Coyote men fall to North Dakota 88-73 The 17th-ranked South Dakota men's basketball team (19-5, 8-5) had its five-game winning streak snapped with an 88-73 loss to North Dakota Feb. 20 in front of 3,017 fans at Hyslop Arena in Grand Forks, ND.
UND's 6-10 senior center Jerome Beasley controlled the game with 33 points and 10 rebounds, for his conference leading 11th double-double of the season. He was 9-of-15 from the floor (60 percent) and converted on 13-of-14 free-throw attempts.
Junior forward Derek Paben, Pickrell, NE, led the Coyotes with 22 points. He connected on 6-of-16 3-pointers and hit 4-of-4 from the charity stripe.
North Dakota jumped out to a 9-point, 26-17, lead in the first half, but the Coyotes responded with a 17-4 run to take a 34-30 lead with 3:31 to go in the first half.
UND tied it up at 38-38 with an 8-4 run before a 3-pointer by Evan Lindahl put North Dakota up 41-38 at halftime, a lead it would not relinquish.
With just nine made field goals in the second half (9-of-26), the Coyotes fell behind by as many 18, as Beasley scored 21 of his 33 points in the second half to lead North Dakota to the win (18-7, 9-5).
Senior forward Tommie King had 15 points and 11 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season. Junior forward Doug Hanson added 15 points, while sophomore guard Josh Mueller scored 10 points and handed out eight assists playing on a severely sprained right ankle.
For the game, the Coyotes shot 42.9 percent from the field (24-of-56), while UND hit on 50.9 percent of its shots from the floor (29-of-57). South Dakota heaved up 30 3-point attempts, knocking down 11 of them for 36.7 percent. At the foul line, USD connected on 14-of-18 attempts (77.8 percent). North Dakota won the battle of the boards, 34-31.