IUPUI TO OPEN SUMMIT LEAGUE PLAY AGAINST SOUTH DAKOTA STATE
January 8, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
IUPUI SPORTS RELEASE
INDIANAPOLIS - The IUPUI basketball team will open Summit League play on Thursday (Jan. 9) when the Jaguars host South Dakota State (8-7, 0-0 Summit) inside the Jungle at 7:00 p.m.. The game will be televised locally on Hometown Sports & News (HTSN) as Greg Rakestraw (pxp) and Bob Lovell (analyst) will be on the call. Additionally, the game can be heard on WNDE 1260 AM and the free iHeartRadio app as Will Flemming (pxp) calls the action from courtside.
Adult reserved seats are just $10 and are available by contacting the IUPUI Athletics Department at 317-274-5453.
IUPUI (5-12, 0-0 Summit) is coming off its most emphatic victory in the program's Division I history, having defeated Judson 112-50 inside the Jungle last Thursday night. Senior forward Donovan Gibbs led five Jaguars in double-digits with a career-high 32 points and 11 rebounds and Ian Chiles added 18 points off the bench. Freshman Josh James tossed in a season-high 17 points off the bench and junior Khufu Najee recorded his first career double-double with 11 points, 11 boards and five assists. Senior Ja'Rob McCallum netted 10 points in his first-ever start with the Jaguars.
IUPUI raced out to a double-digit lead in the game's opening five minutes en route to building a 64-27 halftime lead. The Jaguars shot better than 71 percent in the opening 20 minutes while holding Judson to just 24 percent overall.
The Jaguars finished the night hitting 57 percent from the floor and 7-of-15 (46.7 percent) from three-point range. Despite playing without 6-foot-9 senior Mitch Patton, the Jaguars dominated the glass, 55-22, and outscored Judson 62-22 on the inside. Head Coach Todd Howard's team also handed out a season-high 21 assists on 42 baskets.
Gibbs was the night's biggest start, hitting 13-of-16 field goal attempts and 3-of-4 from downtown, while also swatting a career-high three shots. James was an efficient 7-of-8 off the bench and Chiles hit 7-of-10 shots in 22 minutes work.
IUPUI is 6-8 all-time against South Dakota State, having lost seven straight in the series, dating back to the 2010-11 season. The Jaguars lost three meetings with the Jackrabbits a year ago, including a 66-49 Summit League Tournament defeat in Sioux Falls, S.D..
This year's SDSU squad comes in having won four straight, including a home win over Belmont and road wins at UMKC and North Dakota. Senior forward Jordan Dykstra (15.9 ppg, 8.3 rpg) and senior guard Brayden Carlson (13.9 ppg, 3.0 apg) lead the attack, while Florida-transfer Cody Larson (13.2 ppg, 6.9 rpg) and senior swingman Chad White (10.3 ppg, 27 3's) also average double-digits.
The Jackrabbits have dominated foes on the glass, outrebounding opponents by 3.5 caroms per game.
Thursday's game features two of the league's top three scorers in Chiles (17.4 ppg) and Dykstra (15.9), while Dykstra also leads the league in rebounding. IUPUI sophomore Marcellus Barksdale is second in The Summit in rebounding at 7.8 boards per game.
IUPUI is 4-2 all-time against SDSU at home.