St. Cloud State overcomes Coyotes 79-60 on Feb. 23 St. Cloud State (20-5, 12-5 in the NCC) hit 10 of 13 second half 3-point shots to break open a close game and gain a 79-60 men's North Central Conference win over No. 3 South Dakota (21-4, 14-3 in the NCC) Feb. 23 at St. Cloud, MN.
Early on the Coyotes jumped to a 5-2 lead but were unable to sustain any offensive momentum as the Huskies took control after the first five minutes of the game. South Dakota went on an 11-1 run to cut a 27-16 Huskies' lead to 28-27, but the Huskies regained control and used hot shooting to win their 12th NCC game in 17 outings.
St. Cloud led 38-31 at halftime. For most of the second half, the Huskies led by double figures when they hit 10 of 13 3-point field goals. St. Cloud had a 71-47 lead before the Coyotes cut the deficit in the final minutes. The Huskies came out on fire in the second half, outscoring South Dakota, 41-29 to earn a split in the season series with the Coyotes.
The Coyotes hit 23 of 52 field goals for 44.2 percent and nine of 27 from 3-point range for 33.3 percent. South Dakota was five of 12 from the free throw line for 41.7 percent. Senior point guard Nate Tibbetts had 15 points and five assists to lead the Coyotes. Senior forward Jeremy Kudera had 12 points and six rebounds. Jason Barrow and Paul Marshall scored 8 points for South Dakota.
St. Cloud hit 26 of 53 field goals for 49.1 percent but hit 13 of 24 3-point field goals for 54.2 percent. They made 14 of 19 free throws for 73.7 percent. The Huskies outrebounded South Dakota, 34-27. Junior forward Rado Rancik scored 20 points and grabbed six rebounds. Junior center B.J. Brant added 19 points, sophomore forward Jason Kron scored 15 points and hauled down a career-high 16 rebounds. Sophomore guard Forrest Witt scored 14 points. Freshman guard Alex Carlson scored 6 points and dished out a career-high 12 assists.