(Brookings) For the fourth time this season, a South Dakota State basketball game came down to the final shot, and for the second time this season, that last shot fell in favor of the Jackrabbits, both times off the hands of Chad White.
Trailing 70-68 with 12 seconds left in Wednesday's game with North Dakota, the Jacks took the ball up the floor, where it ended up in White's hands with time ticking down. The junior from Madison took an off balance shot from the left corner and it fell in as the buzzer sounded, sealing the Jacks 20th straight home win.
The last-second win gives SDSU a 5-2 record heading into Saturday's Summit League opener against Omaha, while North Dakota falls to 1-4 on the season.
"I told the players after the game that good seasons are made up of games like that, where things aren't exactly going right for us and you figure out how to win games," head coach Scott Nagy said. "I think even our players would say that it felt a little bit underserved. Defensively we were not good, that's two games in a row now, and we just have a lot of work to do."
The Jackrabbits jumped out to a 10-0 lead, but quickly went cold after a North Dakota time out. UND proceeded to shoot 56 percent in the first half on 14-of-25 shooting, and took a 38-32 lead into the locker room at halftime.
SDSU, on the other hand, shot 33 percent in the first half on 9-of-27 shooting, including a 2-for-9 effort from three-point range.
The game evened out a bit in the second half, which saw six of the eight ties and 13 of the 14 lead changes.
Down by two at 70-68 after a Fiegen layup with 1:01 on the clock, the Jacks got a stop on defense, but turned the ball over with 12 seconds left, which forced them to foul UND, which missed the front end of the 1-and-1. Fiegen grabbed the rebound, and the Jacks went the length of the floor looking for the final shot.
North Dakota defended the final play well, forcing White to take a less than open shot, but he made it, sending the 3,055 Frost Arena faithful into a frenzy.
White finished with nine points in the win. Both Nate Wolters and Jordan Dykstra finished with 21. Wolters added six assists and five rebounds, while Dykstra finished with a game-high eight rebounds. Fiegen added 14 points despite sitting much of the game in foul trouble.
Josh Schuler led four UND players in double figures with 13 points. Doug Archer added 12, while both Mitch Wilmer and Jamal Webb finished with 11 points.
The Jacks look to make it 21 games in a row at home on Saturday in their Summit League opener against Omaha, which snapped the Jacks longest home winning streak at 27 games with a 107-104 overtime win over SDSU on Jan. 10, 2004.
The Jacks and Mavericks tip-off at 6:30 p.m., following the SDSU women's game against Middle Tennessee State, which starts at 4 p.m.
NOTES: North Dakota leads the all-time series with SDSU 104-80 ... SDSU holds an 18-6 advantage in the series in the Scott Nagy era ... Wolters' 21 points gives him 1,781 for his career, 35 shy of passing assistant coach Austin Hansen for third all-time at SDSU and 42 shy of passing Lee Colburn for second all-time ... Wolters scored in double figures for the 89th time in his career and for the 46th consecutive game ... Wolters scored at least 20 points in a game for the fifth time in seven games this season and for the 46th time in his career ... Dykstra scored more than 20 points in a game for the first time this season
BROOKINGS, S.D. – Arlesia Morse scored nine of her game-high 23 points in overtime, leading Marquette (Wis.) to a 77-74 victory over South Dakota State in women's basketball action Wednesday night at Frost Arena.
The Golden Eagles improved to 3-2, while SDSU dropped to 3-4 overall.
The Jackrabbits got out of the gates quickly, connecting on four of their first six shots from the field and a pair of free throws to take an early 10-2 lead.
However, Marquette countered with a 12-3 run to take a 14-13 lead on a jumper by Katie Young midway through the front half. SDSU regained the lead at 21-20 on a basket by Gabby Boever, but the Golden Eagles scored the next 12 points as Arlesia Morse closed the run with three-pointers on consecutive trips down the floor.
Marquette led 32-24 at the half.
Reserve guard Tara Heiser sparked a Jackrabbit comeback early in the second half. The Watertown native made her first four shots from the field, including a pair of three-pointers, and added a pair of free throws, the last of which brought SDSU to within 42-40 with 12:53 to play in regulation. A basket by Megan Waytashek knotted the game at 42-all and Leah Dietel gave SDSU the lead with a free throw.
SDSU held a five-point lead, 61-56, as late as five minutes to play on an Ashley Eide three-pointer, but the Golden Eagles battled back. Consecutive three-pointers by Brooklyn Pumroy gave Marquette a momentary 62-61 lead with 3:55 to play.
Megan Waytashek gave the Jackrabbits a 65-63 lead with a pair of free throws before Pumroy hit her third three-pointer in a little over three minutes to again give the Golden Eagles the lead. Leah Dietel knotted the game at 66-all by making 1-of-2 free throws. After a turnover, SDSU had a chance to win the game in the closing seconds, but Boever missed a three-pointer and Morse's runner on the other end drew iron as time expired to send the game into overtime.
In the extra session, Morse scored eight straight points, including three-pointers on back-to-back trips down the floor to give Marquette a 76-70 lead. The Jackrabbits closed to within 76-74 on free throws by Dietel and Boever, but Morse put the finishing touches on her night by making 1-of-2 attempts at the charity stripe.
A Jackrabbit three-point attempt just before the buzzer came up empty.
Pumroy ended the night with 17 points on 4-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc, while Katherine Plouffe contributed eight points and a game-high 11 rebounds for Marquette. The Golden Eagles ended the night with a 38-33 rebounding advantage.
Eide led the Jackrabbits with 21 points, connecting on 4-of-7 from long range. Waytashek ended the night with 17 points, while Hesier's dozen were a season high. Dietel finished with seven points and team-high six rebounds.
Shooting stats were nearly identical; Marquette was 25-of-56 from the field, 44.6 percent, while the Jackrabbits were 23-of-57, 40.4 percent. The Golden Eagles were 9-of-20 from three-point range compared to 7-of-21 by SDSU. At the line, the Jackrabbits converted 21-of-28 attempts, 75 percent, while Marquette went 18-of-27 for 66.7 percent.
SDSU continues its homestand Saturday afternoon, hosting Middle Tennessee State in the front end of a doubleheader at 4 p.m. The 2003 NCAA Division II national championship team will be honored at halftime.
NOTES: Marquette leads the all-time series, 4-0 … the Jackrabbits dropped to 0-7 all-time against BIG EAST opponents, including 0-2 this season … Eide reached the 20-point mark for the second time this season … Dietel led the team in rebounding for the fourth time this season … Katie Lingle made her first start of the season, replacing Mariah Clarin in the Jackrabbit starting five … Marquette committed 25 turnovers compared to 19 by the Jackrabbits … SDSU fell to 7-4 in overtime games during the Division I era, which began during the 2004-05 season … attendance was 2,427