South Dakota rolls past Bellevue 88-67 in Dome

South Dakota rolls past Bellevue 88-67 in Dome A school record performance from the foul line and solid shooting from the field were the key factors in South Dakota's 88-67 win over Bellevue in nonconference men's basketball Dec. 8 in the DakotaDome.

As a team, South Dakota (5-0) hit 21 straight free throws to break the mark set by the 1986 team vs. North Dakota (Jan. 9). Overall, South Dakota has now hit 33 straight free throws as a team, also a school record. From the field, South Dakota hit 27 of 50 field goals for 54 percent. USD also was 13 of 24 from 3-point range for 54.2 percent. The Coyotes won the rebound battle, 37-26.

South Dakota has now won 66 straight home nonconference games.

Individually, senior forward Tommie King, Seattle, WA, who had just 2 points at halftime, hit seven of 11 field goals and 12 straight free throws to finish with 26 points. King also led the Coyotes with eight rebounds. Meanwhile Derek Paben, Pickrell, NE, had 14 of his 19 points in the opening 20 minutes of action. Paben hit six of nine field goals, including four of seven from 3-point range.

He also recorded five rebounds, four blocks and two steals. Junior guard Zach Fortune, Bellevue, NE, chipped in with 16 points and Doug Hanson, Meckling, had 10. Sophomore guard Josh Mueller, Hartford, had 6 points and eight assists.

Bellevue (12-3) hit 21 of 56 field goals for 37.5 percent. They were three of 10 from 3-point range and 22 of 33 from the foul line. Luther Hall led the Bruins with 15 points while T.J. Flanagan had 13 points and five rebounds. Brent Heller added 11 points.

Paben hit four of six field goals and three of five from the 3-point line to lead the Coyotes to a 41-32 lead at halftime. USD made 11 of 24 field goals, including eight of 14 from the 3-point arc. The Coyotes were 11 of 11 from the free throw line.

In the first half, Bellevue got 9 points from T.J. Flanigan and 8 from Luther Hall. Overall the Bruins hit eight of 25 field goals for 32 percent. Bellevue hit two of seven 3-point field goals and they hit 14 of 21 field goals.

USD jumped to an 11-5 lead at the 15:36 mark after Paben hit a 3-pointer. Bellevue cut the lead to 14-13 when Flanagan scored inside at the 10:51 mark. The Bruins grabbed a 26-22 lead at the 7:08 mark when Seth Snedigar scored on a jumper. The Coyotes went on a 10-2 run to grab a 36-28 lead on a pair of free throws by Tibbetts at the 2:56 mark. The Coyotes never trailed again.

After Bellevue pulled within 43-37 with 17:37 to play, the Coyotes took control of the game. USD moved to a 50-39 lead at the 16:13 mark when Fortune canned a 3-pointer. Then, Hanson hit consecutive three pointers to give USD a 69-54 lead with 8:06 left in the game. Later, consecutive baskets by King upped the advantage to 86-63 with 3:47 left in the game.

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