Jacks split matchups against IUPUI Jaguars

Marcus Traxler

Drue AmanSports Editor


Maybe that describes SDSU’s defensive performances best.

Two days after holding Western Illinois to 50 points on the road, the Jacks allowed 56 points in one half against the IUPUI Jaguars in a 81-76 loss in Indianapolis, Ind. Jan. 15.

Those 56 points were the end result of 77 percent shooting from the field for the Jags, who missed seven shots from the field in the entire second half. The Jacks – an adroit offensive team among the top 15 in the nation in scoring offense – shot 57 percent that same half and saw their lead disappear for good, largely because of Jaguars junior guard Alex Young. Young notched 22 of his 27 points in the final half.

“To give up the percentage we did, it’s pretty tough to win,” said SDSU head coach Scott Nagy. “But Young’s one of the best players in the league and he proved it tonight.”

The Jacks’ first conference road loss of the season overshadows another quality night from Nate Wolters. The sophomore guard’s 24 points on 9-of-15 shooting appeared like it would be enough, as the Jacks formed a 14-point lead in the first half at one point against an IUPUI squad SDSU has never beaten on the road.

“It’ll never be about offense,” Nagy said. “That’s the way it’s been as long as I’ve coached … if we can make that change I think we’re going to be really good.”

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