at 7 p.m.

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