Records fall in Jacks 75-64 win over IUPUI
Nate Wolters set the South Dakota State junior scoring record with 635 points, Jordan Dykstra set an SDSU record by making 11 consecutive three-pointers over the last three games and the Jackrabbits capped their third perfect home season on Saturday with a 75-64 win over IUPUI at Frost Arena.
The win gives the Jackrabbits a 24-7 record at the end of the regular season, and sends them to The Summit League Championships next week in Sioux Falls with a 15-3 record in league play, good for the No. 2 seed in the tournament. IUPUI falls to 14-17 overall and 7-11 in league play, good for the No. 7 seed in the tournament, which means the same two teams meet again on March 3, at 8:30 p.m.
Already the sophomore record-holder for points with 604 points last season, Wolters 15 points on Saturday gives him 635 for the season, breaking the previous junior scoring record of 633, set by Chris White in 1990-91 in 32 games. Wolters set the mark in 30 games.
Dykstra set the other record on the night with a 4-for-4 start from three-point range. Add that to his 5-for-5 performance against Western Illinois on Thursday and makes in his final two attempts against Buffalo on Feb. 18, and that gives him the record. Dykstra breaks a record held by Craig Jenkins, who made nine in a row over three games in 1986.
Add to that list, the Jacks third undefeated season at Frost Arena at 14-0. SDSU posted an 18-0 record at Frost Arena in 1984-85 and a perfect 17-0 mark in 2002-03.
As for the game, the Jacks fell into an early hole, and trailed by 13 points at 22-9 with nine minutes and 47 seconds left in the first half.
SDSU got back into the game with a 10-0 run to cut the deficit to three points at 22-19, and regained the lead for the first time since the opening minutes on a Wolters steal and dunk with 36 seconds left in the half.
"Obviously the game didn't start the way we wanted to," head coach Scott Nagy said. "We did the old switcheroo, we're usually good in the first half and bad in the second half, and we did the opposite tonight."
The Jaguars shot 53.6 percent in the first half on 15-of-28 shooting, including a 5-for-12 effort from long distance. SDSU shot 46.4 percent in the first half on 13-of-28 shooting, with a 7-of-12 mark from distance.
The Jacks scored first in the second half to push the lead to four points, and steadily increased the lead throughout the half to a high of 13 points at 73-60 with four minutes left in the game on a Chad White layup that essentially sealed the win.
SDSU held IUPUI to 40 percent shooting in the second half on 10-of-25 shooting, for a game total of 47.2 percent. The Jacks shot 53.8 percent in the second half on 14-of-26 shooing, for a game total of 50 percent.
Dykstra finished with a game-high 20 points and added six rebounds. In addition to his 15 points, Wolters finished with six assists and five rebounds. White and Fiegen both added 11 points in the win.
Ian Chiles led a trio of Jaguars in double figures with 17 points. Alex Young added 16 points and Stephen Thomas 13 points in the loss.
NOTES: The Jackrabbits improve to 4-6 all-time against IUPUI and even the series at 3-3 inside Frost Arena, where an announced crowd of 3,933 showed up to watch the game ... SDSU runs its home win streak to 17 straight games ... SDSU improves to 20-1 this season when leading at the half and to 11-0 when allowing 60-69 points ... Wolters moved up to fourth on the SDSU all-time scoring list with 1,542 points, passing Steve Brown (1,534 points from 1975-78) ... Wolters needs 274 points to pass current Jackrabbit assistant coach Austin Hansen (1,815 points from 2000-03) for third on the all-time list ... Saturday's game marked the final home game for senior Griffan Callahan, who scored five points and grabbed three rebounds in his final game at Frost Arena ... Callahan enters The Summit League Championships ranked fifth all-time at SDSU with 158 career three-pointers