South Dakota State's Nate Wolters Can't Stop Making Shots, But Loses

Nelson Chenault-US PRESSWIRE

How do you follow up a 53-point performance that had everyone talking? You go off for 36 more in the next game.

Remember how everyone learned about Nate Wolters? He started stringing together game after game after game of 30-point performances.

Maybe he didn't want us to forget about him again.

Thursday night's 53-point performance was hard to forget. We have been talking about it since it occurred, possibly because it seems impossible what he managed to do in terms of value to his team.

So what did he do for an encore? Why only drop 36 points Saturday against Oakland.

Only this time, it didn't end in a win. Wolters even got more support from his teammates. Chad White scored 21, including a 5-for-12 performance from 3-point range. The rest of the team shot a more respectable 41 percent Saturday afternoon.

The only problem was that Oakland's dynamic duo, and the rest of the Grizzlies were a little bit better.

Travis Bader, who has been overlooked way too much this season, poured in nine 3-pointers, and finished with 31 points. Duke Mondy added 26 points on 10 of 17 shooting. Oakland as a whole shot almost 50 percent from the floor.

The Jackrabbits tried to mount a late comeback, and the hot shooting by the rest of South Dakota State was almost enough to pull them even. It just was too late to truly close the gap, and Oakland came away with the 88-83 win.

But let's not forget what Wolters was able to do. He had seven assists, giving him 609 in his career, more than any other South Dakota State player ever. He already owns the scoring mark, not that that should be any surprise.

That is the third time this season that Wolters has eclipsed the 30-point mark, and the 13th time in his career.

At the rate he is going, he might be at 15 by the end of next week.

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