Summit League Play Restarts In Fargo
BROOKINGS, SD — Fresh off its first-ever win over a ranked opponent, and a short holiday break, South Dakota State returns to Summit League play this weekend with a game at North Dakota State on Saturday in Fargo, N.D.
The only two teams in The Summit League with at least 10 wins, the Jackrabbits and Bison get started from the Bison Sports Arena at 7 p.m.
THE LAST TIME OUT: at No. 16 New Mexico, Dec. 22 – ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – South Dakota State not only beat a ranked team for the first time at the Division I level on Saturday, the Jackrabbits also ended No. 16 New Mexico‘s perfect 12-0 start to the season with a 70-65 win in front of 15,278 fans inside The Pit in Albuquerque, N.M. on Saturday.
Fresh off a loss to Belmont on Wednesday, the Jackrabbits, who improve to 10-4 on the season, rode a bus a 1,200 miles to Albuquerque from Nashville, after weather problems cancelled their flights on Thursday.
Nate Wolters led the Jackrabbits in the win, their first against a ranked Division I opponent, with a game-high 28 points, adding five rebounds and seven assists.
Chad White added 13 points, including four clutch free throws late in the game. Jordan Dykstra and Brayden Carlson both finished with 10 points, with Dykstra adding a game-high 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the season.
The Lobos scored the first three points of the game, but the Jackrabbits scored the next eight points, part of a 12-2 run that gave SDSU a 12-5 lead with five and a half minutes off the first half clock.
SDSU took the lead on a White 3-pointer just two minutes and six seconds into the game, a lead that the Jackrabbits would never relinquish.
The Jacks built that lead to as many as 12 points at 35-23 with 4:50 left in the half, before New Mexico used a 9-0 run to cut the lead to 35-32 with a minute and a half left in the opening stanza, but SDSU still took a 38-34 lead into the locker room at halftime.
A Dykstra 3-pointer early in the second half pushed the SDSU lead back to nine points at 45-36, before the Lobos made a push to get back within one possession at 51-48 with 8:57 on the clock.
Dykstra answered with a trey on the other end to push the lead back to six, and the Lobos never got closer than four points for the rest of the game.
THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT
NORTH DAKOTA STATE BISON (10-3, 1-0 Summit): Picked to finish second behind the Jackrabbits in The Summit League Preseason Poll, the Bison return to league play with the same 1-0 mark in league play and, along with SDSU, as the only other Summit League team with 10 wins on the season.
Winners of five of it’s last six games, the only blemish on NDSU’s record over that span came in a 70-57 loss at No. 16 Minnesota on Dec. 11, in Minneapolis. The only other two losses on the Bison schedule came at No. 1 Indiana on Nov. 12, and at Green Bay on Nov. 24.
THE SERIES vs. NORTH DAKOTA STATE: North Dakota State leads the all-time series 108-96 after the Jacks snapped a 10 game skid against the Bison last season. SDSU swept the season series in 2011-12, with a 71-88 overtime win in Fargo on Jan. 1, and an 80-57 win at Frost Arena on Feb. 15.
NEXT UP FOR THE JACKRABBITS: SDSU heads south on I-29 for a pair of Summit League games next week, starting with UMKC on Thursday at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo., followed by a game at South Dakota on Saturday at 4:05 p.m.
Courtesy: South Dakota State University