USD defeats Minnesota State-Mankato

USD defeats Minnesota State-Mankato The 21st-ranked South Dakota men's basketball team (18-4, 7-4) extended its win streak to four with a 94-83 victory over Minnesota State-Mankato (14-9, 5-7) Feb. 13 in front of 1,847 fans at the DakotaDome.

USD knocked down a season-high 15 3-point field goals on 28 attempts (53.6 percent), while shooting 58.9 percent from the floor (33-of-56).

All five Coyote starters scored in double figures, while senior forward Tommie King led USD with 25 points and seven rebounds. King, who is second in the NCC in scoring, connected on 10-of-15 shots from the field for 66.7 percent. For the season, the Seattle, WA product is averaging 22.5 points on 60.1 percent shooting from the floor (199-of-331).

South Dakota took control of the game early, jumping out to a 28-16 lead midway through the first half, before eventually upping the margin to 23 points at 50-27 with 3:37 left in the first half. The Mavericks closed out the half on a 10-2 run, cutting the Coyote advantage to 15 points at halftime, 52-37.

MSU stayed within striking distance for much of the second half, but could get no closer than 10 points. USD maintained a double-digit lead from the 10-minute mark of the first half until the end of the game, picking up its fourth win in a row over the Mavericks.

Sophomore guard Josh Mueller tallied his second consecutive double-double and ninth of the season with 19 points and a season-high 14 assists.

Mueller, a native of Hartford, moved into fourth on the USD single-season assist chart with 187 this season. He trails the single-season record of 216 set by Nate Tibbetts in 1997-98 by just 29 with five regular season games remaining.

Junior guard Doug Hanson connected on a season-high six 3-pointers on eight attempts to score 18 points. Hanson, the league leader in 3-point shooting, is 11-of-14 from beyond the arc in the last two games.

Sophomore guard Luke Tibbetts added a season-high 13 points, while junior forward Derek Paben had a solid all-around game with 19 points, six rebounds and five assists.

The Mavericks, who shot 50.8 percent from the floor, were led in scoring by forward Jermaine Brown, who had 25 points on 10-of-17 shooting.

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