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Wolters scores 53, S. Dakota St. downs IPFW 80-74
SO DAKOTA ST 80, IPFW 74
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) -- Nate Wolters scored a school-record 53
points and broke another mark with nine 3-pointers as South
Dakota State defeated IPFW 80-74 Thursday night.
Wolters' point total is the highest this season by a Division I
player, bettering a 47-point performance by Oakland's Travis
Bader on Jan. 24 against IUPUI. He broke Dave Thomas' school
record of 44 points (March 10, 1973 vs. Coe College) and Randy
Suarez's mark of eight 3-pointers (Feb. 7, 1987 vs. Augustana).
Wolters was 9 for 14 from beyond the arc, 17 for 28 overall and
10 for 11 at the free-throw line. He scored 38 of his points in
the second half, helping South Dakota State (19-6, 10-2 Summit)
shoot 64 percent from the floor and overcome an 11-point
"They were sagging off of me and my shot felt pretty good
tonight," Wolters said. "I was able to knock a couple down and
just got into a little bit of a rhythm.
"It's a good accomplishment, but it's a big win for us. We had
to have it. ... They played tough, but we were able to put
together a big second half and pull away."
Wolters' 3-pointer with 1:47 remaining gave the Jackrabbits
their first lead of the half, 70-68, and helped them finish the
game on a 13-6 run. He added his sixth 3-pointer of the second
half with 58 seconds remaining to put South Dakota State ahead
73-69 and hit 5 of 6 free throws in the final 90 seconds.
"What happened tonight is the result of a lot of time in the gym
for Nate, and sometimes kids get in a zone, they feel it, and it
doesn't matter what they do, you can't stop them," South Dakota
State coach Scott Nagy said. "That was the case tonight, and
Nate knew it, the players knew it, I knew it."
Frank Gaines led IPFW (10-15, 3-8) with 29 points, and Luis
Jacobo had 14. The Mastadons lost despite hitting 9 of 20
3-point attempts and outrebounding the Jackrabbits 37-29.
The 53-point performance is the third-highest in Summit League
history, trailing only North Dakota State's Ben Woodside (60 vs.
Stephen F. Austin, Dec. 12, 2008) and Kansas City's Michael
Watson (54 vs. Oral Roberts, Feb. 22, 2003).
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