Greetings from Brookings. Yes, I’m still here. Took me four hours to get from Sioux Falls to Frost Arena on Sunday, during which time I missed all but the last 12 minutes of the South Dakota State vs. Cal State Bakersfield men’s basketball game.
And then the freeway was shut down. Oy. Long day. Anywho, here are some leftover items:
The blizzard-day crowd was the smallest for an SDSU game in its NCAA Division I era. The previous low: 1,010 vs. Fort Wayne on March 1, 2007.
Oddly enough, the Jacks only drew 1,080 vs. the Roadrunners on Dec. 16, 2008.
Related note: The Bakersfield game notes inadvertently referred to Frost Arena as “Snow Arena.”
Jacks senior forward Tony Fiegen scored 16 points after putting up a career-high 17 on Thursday vs. Dakota State.
He’s scoring in double figures five games in a row with at least five rebounds in each of those games, too.
“We’re throwing him the ball,” coach Scott Nagy said. “We’re throwing the ball more inside than we had last year - and we should.”
Four officials worked the game. Why? Because a replacement was used in the opening minutes, and NCAA rules don’t permit a change until intermission. Weather, of course, was the culprit.
How did Nate Wolters feel in his first game back after missing two due to a right ankle sprain?
“It feels a lot better than it did a couple days ago,” the senior point guard said. “Once I got out and loosened up a little bit it was fine. It wasn’t that big of a deal.”
Wolters pushed his career points total to 1,812. He needs three more to tie Austin Hansen for third on the SDSU career list and 10 to tie Lee Colburn for second. Mark Tetzlaff is tops at 1,931.
The teams combined for six bench points. SDSU had all of those - four by Marcus Heemstra and two by Taevaunn Prince on a combined 2 of 3 shooting.
The Jacks are 3-1 this season when trailing at the half. They were 5-6 in those situations last year.
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