UND records 87-75 decision over Coyotes

UND records 87-75 decision over Coyotes Blistering shooting from the perimeter helped North Dakota (14-8, 9-5 in the NCC) end a four-year home-losing streak against the South Dakota Coyotes (17-6, 9-6 in the NCC) on Saturday night at Hyslop Arena in Grand Forks, ND.

North Dakota recorded an 87-75 win over the Coyotes before 3,493 in attendance.

UND hit 20 of 32 shots for 62.5 percent in the first half, including seven of eight from three-point range, to grab a 51-32 lead and then held off several Coyote charges in the second half.

Jeff Brandt had 32 points, including seven of 12 from beyond the arc to lead the Sioux, who defeated the Coyotes for the first time in Grand Forks since the 1997-98 season.

South Dakota had defeated UND six straight times. South Dakota hit 12 of 27 field goals for 44.4 percent in the opening half. They were four of 11 from

three-point range and four of six from the free throw line. The Coyotes improved their shooting in the second half by making 17 of 32 field goals for 53.1 percent, including five of 11 from the three-point arc.

The Sioux also received 28 points and 10 rebounds from Jerome Beasley, who hit 12 of 19 shots from the floor.

South Dakota, which hit 29 of 59 shots for 49.2 percent, were led by Paul Marshall who had 23 points. With five of 11 from beyond the arc, Marshall passed Loren DeKruyf (1991-95) in eighth place on the all-time South Dakota three-point chart.

Marshall hit nine of 18 field goals and also had four rebounds and three assists. Freshman point guard Josh Mueller had his third double double of the season with 15 points and 10 assists. It is the second time this year he has recorded 10 assists and third time he has reached double figures in assists.

Senior forward Eric Hickenbottom who had a career high 21 points last night, had 10 points on Feb. 9. South Dakota senior forward Jimmie Foster and freshman forward J.D. Roberts both had nine points and six rebounds. Roberts hit his first three-point basket of the season.

The Coyotes hit nine of 22 from three-point range and eight of 12 from the free throw line. But it was the Sioux who had their shooting shoes on by making 10 of 17 three-pointers for the game.

The Coyotes jumped to a 9-6 lead after a lay-up by Steve Anderson who finished with four points and nine rebounds. The Sioux responded with an 11-0 run as Beasley scored nine points.

Brandt hit a three-pointer to give the Sioux a 23-12 lead. After Foster scored inside to cut the lead to 28-19 at the 7:49 mark, the Sioux opened up a 33-19 lead after Brandt again hit a three-pointer at the 6:42 mark.

The Coyotes drew within 37-29 at the 4:36 mark when Marshall connected from beyond the three-point arc. But, the Sioux continued their offensive flurry by closing the half on a 14-3 run as Brandt had two three-pointers and Mike Johnson and Mario Porter also connected from long distance. Marshall led USD with nine points in the opening half while Brandt had 19 and Beasley had 17 for the Sioux.

South Dakota outscored the Sioux, 43-36, in the second half but couldn't cut the lead to single digits.

Early in the second half, a dunk by Beasley gave UND a 60-39 lead at the 16:55 mark. Three consecutive three-pointers (Paul Marshall, two, and Scott Hansen) pulled South Dakota within 70-59. However, the Coyotes were unable to close the gap.

Mueller cut the lead to 11 at

72-61 with a driving lay-up. Brandt hit another three-pointer at the 4:52 mark to give the Sioux a 83-65 lead. South Dakota closed the gap to 12 points by scoring six of the last eight points of the game.

Next up for the Coyotes is Morningside at the DakotaDome at 8 p.m. on Saturday night. The Coyotes close the season with three in a row at home.

After Morningside, the Coyotes will host St. Cloud State and Mankato.

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