Coyote men lose 89-74 to North Dakota State

Coyote men lose 89-74 to North Dakota State The 17th-ranked South Dakota men's basketball team (10-6, 0-4) fell to 0-4 in North Central Conference play with a 89-74 loss to North Dakota State (11-6, 4-0) Saturday night at the Bison Sports Arena in Fargo, ND. The Coyotes have now lost five out of their last six games.

USD was led in scoring by senior forward Tommie King, who had 19 points and 10 rebounds.

Junior guard Vincent McGill added 14 points, 12 of which came in the second half. McGill finished 6-of-13 from the field.

Sophomore forward Turner Trofholz had 17 points and nine rebounds.

NDSU took a 42-32 lead into the locker room at halftime thanks to the hot shooting of Ben Nemmers, who connected on 5-of-6 3-pointers in the opening stanza.

Nemmers finished the game with 25 points, including 6-of-9 3-point baskets.

The Bison maintained their 10-point advantage midway through the second half, 61-51, but the Coyotes were able to pull within 4 at 61-57 with 9:19 to play on a 6-0 spurt capped by Steve Anderson lay-up.

North Dakota State was able to push its lead back to 10 points though, outscoring the Coyotes 11-5 over the next four minutes to take a 74-64 advantage. South Dakota would get no closer than 8 points during the final five minutes of play as the Bison improved to 4-0 in NCC play.

For the game, the Coyotes shot 47.8 percent from the field (28-of-59), while the Bison were 50.0 percent from the floor (33-of-66), including 8-of-15 3-pointers (53.3 percent). NDSU out-rebounded South Dakota, 39-34.

USD returns from its four-game road swing Friday, Jan. 23, against Minnesota State starting at 8 p.m. at the DakotaDome.

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