Coyotes outlast Morningside in overtime; at MSU, SCSU The South Dakota men's basketball team continues to hold a three-game lead in the North Central Conference following an 80-78 overtime win over Morningside last Saturday in Sioux City, IA.
The Coyotes, who are 21-2 overall and 12-2 in the NCC, travel to Minnesota State-Mankato and St. Cloud State this Friday and Saturday. North Dakota is alone in second-place at 9-5 after sweeping the Minnesota schools.
USD trailed Morningside at halftime, 33-32, after rallying from a 10-point deficit (14-4) early in the game. In the second half the game was close throughout with the biggest margin for either team being 6 points when Morningside went on top, 51-45, with 11:15 to play.
The Coyotes, sparked by three 3-point field goals by Ben Ries during a two-minute span, tied the game at 56-56 with 8:56 showing. From that point on neither team led by more than 4 points. USD managed to take a 4-point lead at 68-64 with 2:59 left, and the Coyotes were still on top, 72-70, following a 3-point play by Jason Barrow with 1:11 remaining.
The Mustangs then forced overtime hitting two of four free throw attempts. In the overtime session, Jeremy Kudera led the Coyotes by scoring 5 points, including a 3-point field goal that gave USD a 78-74 lead with 2:33 left.
With five seconds showing, Kudera converted a layup for an 80-78 margin and the win.
Kudera led the Coyotes with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Nathan Blessen had 20 points and Ben Ries had 16. Ries connected on four 3-point field goals to set an all-time USD record for 3-pointers with 275 � breaking Mike Graves' record of 274 set from 1986-90.
Barrow had 9 points, and Nate Tibbetts had 5 points and six assists.