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               === South Dakota State stuns No. 16 New Mexico ===
 
 Albuquerque, NM (Sports Network) - Nate Wolters posted game highs of 28 points
 and  seven  assists as  South Dakota State  stunned 16th-ranked and previously
 unbeaten New Mexico, 70-65, at The Pit.
 
 Wolters  made  good on  9-of-15 field  goal attempts  to pace the Jackrabbits'
 offense,  while South  Dakota State (10-4) also delivered on the defensive end
 to notch the program's first-ever win over a ranked opponent.
 
 The  defending Summit  League champions held the Lobos to a 37 percent success
 rate from the floor and led nearly wire-to-wire.
 
 "We've  gone on  the road the last five  years and won a game like this," said
 Jackrabbits head coach Scott Nagy. "Our kids understand what it's like to play
 in  these  situations, and I  agree, I thought we  answered well and never let
 them get the lead."
 
 The  shocking victory  also came  just  three days  after SDSU  was routed  at
 Belmont by 27 points (76-49) on Wednesday.
 
 Jordan  Dykstra added 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Jackrabbits, with Chad
 White contributing 13 points to the triumph.
 
 Kendall  Williams  finished with 21 points  for New Mexico (12-1), which saw a
 14-game  home win streak against non-conference opponents come to an end. Tony
 Snell had 13 points in defeat.
 
 "We  never  got in sync  all night." said Lobos  head coach Steve Alford. "Our
 rhythm  was bad, I think from beginning to end. And [South Dakota State] had a
 lot  to do  with  that. It's  a  very  good basketball  team.  They play  well
 together.  The  Wolters kid is the  real deal and as  good of a point guard as
 we've played all year."
 
 The  Lobos  also entered the  matchup with a  23-0 all-time record in December
 home  dates  under Alford, but  never held a  lead after netting the contest's
 first three points.
 
 South  Dakota  State countered  with eight  consecutive points, highlighted by
 treys  from  White and Brayden Carlson,  which ignited a 15-4 overall run that
 put the Jackrabbits ahead.
 
 A  Williams layup and  a Chad Adams triple pulled New Mexico within 15-12, but
 SDSU  answered with six unanswered to take a nine-point lead with nine minutes
 left in the half.
 
 The  margin would reach double digits when Carlson knocked down a 3-pointer in
 transition to put the Jackrabbits up 33-23 with around 5 1/2 minutes remaining
 before  intermission.  New Mexico would close  out the frame with a 9-3 spurt,
 however,  with  a pair of  Williams free throws  bringing the home team within
 38-34 at the break.
 
 The  Lobos failed  to carry that momentum into the second half, however. South
 Dakota  State accounted for seven of the first nine points of the period, with
 a Dykstra three staking the Jackrabbits to a 45-36 advantage three minutes in.
 
 New Mexico would trim the deficit to three when Jamal Fenton followed a basket
 by  teammate  Demetrius Walker with  a jumper from  beyond the arc, making the
 score  51-48  with just  under nine  minutes to play.  But again, South Dakota
 State would have a response.
 
 Dykstra  buried a 3-pointer on the ensuing possession, and Wolters converted a
 conventional  3-point  play after  a Lobos  turnover to push  the lead back to
 nine.
 
 "Today  my teammates did a great job of knocking down shots and we shot really
 well from the three," said Wolters. "When we hit shots, we are tough to beat."
 
 New  Mexico would get  as close as four points down over the final stages, but
 Wolters hit a clutch second-chance jumper with 1:56 left for a 62-56 SDSU edge
 and  White sank two foul shots after a pair of unsuccessful trips by the Lobos
 to extend the differential to eight with under a minute to go.
 
 The  Jackrabbits went  8-for-8 from the foul  line in the final minute to seal
 the outcome, and finished the game 13-of-15 from the charity stripe.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 South  Dakota State, which  moved up to Division I in 2004-05, made its first-
 ever   NCAA  D-I   tournament  appearance  last  season  and  also  played  in
 Albuquerque,  where  the Jackrabbits  dropped a  68-60 verdict to third-seeded
 Baylor  in  the second round ...  Williams now has 1,008 career points, making
 him the 30th player in the history of the Lobos program to reach the milestone
 ...  New Mexico also started out the 2009-10 campaign 12-0 before falling to a
 then-member of the Summit League, losing to Oral Roberts that season.
 
 12/22 20:19:46 ET

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