Barrow’s efforts propel USD to 91-68 win

Barrow's efforts propel USD to 91-68 win The University of South Dakota's men's basketball team, who overcame a shaky first-half shooting effort, exploded for 54 second-half points in a 91-68 non-conference win over visiting Minnesota-Duluth Dec. 14 in the DakotaDome.

While USD (8-1) struggled in the first half, shooting only 38.2 percent (13 of 34), they found the range in the second stanza. The Coyotes hit 19 of 30 (.633) second-half shots and outscored the visitors 54-34. USD won their 54th straight home non-conference game. It was the Coyotes' 32nd win in their past 33 non-conference games, home or away. USD extended head coach Dave Boots' career record to 71-1 in non-conference home games.

USD took a 2-0 lead on a layup by senior forward Jason Barrow and led the game from start to finish. The Coyotes jumped to an 11-6 lead at the 15:55 mark of the first half when junior forward Jimmie Foster hit a 3-point basket. The lead grew to 20-10 at the 10:18 mark when senior forward Jeremy Kudera, who had 16 points and eight rebounds, hit a 3-point shot. The Bulldogs fought back within 22-19 when Chris Stanley hit a jumper at the 6:32 mark. The Coyotes went ahead 36-28 on a layup by Barrow with 1:09 to play in the first half. Minnesota-Duluth answered with a pair of 3-point baskets by Stanley, the last score coming just before the halftime buzzer to pull within 37-34. Barrow led USD at halftime with 16 points on five of eight shooting including a trio of 3-point baskets. Stanley led the Bulldogs with 12 first-half points. It was the eighth time in nine games that USD led their opponents at halftime.

Behind their hot shooting, the Coyotes broke from a 50-47 lead at the 13:14 mark to grab a 62-51 lead when junior guard Paul Marshall stole the ball and scored on a layup off a feed from senior guard Nate Tibbetts with 9:43 to play. The Coyotes extended the margin to 66-51 on a pair of free throws by Barrow at the 8:44 mark. USD increased the lead to 74-56 when Tibbetts knocked home a jump shot with 5:32 to play. The Coyotes went up 84-58 at the 3:09 mark on a layup by freshman forward Steve Anderson, who had 9 points on the night. Consecutive baskets by freshman guard Richard Ross in the final minute gave the Coyotes a 91-66 lead.

Four players, led by Barrow's 21 points, scored in double figures. Foster had 19 points, Kudera had 16 and Marshall added 11. Barrow had nine rebounds to lead the Coyotes to a 39-35 rebound advantage over the Bulldogs. Tibbetts had 7 points, five rebounds, 10 assists, and three steals. Ross added 8 points. The Coyotes hit 32 of 64 (.500) shots in the game and were nine of 25 (.360) from 3-point range. They were 18 of 22 (.818) from the free throw line. The Coyotes had seven steals and committed just six turnovers.

Minnesota-Duluth, who were playing without their leading scorer, Jake Nettleton, received 17 points from Stanley while Ben Raymond tallied 10 points. The Bulldogs hit 25 of 60 (.417) field goals and were six of 19 (.316) from the 3-point line. The visitors hit 12 of 19 (.632) free throws.

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