USD basketball team garners 86-73 victory over Northern Colorado

USD basketball team garners 86-73 victory over Northern Colorado The 21st-ranked South Dakota men's basketball team (17-4, 6-4) won its third game in a row with an 86-73 victory over Northern Colorado (9-11, 1-9) in North Central Conference play Feb. 8 in front of 2,076 fans at the DakotaDome.

Senior forward Tommie King led the way for the Coyotes, tying a season high with 35 points on 14-of-16 shooting from the field. King, who ranks second in the NCC with 22.8 points per game, added seven rebounds and knocked down 7-of-11 free throw attempts.

Northern Colorado got off to a quick start, taking a 12-2 lead after six minutes of play. The Bears held a 23-14 advantage with 7:32 to play in the first half, before USD went on a 19-6 run over the next 6:05 to take a 33-29 lead. The Coyotes took a 38-35 advantage into the locker room at halftime.

UNC kept it close early in the second half, grabbing a 45-44 lead with 16:20 to go in the game. South Dakota answered with a 12-2 spurt to go up 56-47 with 11:54 remaining. The Coyotes built their lead up to as high as 19 points, before eventually capturing their sixth consecutive victory over Northern Colorado and improving to 15-1 this season when they score 80 points or more.

Sophomore guard Josh Mueller dished out a season-high 13 assists and tallied his eighth double-double of the season with 13 points. The Hartford native has played the entire 40 minutes in each of the past three games. Sophomore guard Luke Tibbetts, who has played all but two minutes in past three games, also recorded a season high in assists with eight.

Junior forward Doug Hanson had 15 points on the night, with all of his points coming on a season-high five 3-pointers.

Northern Colorado was led in scoring by freshman Vincent Jackson, who had 24 points on 10-of-18 shooting.

For the game, USD shot 58.2 percent from the field (32-of-55), while holding the Bears to 41.7 percent (30-of-72). UNC out-rebounded South Dakota, 38-32.

The Coyotes will take on rival South Dakota State Saturday, Feb. 15, with tipoff at 8 p.m.

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