North Dakota St 67

(24-9, 12-4 Summit)

South Dakota St 73

(25-9, 13-3 Summit)

    Coverage: ESPN2/WatchESPN

    9:00 PM ET, March 12, 2013

    Sioux Falls Arena, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

    1 2 T
    NDSU 25 4267
    SDST 29 4473

    Top Performers

    North Dakota St: T. Braun 23 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    South Dakota St: N. Wolters 27 Pts, 6 Reb, 6 Ast, 4 Stl

    Nate Wolters scores 27 as Jackrabbits seal 2nd straight NCAA trip

    Associated Press

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Nate Wolters struggled to get his chances for most of the game. Once he did, the Summit League's player of the year proved worthy of the title and added another -- tournament MVP.

    Wolters scored 18 of his 27 points in the second half to lead South Dakota State past North Dakota State 73-67 on Tuesday night in the Summit League tournament finals.

    The victory sends the Jackrabbits (25-9) to the NCAA tournament for the second straight year.

    The Bison held South Dakota State to 47.9 percent shooting overall, and Kory Brown and TrayVonn Wright played Wolters tight to hold him to nine points in the first half.

    "It's tough to find any driving lanes out there," Wolters said. "My team did a great job picking me up."

    Jordan Dykstra had 18 points and seven rebounds for the Jackrabbits, a performance that head coach Scott Nagy praised.

    "He was physical. He was active," Nagy said. "He showed up in a big moment tonight."

    The sellout crowd of 6,544 provided a home-game atmosphere for the Jackrabbits, whose campus sits 60 miles to the north.

    Nagy said South Dakota State's motto is "play like you're loved," because there's no pressure. He said the experience of winning last year's championship helped, as the team was intense but not tense.

    "You go out and relax, and that's how we want our kids playing," he said.

    Taylor Braun led North Dakota State (24-9) with 23 points, including two consecutive three-point plays where he aggressively sliced into the paint. Reserve Mike Felt chipped in nine points for the Bison.

    "They fought, no question about that," said North Dakota State head coach Saul Phillips. "Taylor was unbelievable."

    The Jackrabbits' Tony Fiegen, who contributed 12 points and began the second half by hitting back-to-back jumpers, complimented the Bison on a hard-fought game.

    "They put it all out there, just as much as we did tonight," Fiegen said. "It was a good battle. They're obviously a good team."

    South Dakota State took the lead just under seven minutes in but struggled the rest of the game to expand it.

    North Dakota State kept the pressure on Wolters, but Phillips said he has a way of finding passing lanes to hit the open man.

    "He makes passes that other guards just don't make," Phillips said.

    The Jackrabbits' sole NCAA appearance came last year, when they earned a trip to the dance but fell in the opener 68-60 to Baylor.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 67 73
    FG Made-Attempted 25-54 (.463) 23-48 (.479)
    3P Made-Attempted 7-20 (.350) 6-16 (.375)
    FT Made-Attempted 10-10 (1.000) 21-23 (.913)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (0/0) 11 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 4 12

    2012-13 Season

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    Research Notes

    Nate Wolters with a big performance in a big game, clinching an automatic bid. 27 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals - a line that's only been done three times previously in a conference tournament game since the turn of the century. Only one other player in the last 15 years has had as many as 25 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals in a conference CHAMPIONSHIP game.

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