Foster powers USD’s 65-51 win over NDSU

Foster powers USD's 65-51 win over NDSU The No. 6 ranked South Dakota men's basketball team (19-3, 12-2 in the NCC) grabbed a 65-51 win over the North Dakota State Bison (13-8, 5-8 in the NCC) at the DakotaDome Feb. 9.

South Dakota outscored NDSU, 46-27 in winning their fourth straight NCC game. The win moved South Dakota to 12-2 in the NCC.

The Coyotes struggled in the opening half, hitting just eight of 27 first half shots for 29.6 percent. They were just three of 12 from 3-point range as the Bison led 24-19 at halftime.

In the opening minutes, a 3-point basket by South Dakota senior point guard Nate Tibbetts gave the Coyotes a 5-3 lead. However, NDSU's Joe Hedin, who scored 10 points on the night, had 5 straight points to give the Bison an 8-5 lead.

A lay-up by senior forward Jeremy Kudera gave the Coyotes a 9-8 lead. Two foul shots by NDSU's Scott Majkrzak moved the Bison in front 14-12, but Kudera hit a 3-pointer as South Dakota led 15-14. Junior shooting guard Paul Marshall hit consecutive baskets to give the Coyotes a 19-14 lead. But that was all the scoring for the Coyotes in the first half. NDSU went on a 10-0 run in the final 7:03 to grab the halftime lead (24-19).

While South Dakota was cold in the opening stanza, the Bison also had trouble scoring. They hit just nine of 26 field goals for 34.6 percent and were four of 12 from 3-point land. They made both of their free throws while the Coyotes did not have any free throw attempts in the first half. Tibbetts and Hedin had 8 points to lead their respective teams.

In the second half, South Dakota was a different team. The Coyotes hit 17 of 31 field goals for 54.8 percent in the final 20-minutes to grab the victory. They were four of 11 from 3-point range and eight of 13 from the foul line. After the Coyotes and Bison traded baskets in the first six minutes of the second half, the Coyotes took off on a 9-0 run to grab a 39-30 advantage. Junior forward Jimmie Foster, who had 17 points and eight rebounds, had 5 points during the run. It gave the Coyotes an advantage they would not relinquish.

A 3-point basket by junior forward Eric Hickenbottom gave the Coyotes a 42-32 lead. Then after a jumper by NDSU's Ben Nemmers whittled the lead to 44-38, senior center Jason Barrow scored inside and hit a pair of free throws as the Coyotes moved ahead 47-38. Two foul shots by Kudera and a jumper by Marshall increased the lead to 55-41. A lay-up by Kudera kept the lead at 12 points, 57-45.

When Foster had a dunk with 1:11 to play, the Coyotes had a 61-48 lead and their 19th win of the season. Foster hit another shot with 25 seconds left for a 65-48 lead, their largest of the game, before NDSU's closed the scoring with a 3-pointer by Marc Forbush.

Kudera had another outstanding game for the Coyotes, He had 13 points and a game-high 15 rebounds. It was his second double double of the season. Barrow had 10 points and six boards while Marshall had 12 points and a career-high six rebounds. Tibbetts had seven assists to move his Coyote record assist total to 640 on the season.

Overall South Dakota hit 25 of 58 field goals for 43.1 percent. They were just seven of 23 from 3-point range for 30.4 percent. South Dakota won the rebound battle, 36-35.

Meanwhile the Bison were 18 of 50 from the field for 36 percent and seven of 27 from 3-point range for 25.9 percent. They were eight of 10 from the free throw line. Sophomore Denver TenBroek had 25 points and 13 rebounds to lead NDSU.

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