Jacks Host Roadrunners in Sunday Matinée
BROOKINGS, SD — South Dakota State shook off the funk from a loss at Minnesota on Tuesday with a big win over Dakota State on Thursday, which sets the stage for the Jackrabbits final home contest of the calendar year on Sunday, when SDSU welcomes the Roadrunners from CSU Bakersfield to Frost Arena at 2 p.m.
The Jacks enter the game riding a 22-game home winning streak, after downing Dakota State by an 83-52 score on Thursday.
South Dakota State got 21 points and a career-high 12 rebounds from Jordan Dykstra and a career-high 17 points from Tony Fiegen in the dominating win over the Trojans. The Jackrabbits also got 10 points from both Brayden Carlson and Chad White.
SDSU shot a season-high 60.7 percent from the floor, connecting on 34 of its 56 shots in the game, including a 7-for-16 effort from beyond the 3-point arc (43.8 percent).
The visiting Trojans shot 38.3 percent from the floor on 18-of-47 shooting, with a 5-for-14 mark from long range (35.7 percent).
Luke Lamb led Dakota State with 14 points, Yusuf Vinson added 11 and Terrell Newton nine points in the loss, which finishes the game with a 7-1 record.
Dakota State scored first and opened an early 11-5 lead, but the Jackrabbits responded with a 17-1 run, keyed by two Cory Jacobsen 3-pointers, that gave SDSU a 10-point, 22-12 lead.
The Jacks led 35-25 at the half, but eight quick points from Dykstra to start the second half pushed the lead to 43-27, and SDSU continued to build from there, stretching the lead to as many as 32 points on a Carlson layup with just over two minutes to play.
THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT
CSU BAKERSFIELD ROADRUNNERS (3-5, 1-3 Away) - The Roadrunners opened the season with four straight losses, but comes to Brookings winners of three of their last four after dropping UT-San Antonio by a score of 85-52 on Dec. 1 and after a come-from-behind 72-70 victory over Cal State Fullerton on Thursday in Fullerton, Calif.
Two of the ‘Runners first four losses came by three or fewer points, including a 62-60 loss to UT-Arlington in the season opener and a 76-73 loss at home to Loyola Marymount on Nov. 17.
THE SERIES vs. CSU BAKERSFIELD - Series tied 1-1. The Roadrunners won the first meeting in overtime, 73-71, on Dec. 28, 2007 in Bakersfield, Calif., while the Jackrabbits won the second meeting, 86-65, on Dec. 16, 2008 at Frost Arena.
The Jackrabbits make a return trip to Bakersfield on Feb. 20, 2013.
THE LAST MEETING: vs. CSU BAKERSFIELD, Dec. 16, 2008 - Every Jackrabbit scored at least one point and five scored in double figures, as South Dakota State rolled to an 86-65 win over CSU Bakersfield at Frost Arena, snapping a three game skid.
Anthony Cordova led the Jackrabbits with 16 points. Kai Williams came off the bench to score 14, Clint Sargent added 12 in a reserve role, while Garret Callahan scored 11 and Dale Moss 10. Santwon Latunde led the Roadrunners with 16 points.
SDSU got more than half of its points off the bench, a total of 49 points, compared to 26 by the Roadrunners.
Michael Palarca scored the first three points for the Jackrabbits, Mark Engen scored the next two and the Jacks never looked back, steadily increasing their lead throughout the first half.
The Jacks turned a 10-0 run into a 17-2 run midway through the half before eventually taking a 49-24 lead into the locker room at halftime.
SDSU increased its lead to as many as 33 points in the second half at 82-49 with 3:09 left to play before an 8-0 CSUB run cut the lead to 24 with just under two minutes on the clock.
The Jacks would get it back up to 27 points with under a minute to go, but a pair of late Roadrunner three-pointers cut the deficit to the final score of 86-65.
NEXT UP FOR THE JACKRABBITS - SDSU hits the road for all of its next six games, starting with Montana on Saturday at 7 p.m. MT.
The Jackrabbits don’t return to Frost Arena until Jan. 10, 2013, when they host Oakland in Summit League action.
Courtesy: South Dakota State University