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Jacks Begin Six-Game Road Trip

South Dakota State Jackrabbits men's basketball
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BROOKINGS, SD — South Dakota State closed out the home portion of its non-conference schedule and played its final game of the calendar year on Sunday, and now hits the road the next six games, starting on Saturday against the Montana Grizzlies in Missoula, Mont., at 7 p.m. MT, the first of three straight games against teams that made the NCAA Tournament last year.

THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT
MONTANA GRIZZLIES (4-3, 3-0 Home) - Picked to finish first in both Big Sky Conference preseason polls, the Grizzlies opened the season with a loss at Colorado State, but bounced back with three straight wins, two of those wins at home, where they boast a 3-0 record so far this season.

BYU snapped the winning streak and San Francisco made it two losses in a row, evening the Grizzlies record at 3-3, before they came back with a convincing 78-58 win over in state foe Carroll College in their last game on Dec. 8, in Missoula.

The Grizzlies lead the all-time series 3-0, including a 98-56 win on Dec. 4, 1982 in Missoula, an 87-47 win on Dec 10, 2006 in Missoula and a 70-61 win on Nov. 17, 2007 at Frost Arena.

THE LAST MEETING: vs. MONTANA, Nov. 17, 2007 - Jordan Hasquet scored Montana’s first 13 points of the second half en route to a game-high 29 points, leading the Grizzlies to a 70-61 victory over South Dakota State before a crowd of 2,397 at Frost Arena. Montana improved to 3-1, while the Jackrabbits dropped to 1-1.

The teams played close in the first half, with Montana holding the largest lead at six points on three occasions, the last 26-20 after a pair of Kyle Sharp free throws. SDSU closed the half with a 10-4 run to pull even going into halftime at 30.

After the Jackrabbits took their first lead of the night at 33-32 early in the second half on a free throw by Clint Sargent. SDSU led 37-36 before Hasquet, who sat out the last 10 minutes of the first half with foul trouble, outscored the Jackrabbits 7-0 over a one-minute, 13-second stretch to give the Grizzlies the lead for good.

Matt Martin, who scored 11 points, added back-to-back three-pointers to give Montana a double-digit lead, 49-39, at the 12:09 mark, and the lead grew to 16 three minutes later as SDSU went scoreless for nearly five minutes.

The Jackrabbits whittled away at the lead, but could not get any closer than the final margin of nine the rest of the way.

Ben Beran led the Jackrabbits with 16 points, while Garrett Callahan and Clint Sargent added 11 and 10, respectively. SDSU shot 21-of-49 from the floor, 43 percent, but went just 3-of-15 on 3-point tries. The Jackrabbits converted 16-of-23 attempts at the free throw line, 69.6 percent.

The Grizzlies shot an even 50 percent from the field, 26-of-52, and went 6-of-17 on 3-pointers. At the line, Montana made 12-of-18 attempts, 67 percent.

SDSU controlled the boards, out-rebounding the Grizzlies, 36-27. Kai Williams led the Jackrabbits with nine rebounds, with redshirt freshman Anthony Cordova coming off the bench to grab eight boards.

Kyle Sharp led Montana with seven rebounds.

Men’s Basketball Game Notes at Montana

NEXT UP FOR THE JACKRABBITS - SDSU heads to Nashville, Tenn., to take on Belmont on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m.

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