Coyotes drop 92-79 decision to Jackrabbits

Coyotes drop 92-79 decision to Jackrabbits South Dakota's Josh Mueller attempts to get past a SDSU defender during basketball action in Brookings Friday. Mueller scored 16 points and had 11 assists. (Photo courtesy of Jon Benedict/Volante) The fifth-ranked South Dakota men's basketball team (10-3, 0-1) dropped a 92-79 decision to third-ranked and undefeated South Dakota State (17-0, 1-0) Friday night in front of 8,489 fans at Frost Arena in Brookings.

The Coyotes were unable to overcome the 3-point shooting of SDSU as the Jacks tied a school record with 14 3-point field goals on 26 attempts (53.8 percent).

South Dakota was led offensively by senior forward Tommie King (Seattle, WA), who had 21 points on 9-of-16 shooting.

Junior guard Josh Mueller and sophomore forward Turner Trofholz each recorded double doubles for USD. Mueller (Hartford) had 16 points and 11 assists, while Trofholz had 17 points and 12 rebounds.

Senior Derek Paben had 12 points, four assists, three rebounds and two steals in 39 minutes of action.

The Coyotes got off to a quick start, taking an 11-3 lead two and half minutes into the game. SDSU answered with an 11-3 run of its own over the next four minutes to tie the game at 14-14 with 13:44 on the clock.

Both teams stayed even until the 4:57 mark, playing to a 30-30 tie, but the Jacks would close out the half on a 9-2 run to take a 39-32 lead into the locker room.

South Dakota State pushed its lead to 11 at 43-32 early in the second half, but the Coyotes responded with 7 straight points in less than a minute to pull within 4 at 43-39 with 18:10 on the clock.

The Coyotes were down by only 3 with 13:47 to play at 51-48, before SDSU went on an 8-1 run over the next 90 seconds to take a 10-point 59-49 lead.

USD cut the Jackrabbit lead to 6 at 63-57, but 5 straight points by South Dakota State pushed its lead back to double digits at 68-57 with nine minutes to play. The Coyotes could get no closer than 7 points over the final nine minutes as SDSU went on to win its 27th-consecutive game in Frost Arena.

South Dakota State was led in scoring by Derrick Schantz, who scored 21 of his game-high 26 points in the first half. Schantz was 5-of-6 from beyond the 3-point line.

For the game, SDSU shot 51.5 percent from the floor on 34-of-66 shooting. The Coyotes were 48.5 percent from the floor (33-of-68) for the game, including a 62.5 percentage in the second half (20-of-32). At the foul line, South Dakota hit just 5-of-15 from the charity stripe, while the Jacks were 10-of-14 (71.4 percent).

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