College Hoops Player of the Day for Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Senior Jordan Dykstra scored a season-high 32 points and South Dakota State won their second straight game, as the Jackrabbits smothered Lehigh, 74-61, in the progressive Legends Classic in Brookings, SD.
For the 6'8" Dykstra, it was business as usual, adding 13 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season. He was 8-for-14 overall, including four of six from three-point range and a stellar 12 of 13 from the foul line.
Thanks to Dykstra and fellow forward Cody Larson, who hauled in nine boards, the Jackrabbits held a huge rebounding edge, 39-28. Point guard Barden Carlson (9 assists) distributed the rock well enough that South Dakota State had double the assists as the Mountain Hawks, an 18-9 edge.
Intent on getting his squad out to an early lead, Dykstra scored 10 of the first 12 points for South Dakota State. The Jackrabbits soon opened a double-digit lead at 21-11 and took a 12-point bulge into the break. They were never headed in the second half, improving to 3-1 at home, but only 3-4 overall.