South Dakota State vs New Mexico

South Dakota St. hands No. 16 New Mexico first loss

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A 1,220-mile bus trip, a gimpy ankle and a nationally ranked opponent were no hindrance to South Dakota State guard Nate Wolters against No. 16 New Mexico.

Wolters scored 28 points and handed out seven assists, leading South Dakota State to a 70-65 upset of No. 16 New Mexico on Saturday.

"I definitely wasn't 100 percent," Wolters said. "But once I got going I just tried to feed off my teammates. It felt pretty good out there."

After a loss to Belmont, the Jackrabbits had to take a bus from Nashville, Tenn., because of a snowstorm.

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"It wasn't very fun, crossing the country, especially after a loss and the way we played on Wednesday, so this was big for us and we have to feed off it," Wolters said.

Kendall Williams scored 21 to lead the Lobos, who went 7 of 12 from the foul line in the closing minutes to frustrate their own comeback efforts.

Wolters' ankle has been hampered his play of late, so much so that Jackrabbits coach Scott Nagy warned him he might watch a good bit of the game from the bench.

"I told him if I see what I've seen in the past few games, I was going to sit him down because he couldn't get by anybody," Nagy said. "He had no burst. Maybe that's what he needed to decide to give his ankle a try. And he pushed his ankle today and he did pretty well."

Jordan Dykstra had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Jackrabbits, who went 10 for 11 from the line down the stretch to preserve their lead. Chad White added 13 points for South Dakota State and Brayden Carlson had 10.

The Jackrabbits (10-4) led the final 37 minutes of the game after taking the lead with an early 8-0 run.

Wolters' 3-pointer with 4:49 left in the first half gave South Dakota State its largest lead at 35-23. But the Lobos (12-1) closed the half with an 11-3 run to trail 38-34 entering the second half.

"The Wolters kid is the real deal and as a good a point guard as we've played all year," New Mexico coach Steve Alford said. "I thought he really controlled the game for 40 minutes and did a really good job of running their team. You can tell that he's their leader and other guys play very well off of him."

New Mexico never got closer than three points the rest of the way. Williams, the team's leading scorer for the season, sat out the first 5:33 after he and fellow starter Chad Adams arrived late.

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Nate Wolters scores 28 points for South Dakota State, which goes almost wire-to-wire for the win.  (AP)
Nate Wolters scores 28 points for South Dakota State, which goes almost wire-to-wire for the win. (AP)
Scoreboard
South Dakota State (10-4) «383270
New Mexico #16 (12-1)343165
SDAKST:N. Wolters 28 Pts
SDAKST:J. Dykstra 10 Reb
SDAKST:N. Wolters 7 Ast
NMEX:K. Williams 21 Pts
NMEX:A. Kirk 6 Reb
NMEX:K. Williams 4 Ast

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PLAYERS OF THE GAME
South Dakota StateNew Mexico
SDAKST
Nate Wolters
NMEX
Kendall Williams
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
28572134
South Dakota State Jackrabbits
N. Wolters, G359-159-1157328
B. Carlson, G334-60-043510
J. Dykstra, F334-80-0101410
T. Fiegen, F323-70-07136
C. White, G313-74-440213
M. Heemstra, F150-20-02100
J. Bittle, G131-40-01033
T. Prince, G80-10-01030
J. Feilmeier, GDid Not Play
Z. Horstman, G-FDid Not Play
C. Jacobsen, GDid Not Play
C. Devine, FDid Not Play
M. Donlan, G-FDid Not Play
R. Silva, GDid Not Play
J. White, GDid Not Play
Totals 24-5013-1534132370
 48.0%86.7% 
New Mexico Lobos
K. Williams, G346-157-1034221
T. Snell, G283-95-631213
A. Kirk, F-C262-72-26016
H. Greenwood, G262-43-64248
C. Adams, G-F251-10-03133
C. Bairstow, F203-40-04026
C. Thomas, G150-10-01110
J. Fenton, G142-70-01206
D. Walker, G121-40-00202
N. Banyard, F90-20-02000
C. Perez, GDid Not Play
M. Lindsay, GDid Not Play
K. Alford, GDid Not Play
D. Williams, G-FDid Not Play
Totals 20-5417-2427131565
 37.0%70.8% 
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No. Dak. St.12-423-1092
S. Dak. St.12-424-1190
Oral Roberts10-619-15163
IPFW9-716-15215
South Dakota9-717-16213
Denver6-1012-18232
IUPUI6-1010-21259
Neb.-Omaha5-1112-17300
Western Ill.3-138-20328

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Boise St.14-425-940
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Wyoming11-725-1071
Utah St.11-718-13144
Fresno St.10-814-17183
UNLV8-1018-15114
New Mexico7-1115-16172
Air Force6-1214-17240
Nevada5-139-22306
San Jose St.0-182-28336
 
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