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SDSU Men's Basketball Team Downs Iowa 79-69



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Jacks down Iowa to open 2-0

 

IOWA CITY, Iowa – The South Dakota State men’s basketball team finished off a perfect season-opening road trip with a hard-fought 79-69 win over Iowa on Sunday afternoon, thanks to a career day from Nate Wolters.

 

“We struggled offensively, but fortunately we had Nate tonight,” SDSU head coach Scott Nagy said after the win. “When everything else broke down he just took the ball and made plays, and honestly when you’ve got good teams, that’s what happens, you have good guards that make plays off the dribble.”

 

A sophomore from St. Cloud, Minn., Wolters led the Jackrabbits with a career-high 25 points and a career-high nine assists in the win, which boosts the Jacks record to 2-0. Wolters also added four steals.

 

Clint Sargent added 16 points and Dale Moss 10 for the Jacks. Chad White and Jordan Dykstra led the way with six rebounds.

 

The Jacks and Hawkeyes played close throughout most of the first half, although Iowa did use a 9-0 run to take an 18-12 lead midway though the half. The Jacks hung tough though, and used an 8-0 run to end the half with a 29-38 lead.

 

Iowa opened the second half with a 6-0 run to cut the lead to two, and then took the lead with 14:54 left in the game at 41-40.

 

Five lead changes and one tie followed, before the Jacks took the lead for good on a Chad White three-pointer with 10:55 left to play. The host Hawkeyes stayed within one possession for most of the remainder of the game until Wolters sunk a pair of free throws to put the Jacks up 75-67 with 1:30 on the clock.

 

The Jacks return home to start a season-long seven game homestand on Thursday against Southwest Minnesota State. The game from Frost Arena begins at 7 p.m.

 

Courtesy: Ryan Sweeter, SDSU Athletics

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