Coyotes rally to defeat NDSU

Coyotes rally to defeat NDSU The South Dakota men's basketball team (13-3, 5-3 in the NCC), led by Jimmie Foster's 22 points, rallied in the second half to defeat North Dakota State (8-7, 2-5 in the NCC), 69-63 in North Central Conference action before 3,473 at the DakotaDome on Saturday night.

Foster had a season high in points as he hit seven of 10 field goals and eight of 11 free throws. He also had four rebounds, four assists and a steal in 34 minutes of action. Steve Anderson added 18 points and 10 rebounds to help the Coyotes come back from a 58-52 second half deficit. Denver TenBroek had 28 points for NDSU, who did not score in the final 1:34.

The Coyotes won their second straight game at home and improved their home mark to 9-1, and 3-1 in NCC games. South Dakota continued its pursuit of 1,000 all-time wins.

The Bison outscored the Coyotes 8-3 in the final minutes of the half to draw even at 34-34. TenBroek's three-pointer as the horn sounded tied the game.

On this night, leads were tenuous and NDSU again charged back in the second half.

In a back and forth game, South Dakota pulled within 58-56 when Foster hit a pair of foul shots at the 6:08 mark. NDSU tied the game at 63-63 when Majkrzak scored for the Bison at the 1:35 mark. However that was the scoring NDSU would do on the night. From that point on, South Dakota made the plays to pull out this game.

Overall, South Dakota hit 21 of 46 field goals for 45.7 percent but they were just four of 15 from three-point range for 26.7 percent. The Coyotes made 23 of 30 free throws for 76.7 percent. Mueller had 12 points, three assists, four rebounds and two steals while J.D. Roberts provided eight points and five rebounds.

The Bison hit 24 of 54 field goals for 44.4 percent, including 11 of 30 from three-point range for 36.7 percent. They made just four of nine free throws.

Next up for South Dakota is a road visit to Morningside on Saturday, Jan. 19. The gametime for the USD-Morningside game is 8 p.m. (25 minutes after the women's game).

The South Dakota men's basketball team (12-3, 4-3 in the NCC), paced by 27 points from freshman guard Josh Mueller, turned back North Dakota (9-5, 4-2 in the NCC) in North Central Conference basketball on Friday night at the DakotaDome.

Mueller hit seven of 21 field goals, including five three-pointers and eight of 10 free throws to go with six rebounds, six assists and seven steals. Senior forward Jimmie Foster added 16 points and eight rebounds while sophomore forward Steve Anderson had 10 points and five rebounds. Foster hit seven of 14 field goals and Anderson was five of six from the field.

In moving their conference mark to 4-3, the Coyotes have now won eight of nine games at home this season and they are 2-1 at home in conference games. South Dakota has now won two of three games and increased their winning streak against North Dakota to six games.

After trading baskets early, the Coyotes opened up a 13-4 lead after Foster hit a three-point basket at the 14:53 mark of the first half. A jumper by senior guard Paul Marshall pushed the Coyotes' lead to 15-4 at the 14:24 mark. Two free throws by Mueller upped the margin to 19-6 at the 12:51 mark.

The Fighting Sioux shot their way back into the game. They outscored South Dakota, 16-4 to cut the lead to 26-24 at the 2:58 mark as junior center Jerome Beasley hit a jumper. The Coyotes answered with a three-pointer by senior forward Scott Hansen for a 29-24 lead with 2:36 to play.

Still, the Fighting Sioux kept charging and cut the lead to 31-28 on a jumper by Jeff Brandt at the 1:44 mark. On their next possession, Brandt struck again, this time from three-point range to tie the game, 31-31, with 1:07 to play in the half. Then, Anderson scored inside the give the Coyotes a 33-31 lead.

The second half belonged to Mueller, who scored 23 of his 27 points after the break. Gradually, the Coyotes built a second half lead. The Coyotes, led by Mueller, took off on a 22-2 run to grab a commanding lead, 71-48 with 6:31 to play. Mueller scored 11 points, including three three-point baskets and a lay-up, while senior forward Eric Hickenbottom had five points during the run. North Dakota cut the lead to 73-60 with 2:09 to play but that was as close as they would get in the second half.

Overall, the Coyotes made 29 of 65 field goals for 44.6 percent, including nine of 25 three-point baskets for 36 percent. They were 11 of 18 from the free throw line. Marshall added seven points and seven rebounds while Hickenbottom had seven points, three rebounds and two steals for South Dakota, which recorded 13 steals on the night. Hansen added six points and seven rebounds. South Dakota freshman center J.D. Roberts had six rebounds.

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