Every Jackrabbit uniform scored at least two points onWednesday against North Dakota State, but Nate Wolters scored 22 in the first half, and then added eight more, in as many minutes, in the second half to lead South Dakota State to an 80-57 win at Frost Arena.
"Nate's a great player. He was very efficient tonight, and the fact that he made a couple of jumps shots really made him hard to guard," head coach Scott Nagy said after the game. "If he's making jump shots, he's nearly impossible to guard."
The Jackrabbits first win over the Bison in Brookings since the 2005-06 season boosts their record to 21-7 overall, 13-3 in The Summit League, and in conjunction with an Oral Roberts win at IPFW on Wednesday, locks the Jacks into the No. 2 seed at The Summit League Championships next month in Sioux Falls. North Dakota State falls to 16-10 overall and 9-7 in league play.
South Dakota State used an early 15-3 run to turn a 5-4 lead into a 20-7 lead with 8 minutes and 24 seconds left in the first half, and then closed the half on a 10-2 run that put the Jacks up 43-24 at intermission. Wolters scored his 22 first half points on 10-of-13 shooting, with three assists and three steals, all of which resulted in layups.
SDSU kept it rolling in the second half, pushing the lead to as many as 32 points at 68-36 on a Zach Monaghan layup with 9:49 left in the game.
The Jackrabbits, who committed a season-low three turnovers in the win, capitalized on 11 NDSU turnovers in the first half for 17 points, and turned 16 Bison miscues into 24 points for the game. NDSU scored a total of five points on the Jacks three turnovers.
SDSU shot 55.8 percent from the field on 29-of-52 shooting and held the Bison to 41.1 percent on 23-of-56 shooting for the night, but the Jacks lost the rebounding battle 36-24, including a 15-5 edge for the visitors on the offensive glass.
Wolters' 30 points on 14-of-18 shooting led all scorers in the game. He also added game-highs with five assists and with three steals in just 28 minutes. Jordan Dykstra scored 15 points and tied with Marcus Heemstra to lead the Jacks with five rebounds.
Lawrence Alexander led the Bison with 20 points, 17 of which came in the second half. Taylor Braun added 11 points, and TrayVonn Wright led all players with 12 rebounds to go along with his six points.
The Jackrabbits take a break from Summit League action to play Buffalo in the SEARS BracketBusters on Saturday at 12 p.m. The first-ever nationally televised game from Frost Arena can be seen live on ESPNU.
NOTES: The Jackrabbits beat the Bison in Brookings for the first time since a 67-65 victory on Feb. 18, 2006 ... SDSU sweeps the season series with NDSU for the first time since the 2003-04 season, and sweeps the regular season series for the first time since the 2004-05 season ... NDSU leads the all-time series 108-96 overall ... SDSU holds a 53-32 record in home games vs. NDSU ... an announced crowd of 3,303 fans turned out for the game ... winners of 14 in a row at home, the Jackrabbits improve to 11-0 at home this season ... SDSU's three turnovers beats the previous season-low of five, set in a 92-73 win at Washington on Dec. 18 ... Wolters' 30 points gives him 1,495 for his career, good for sixth all-time at SDSU, and 11 points shy of passing former teammate Clint Sargent (1,505 points from 2007-11) for fifth all-time ... Wolters needs 46 points to break the SDSU junior scoring record of 633 points, set by Chris White in 1990-91