Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Nate Wolters led the way with a game-high 23 points as the South Dakota State Jackrabbits took down the UMKC Kangaroos, 77-61, in a Summit League battle at Municipal Auditorium.
For the Jackrabbits (11-5, 2-1 Summit), Jordan Dykstra added 21 points and Chad White finished with 14 points.
Thomas Staton led the Kangaroos (4-11, 1-3) with 14 points, while Nelson Kirksey scored 12 points and Estan Tyler chipped in with 10 points.
The Jackrabbits came out hot to start the contest, connecting on 58.1 percent of their field goal attempts, including 10-of-17 from beyond the 3-point arc. Leading 31-20 with under five minutes left in the first, SDSU scored the final 18 points of the half as it took a commanding 49-20 lead into halftime. Conversely, the Kangaroos struggled, shooting only 32 percent from the field and 2-of-8 from 3-point range to open the game.
After the break, UMKC finally found its shooting touch and hit on 55.6 percent of its field goal attempts, including 6-of-11 from long distance. SDSU cooled off a bit, shooting just 42.3 percent from the field in the second half and only 2-of-10 from 3-point distance. While they cut somewhat into their huge deficit in the second half, the closest the Kangaroos could get was 14 points down late in the game, as the Jackrabbits were able to coast to victory.
The Jackrabbits outrebounded the Kangaroos 32-26. UMKC did have an 8-0 edge in second chance points.