Turnovers haunt Coyotes in 87-80 loss to NDSU

Turnovers haunt Coyotes in 87-80 loss to NDSU The 17th-ranked South Dakota men's basketball team (19-6, 8-6) dropped its second game in a row with a 87-80 loss to North Dakota State (18-8, 9-5) Feb. 22 in front of 2,357 fans at the DakotaDome.

The Bison scored 26 points off of USD's 17 turnovers, while NDSU turned the ball over just five times.

Senior forward Tommie King had 30 points for the Coyotes, marking the fifth time this season he has scored 30 points or more.

Sophomore guard Josh Mueller tallied his 10th double-double of the season with 14 points and 11 assists. He needs just three more assists to take over the school single-season record, which is held by Nate Tibbetts, who handed out 216 assists in the 1997-98 season.

South Dakota controlled the first half, taking a 42-32 lead into the locker room at halftime. The Coyotes shot 60.0 percent from the field (18-of-30) in the opening frame, while holding North Dakota State to just 33.3 percent shooting (12-of-36).

NDSU crept back into the game early in the second half behind a 13-4 run capped by a CoCo Cofield lay-up that gave the Bison a 52-51 lead with 14:43 to go. NDSU increased its lead to 6 (64-58) with seven minutes to go after a dunk by Shawn Gabbert.

The Coyotes pulled back to within 3 points at 76-73 with 2:01 left on the clock, but North Dakota State outscored USD 6-1 over the next minute to put the game out of reach at 82-74.

The Bison shot 61.3 percent from the floor in the second half (19-of-31), led by junior guard Ben Nemmers, who scored 14 of his 19 points in the

second half. For the game, Nemmers connected on 5-of-7 3-pointers.

NDSU was led in scoring by senior forward Denver TenBroek, who had 23 points and pulled down 12 rebounds.

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