Regal effort by King leads to USD win

Regal effort by King leads to USD win The University of South Dakota men's basketball team (4-0), led by a second straight double double from Tommie King, overcame a 10-point second half deficit and defeated Northern State, 95-87, in overtime at the DakotaDome Saturday night.

South Dakota, which improved the overall series record with Northern State to 9-2, won their fourth straight as a number of players stepped up with solid performances.

King had a career-high 29 points and 11 rebounds to go with two assists and two steals. King hit 11 of 18 field goals and six of eight free throws while also knocking down his first 3-point basket of the season.

Sophomore guard Zach Fortune also had a career high 28 points, six assists and four rebounds. Junior forward Derek Paben added 16 points, four rebounds, a block and was 8-8 from the foul line. Josh Mueller had his second double double of the season, totaling 10 points and 10 assists to go with two steals.

Overall, South Dakota hit 30 of 64 field goals for 46.9 percent, including 10 of 29 from 3-point range. USD was 25 of 31 from the foul line.

Northern State (3-3) got a big performance from Sundance Wicks, who had 28 points and 11 rebounds. He hit six of 10 from the 3-point arc.

Aaron Busack had 14 points, Dustin Hjelmeland had 12 points and Nick Schroeder had 10. Jared Obering had 8 points and eight assists. The Wolves hit 33 of 70 field goals for 47.1 percent, including 12 of 32 from beyond the 3-point arc. They were nine of 12 from the foul line. NSU won the rebound battle, 38-37.

South Dakota opened up a quick 7-0 lead behind the play of King, who had 5 points in the opening two minutes of the game. The Coyotes extended the lead to 10-2 when Fortune hit from deep. The Wolves responded with a 8-2 run to pull within 12-10 at the 14:58 mark. After the two teams were tied at 15, Fortune gave the Coyotes a lead with a 3-pointer at the 13:15 mark. A dunk by Doug Hanson gave South Dakota a 26-21 lead.

Northern State closed the gap to 26-25 on a basket by Busack at the 8:52 mark. A steal and lay-up by Mueller gave USD a 34-29 lead at the 3:37 mark.

The Coyotes maintained the 5-point lead when King scored inside with two seconds to play in the half. The Coyotes hit 17 of 32 field goals for 53.1 percent but hit just four of 13 3-point field goals. South Dakota made both of their free throws. King had 13 points and four rebounds.

The Wolves made 15 of 31 field goals for 48.4 percent, including four of 12 from 3-point range. They hit one of two free throws. Wicks had 8 points and four rebounds while Schroeder had 7 points in the opening half.

NSU owned the early portions of the second half, outscoring the Coyotes 21-6 in the first seven minutes of the half to grab a 56-46 lead at the

13:24 mark. South Dakota pulled within 60-57 on a 3-pointer by Paben at the 9:48 mark. The Coyotes eventually tied the game at 71-71 at the 4:22 mark when Mueller hit a 3-pointer. Two free throws by Luke Tibbetts gave the Coyotes the lead at 73-71 with 3:29 to play.

Neither team could manage much offense in the final minutes, until Obering hit a pair of free throws to notch the game at 73-73 with 1:33 left to play.

Another 3-point basket by Mueller gave the Coyotes a 76-73 lead with 4:36 to play in overtime. The Coyotes never trailed again. USD moved ahead 87-79 with :57 seconds to play.

However, NSU made it interesting, hitting consecutive 3-pointers (Wicks, Obering) to draw with 87-85 with :39 seconds to play. The Coyotes made eight straight free throws to clinch the win.

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