South Dakota rolls past Minnesota State-Mankato On Senior/Parent's night, three South Dakota seniors led South Dakota men's basketball team (19-6, 11-6 in the NCC) to a 94-53 North Central Conference win over Minnesota State-Mankato (9-16, 5-12 in the NCC) on Friday at the DakotaDome before 3,022 in attendance.
South Dakota honored its seniors and parents during festivities prior to the game. The win helped South Dakota maintain a tie for third place in the NCC with St. Cloud (19-6, 11-6 in the NCC) and North Dakota (16-9, 11-6 in the NCC).
For the Coyotes, the play of its seniors was the difference against MSU. Senior shooting guard Paul Marshall opened the game with a pair of three-point plays and had 19 points, including seven three-pointers.
He now has 133 career three-point baskets, which places him sixth on the Coyotes' career list. Senior forward Eric Hickenbottom, who is usually the first Coyote off the bench, started on Senior Night and had a team-high 20 points to go with five rebounds and four assists.
Senior forward Jimmie Foster had 11 points for South Dakota. Senior Scott Hansen also had big contributions on Friday night with 10 rebounds and six points. Aside from the play of its seniors, South Dakota received significant contributions from its two freshman guards. Point guard Josh Mueller just missed a double double with 15 points and nine Mueller now has 169 assists, which is the sixth best assist total in a season in school history. Freshman guard Luke Tibbetts had six points, four assists, three steals and a career high seven rebounds.
For the game, South Dakota hit 36 of 72 field goals for 50 percent, including 16 of 28 three-point field goals. The Coyotes won the rebound battle 45-38. South Dakota converted six of nine free throws for 66.7
The Mavericks received 14 points from Jay Larson and 13 points from Drew Carlson.