Foster lifts USD to 67-63 win over Northern Colorado

Foster lifts USD to 67-63 win over Northern Colorado Senior forward Jimmie Foster hit a pair of free throws with four seconds left in the game to lift South Dakota men's basketball team (11-2, 3-2 in the NCC) to a 67-63 win over Northern Colorado (6-6, 1-3 in the NCC) on Jan. 4 in Greeley, CO, before 706 in attendance. The win was the Coyotes' 500th North Central Conference win.

Foster, who was a first-team all NCC performer in 2000-01, had a breakout game for South Dakota by scoring a season high 19 points. Foster hit seven of nine field goals and five of five free throws against Northern Colorado. He also had six rebounds and a blocked shot in his best performance of the season.

Joining Foster in double figures was freshman point guard Josh Mueller who had 16 points, five assists and three steals in 34 minutes of action. Senior forward Scott Hansen added 12 points as he hit four of six three-pointers to help South Dakota win its 11th game on the season and move to 3-2 in the NCC.

A key difference in the game was the Coyotes' ability to take advantage of opportunities off turnovers and convert free throws. The Coyotes outscored UNC 23-12, in the points off turnovers category. South Dakota made 13 of 13 from the free throw line on the night.

South Dakota continued their solid shooting by making 11 of 20 field goals in the second half for 55 percent and hitting all 10 of their free throws. Overall South Dakota made 24 of 43 field goals for 55.8 percent. The Coyotes made six of 16 three-point field goals. The Coyotes had 19 turnovers, seven blocked shots and 10 steals. Anderson led South Dakota with seven rebounds and four blocked shots.

UNC hit 24 of 66 field goals for 36.4 percent but were just five of 24 from three-point range for 20.8 percent. They made 10 of 15 free throws for 66.7 percent. Three Bears scored in double figures with Jackson leading the way with 19 points and grabbing a game-high 15 rebounds. He also had five steals, and two blocked shots in a stellar performance. Morse added 13 points and nine rebounds and Austin had 12 points. UNC won the rebound battle, 38-25. UNC committed 15 turnovers, recorded nine steals and had two blocked shots.

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