USD men drop 85-75 decision to SDSU

USD men drop 85-75 decision to SDSU The South Dakota men's basketball team (10-2, 2-2 in the NCC) suffered through a tough shooting night and dropped an 85-75 decision to in-state rival South Dakota State (10-2, 4-0 in the NCC) in North Central Conference action Dec. 30 at the DakotaDome.

South Dakota struggled from the field, hitting just 35.7 percent (25-70) of their field goal attempts. The Coyotes hit just eight of 28 3-point shots for 28.6 percent although they did make 17 of 19 free throws for 89.5 percent.

While South Dakota struggled from the field, SDSU hit 26 of 53 field goals for 49.1 percent and made eight of 19 3-point shots for 42.1 percent and 25 of 33 free throws for 75.8 percent.

The loss snapped a five-game winning streak by South Dakota, which dropped its fourth straight decision to SDSU.

In the opening half, Paul Marshall kept the Coyotes close with 17 points by making six of 11 shots from the field, including three of five from 3-point range. However, South Dakota struggled shooting overall as a team, making just 31.3 percent (10-32) of their field goal attempts. They were only six of 16 from 3-point range.

SDSU was 12 of 29 from the field for 41.4 percent in the first half. They hit five of 10 3-point field goals. Austin Hansen had 9 points while Andy Cone and Matt Jones had 7 to lead SDSU.

While they improved their shooting, the Coyotes hit just 15 of 38-second half field goals for 39.5 percent and that limited their ability to come back from a double digit deficit.

Aside from Marshall, two other Coyotes reached double figures. Josh Mueller had 18 points and five rebounds while Jimmie Foster had 10 points, four steals, three rebounds and two assists. Steve Anderson added 9 points and seven rebounds while Hansen finished with 8 points.

SDSU had six players in double figures. Besides Hansen, Jones had 18 points and 13 rebounds while Derrick Schantz tallied 15 points. Cone, Andy Moeller and Chris Stoebner each scored 10 points. Cone also had 12 rebounds for SDSU, which won the rebound battle, 44-34.

South Dakota will travel to Northern Colorado and Nebraska-Omaha this weekend for a pair of NCC contests.

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