Jackrabbits roll North Dakota in historic win



The Jacks and North Dakota met for the first time since 2004 Saturday night, and after tonight they won’t be trading Christmas cards.

The Jackrabbits pounded their border rival, scoring the first 15 points of the contest to propel the Jacks to their largest victory ever in the 183 meetings between the two squads, a 92-54 win in front of 4,104 fans at Frost Arena.

SDSU never trailed but the Fighting Sioux rallied back to close the gap to four at 19-15 midway through the first half. SDSU would go on a 20-6 run to end the first half and build an 18-point lead at halftime.

“It’s really important and takes a lot of pressure of off Nate [Wolters]. The key to that tonight was that we won big on the glass and that’s huge against a team like that,” SDSU forward Tony Fiegen said of the Jackrabbits rebounding performance. The Jacks edged out UND on the glass, 45-21.

SDSU’s shooters got hot in the second half, hitting seven three pointers from the field and shooting nearly 57 percent for the game. The performance was not just historically significant in the series for coach Scott Nagy.

“This was first game where we were good offensively and defensively at the same time,”  Nagy said. “We were better offensively because we passed the ball and we were cutting more because we weren’t ball screening for Nate [Wolters]. We were able to move the ball well and open up those threes in the second half.”

SDSU (8-3) used balance to run away from the Fighting Sioux at home, with six players scoring in double-digits. Wolters, who tweaked what appeared to be an ankle in the first half, stayed in the game for a game-high 16 points.

The Jacks found their way to the 92-point mark for the second game in a row and scored more than 90 points for the third time this season. UND (4-5) was held to their lowest-scoring outing of the season.