Men’s Basketball Preview: South Dakota State at Ft. Wayne
South Dakota State’s Summit League record of 28 straight home wins takes a break this week, as the Jacks hit the road for a pair of games, starting tonight in Fort Wayne.
SDSU (18-6 overall/9-2 conference) begins the week in a three-way tie for first in Summit League play with Western Illinois and North Dakota State. The Jackrabbits currently own the longest winning streak in the conference at seven straight.
Last Saturday against Kansas City, every Jackrabbit in uniform scored and grabbed a rebound, as South Dakota State beat Kansas City 88-57 at Frost Arena. Nate Wolters led five Jackrabbits in double figures with 18 points, adding five rebounds and a game-high six assists. Jordan Dykstra finished with 16 points and nine rebounds, Zach Horstman scored a career-high 13 on a perfect 5-for-5 night from the floor, including a 3-for-3 night from distance. Chad White added 12 and Brayden Carlson 11 points in the win.
Fort Wayne (10-14/3-7) dropped their lone game last week, falling 86-79 at Omaha on Thursday. The Mastodons led 41-36 at halftime but UNO hit 15 of their next 16 shots and finished with a 78.2 shooting percentage in the second half. Frank Gaines led Fort Wayne with 32 points and nine rebounds, while Luis Jacobo added 16 points, and Michael Kibiloski 12.
Last month in Brookings, SDSU beat Fort Wayne 83-57. The game was tied at 40 with just over 16 minutes to play when the Jacks outscored the Dons 43-17 down the stretch, thanks to 73 percent shooting in the second half.
Additionally, the Jacks forced 10 of the Mastodon's 18 turnovers in the second half, which led to 14 of the Jackrabbits total of 23 points off turnovers. IPFW scored 10 points in the game off of 12 SDSU turnovers.
Nate Wolters led all scorers with 29 points, 16 in the second half. Marcus Heemstra tied a career-high with 12 points, eight in the second half, while Chad White scored 10 of his 12 points in the second half. Frank Gaines led a pair of IPFW players in double figures with 18 points. Joe Reed added 15 points in the loss.
The Jackrabbits have won six straight against the Mastodons.
Tipoff tonight is 6:00pm