Coyote men fall 78-70 at MSU, Mankato

Coyote men fall 78-70 at MSU, Mankato The South Dakota men's basketball team (19-8, 8-8) lost its fourth game in a row with a 78-70 setback to Minnesota State, Mankato March 1 in front of 2,581 fans at Bresnan Arena in Mankato, MN.

Senior forward Tommie King led the Coyotes in scoring with 26 points. The Seattle, WA, native pulled down seven rebounds and was 12-of-14 from the free-throw line.

The Mavericks were paced on senior night by senior forward Jermaine Brown, who scored 26 points, 15 of which came in the second half. MSU forward Josh Ziemke posted a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Minnesota State capitalized on USD's poor first-half shooting to take a 37-25 lead into the locker room at halftime. The Coyotes hit just 7-of-23 shots from the field in the opening frame for 30.4 percent.

MSU led by as many as 17 in the second half and held a 58-42 advantage with 10:41 to play in the game. South Dakota pulled to within 8 points, 60-52, with a 10-2 run over the next two minutes. The Coyotes were able to cut the Maverick lead to 4 points (70-66) on a King jumper with 2:30 on the clock, but Mankato staved off USD with a lay-up by Nick Ellenberger and six free throws to hold on for the win.

Sophomore guard Josh Mueller turned in another hard-nosed performance, playing on a severely sprained right ankle, with 16 points, five assists and four rebounds.

As a team, the Coyotes shot 40.7 percent from the field for the game (22-of-54), compared to 50.0 percent shooting from the Mavericks (25-of-50). Minnesota State out-rebounded South Dakota, 36-25.

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