Coyote men win second straight game

Coyote men win second straight game South Dakota men's basketball team showed their offensive firepower for the second straight night and took a 96-69 nonconference win over Minnesota-Morris at the DakotaDome Nov. 21.

Sophomore forward Steve Anderson led the Coyotes with 23 points and 10 rebounds. South Dakota had four players in double figures with freshman point guard Josh Mueller contributing 17 points, nine assists and five steals. Senior forward Jimmie Foster had 15 points, four rebounds and three steals while senior shooting guard Paul Marshall supplied 11 points.

The Coyotes opened up a 14-8 advantage in the first half when Anderson scored off an offensive rebound. Minnesota-Morris stayed close in the early going as Damarrius Tolbert hit a jumper to draw the Cougars within 17-13.

Then, the Coyotes took off on a 21-9 run that was culminated by a 3-point play by Foster to give South Dakota a 38-22 lead. A 3-point basket by Sean Severson cut the Coyotes' lead to 38-27.

The Coyotes answered with an 8-4 run as Foster and Anderson each scored 4 points in the final two minutes of the first half for a 45-31 halftime advantage.

Consecutive 3-point baskets by Mueller and Marshall gave the Coyotes a 51-33 lead in the second half. A steal by Mueller led to a Marshall lay-up as the Coyotes' lead grew to 53-33. Minnesota-Morris scored four straight points to draw within 53-37 but that was as close as they would get in the second half.

The Coyotes increased their lead to 77-50 when Roberts scored inside for the Coyotes. A lay-up by Mueller increased the margin to 85-57. Junior forward Daniel Tumis converted a pair of free throw to give South Dakota an 89-59 lead.

At the 2:18 mark, sophomore forward Eric Holmstadt scored inside and hit a free throw after being fouled and South Dakota had its biggest lead of the game at 94-63.

Minnesota-Morris outscored the Coyotes, 6-2 in the final two minutes to close the gap to 96-69.

On the night, South Dakota hit 34 of 76 field goals for 44.7 percent, including an 18 of 38 (47.4) shooting effort in the second half. The Coyotes made five of 14 3-point baskets for 35.7 percent and were 23 of 26 from the free throw line for 86.7 percent.

Roberts added 9 points and nine rebounds for the Coyotes, who committed just 12 turnovers and had 13 steals.

Minnesota-Morris hit 28 of 66 field goals for 42.4 percent and was nine of 18 from the 3-point arc for 50 percent. They made four of seven rebounds. The Cougars committed 22 turnovers. The Cougars were led in scoring by Adam Girtman with 16 points and six assists. Eric Rohy had 12 points, including four 3-point baskets Tolbert and Holler each contributed 10 points.

South Dakota had a 42-36 rebound advantage.

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