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Road trip continues in Kansas City

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 01/02/2013 11:09:27

With Summit League play in full swing, South Dakota State looks to rebound from a loss at North Dakota State last week against Kansas City on Thursday, when the Jackrabbits and Kangaroos meet at historic Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo., at 7:05 p.m.

THE LAST TIME OUT; Dec. 29, at North Dakota State - Jordan Dykstra got off a long 3-point try as the buzzer sounded, but it missed its mark and gave North Dakota State a 65-62 win over South Dakota State in Summit League men's basketball action on Saturday in Fargo, N.D.

The loss drops the Jackrabbits to 10-5 on the season overall and to an even 1-1 in Summit League play, while the Bison improve to 11-3 overall and to 2-0 in the league.

The teams traded baskets early, but the Bison used a 11-2 run to take its largest lead of the game at 19-6 with 12:10 left in the first half before the Jacks settled in, and used an 11-2 run to cut the lead to  29-27 at the half.

NDSU pushed the lead to as many as seven points in the second half before the Jacks started climbing back into the game, eventually tying the contest at 48-all on Dykstra's first points of the game with 10:02 left on the clock.

The Bison got the lead back at the free throw line, before Nate Wolters gave the Jacks their first lead of the game at 50-49 with 9:11 left in the game.

Three more lead changes and two more ties would follow, with neither team leading by more than four points, which the Jacks did at 56-52 with 4:56 remaining.

NDSU scored the next four points to tie the game, and then scored the final four points to secure the win.

Wolters led all players with 26 points, adding five rebounds and three assists. Tony Fiegen finished with 14 points and Brayden Carlson with 12 points, all in the first half. Dykstra scored all seven of his points in the second half. 

Marshall Bjorklund led three Bison players in double figures with 20 points; Lawrence Alexander added 18 and Taylor Braun 11 points, all in the second half in the win.  

NEXT UP FOR THE JACKRABBITS - SDSU travels to Vermillion to take on South Dakota in the South Dakota Corn Showdown Series on Saturday at 4:05 p.m. in the DakotaDome. 


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 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 JACKRABBIT EXTRA - Subscribers to the Jackrabbit Extra on 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. 

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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.


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 six games decided by three or fewer points, posting an even 3-3 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 -
- Named on the Wooden Award Preseason Top-50 List -
- Lute Olson preseason All-America selection -
- Bob Cousy Award Candidate -

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 Sunday. The Jacks home winning streak ranks third in the nation behind Syracuse with 30 and Kansas with 28. 

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.    

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 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.


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, 2011, and instantly began his climb up the all-time charts at SDSU. He enters the weekend with 1,894 career points, good for second all-time at SDSU, after passing assistant coach Austin Hansen for third on the all-time list Lee Colburn for second on the all-time list in the Jackrabbits win over Montana on Dec. 15.

WOLTERS CHASES ALL-TIME SCORING RECORD - 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, set by SDSU legend Mark Tetzlaff from 1981-85, and now needs 38 to break the mark.

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 549 career assists ranks second all-time at SDSU, 57 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 188 points this season gives him 901 for his career, 99 shy of becoming the 43rd member of the SDSU 1,000-Point Club. 


UMKC KANGAROOS (4-10, 1-2 Summit) - Picked to finish seventh in The Summit League Preseason Poll, the Kangaroos opened Summit League play with a win over IUPUI on Nov. 29, but dropped their next two league games, falling at home to Western Illinois on Dec. 1 and at Omaha by a 77-65 score on Monday.

UMKC hosts North Dakota State on Saturday.

THE SERIES vs. KANSAS CITY - The Jackrabbits lead the all-time series 8-5, with wins in six of the last seven meetings. SDSU swept the 2011-12 season series, with an 85-58 win on Jan. 14, at Frost Arena and a 75-62 win on Feb. 11, in Kansas City.

SDSU also holds a 2-1 edge in games played at Municipal Auditorium, with a 79-71 overtime win on Dec. 19, 2006 and a 74-69 win on Jan. 7, 2010, with a 69-67 loss on Jan. 15, 2009 sandwiched in between.

THE LAST TIME OUT: Dec. 31, at Omaha - (Omaha, Neb.) - A 22-point halftime deficit was too much to overcome on Monday night as the Kansas City men's basketball squad dropped a 77-65 road contest in league play to Omaha. Senior Thomas Staton tallied 21 of his 23 points in the final stanza, but lights-out shooting from the Mavericks kept the game out of reach for the 'Roos.

Kansas City (4-10, 1-2 Summit) has now lost six straight overall, and eight consecutive conference road games. The 'Roos came into the contest after their best-ever showing against a ranked team, playing No. 25 Kansas State to only eight points on Saturday.

UNO (4-12, 1-3 Summit) earned its first conference win, and snapped a two game skid. It used an early barrage of threes to build its lead, with the duo of C.J. Carter and Justin Simmons leading the way. A Carter layup with 12:23 on the clock made it 22-12 in favor of the Mavs.

With 6:20 to play in the first half, Simmons drilled a three to make it 31-17, starting a 12-0 run that would get the Mavs up by as many as 26 with three minutes to play. UNO went into the break, up 43-21.

Omaha shot 47 percent in the period, while forcing the 'Roos into 10 turnovers and only 33.3 percent shooting. The Mavs also drilled 8-of-14 from three-point land and had four players with at least eight points. Fred Chatmon led Kansas City with seven at the break.

The Kansas City offense came alive in the final stanza, shooting 54.8 percent, including 8-of-10 shooting from Staton. The Mavericks also stayed hot though, and hit 50 percent from the floor, with Carter scoring 16 and Simmons drilling 11 points.

The 'Roos got the score down to 16 in the early going, but Omaha quickly put it back to 22 by the 12:54 mark. UMKC answered with a 10-0 run though, sparked by eight points from Staton to get it to 12.

A Staton three with 4:55 to play cut the score to its closest since early in the first half at 68-58, but that was as narrow as it would get. UNO kept the 'Roos scoreless for the next 3+ minutes to seal the win.

Estan Tyler scored all 12 of his points in the final half as well, while the only other double-figure scorer outside of Staton was Nelson Kirksey with 10. Staton also added seven rebounds to his team season-high 23 points, while Chatmon led the way with eight boards.

Carter finished with 26 points for the Mavs, while Simmons tallied 20. UNO shot 48.3 percent for the game, while hitting 10-of-22 from three. UMKC hit 44.8 percent, but turned it over 18 times. The 'Roos took advantage of the boards with a 35-31 edge.