This post is part of The Arena Pulse’s Player of the Night feature.
Each morning throughout the 2011-12 season, The Arena Pulse will select and name its “Player of the Night” from the previous evening’s action.
Xavier’s loss to Oral Roberts on Sunday highlighted much of the day’s action, as the Musketeers undefeated start came to an end due to the suspensions of three of their top four players from last weekend’s brawl against Cincinnati.
However, on the west coast, the Pac-12 Conference continues to struggle, and for Washington, the early-season woes continue, as the Huskies fell to South Dakota State, handing the program its biggest victory in school history.
The winner of The Arena Pulse’s Player of the Night (12/18):
Name: Nate Wolters
School: South Dakota State
Stat Line: 34 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds, 1 steal
Back on Nov. 12, South Dakota State guard Nate Wolters opened the season with a 32-point, 11-assist performance, en-route to being named as The Arena Pulse’s Player of the Night (11/12).
On Sunday, Wolters finished with 34 points, seven assists, and five rebounds, once again earning the evening’s top performance and helping the Jackrabbits secure an upset victory over Washington.
A member of the Summit League, South Dakota State is beginning to shape up like a legit squad as the New Year and conference play continues to approach. Wolters is the main reason why.
Not only did South Dakota State pull off the upset on Sunday afternoon, the Jackrabbits did so in convincing fashion, blowing out the Huskies, 92-73.
Wolters led the team, playing in all 40 minutes of the contest and tallying a new season-high with 34 points, while leading South Dakota State to what likely stands as their biggest victory in program history.
With that being said, the Jackrabbits now turn their full focus to conference play. South Dakota State (10-4, 2-0) will host IPFW (7-3, 1-1) on Wednesday, Dec. 28, looking for a 3-0 start in the Summit League.
Honorable Mention: John Shurna (Northwestern)- 32 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 blocks
*Photo: Nate Wolters *Credit: draftexpress.com
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