Mavericks go down 85-70 to Coyote men Led by an all-around effort from freshman forward Turner Trofholz, the 21st-ranked South Dakota men's basketball team (16-4, 5-4) defeated Nebraska-Omaha (15-6, 5-5), 85-70, Feb. 6 in front of 2,002 fans at the DakotaDome.
Trofholz, who played 29 minutes off the bench, turned in season highs in both points (14) and rebounds (15), helping the Coyotes to out-rebound UNO, 46-32.
The Schuyler, NE, native, who had eight of his 15 rebounds on the offensive end, also had a big impact defensively, holding UNO's 6-9 senior center Adam Wetzel to just 3 points and two rebounds. Wetzel entered Thursday night's game averaging 15.5 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.
The Mavericks kept the game close in the first half, trailing 30-26 with 6:56 to go, before the Coyotes put together an 11-3 spurt over the next 2:20 to take a 41-29 lead with 3:36 to play in the opening stanza. South Dakota took a 47-37 advantage into the locker room at halftime.
In the second half, the Mavs cut the Coyote lead to 9 with 17:47 on the clock, before Trofholz capped a 17-6 run over the next 8:01 with his seventh 3-pointer of the season, giving the Coyotes a 67-47 lead with 9:46 to play.
UNO junior guard Ty Graham brought the Mavs back within 11 points at 74-63 by knocking down four 3-pointers over the next three minutes. The Coyotes pushed their lead back up to 17 points with under three minutes to play, before posting their largest margin of victory in a conference game this season.
Sophomore guard Josh Mueller, Hartford, who played all 40 minutes, scored 23 points on 7-of-16 shooting, while dishing out eight assists and grabbing seven rebounds. Senior forward Tommie King, Seattle, WA, put together a 21-point and eight-rebound performance.
For the game, USD shot 51.6 percent from the field (32-of-62), while holding the Mavs to just 35.0 percent on 21-of-60 shooting. From beyond the 3-point arc, the Coyotes knocked down 6-of-23 attempts (26.1 percent) compared to an 11-of-26 showing from Nebraska-Omaha.
UNO freshman forward Ryan Curtis posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Graham led the Mavs in scoring with 15.