King, McGill pace Coyotes to win USD�s Josh Mueller winces as he loses control of the basketball after being fouled by a Minnesota State defender during Friday�s men�s basketball action in the DakotaDome. Mueller had to sit out nearly all of the first half after getting into foul trouble. The South Dakota men's basketball team (11-6, 1-4 NCC) snapped a four-game losing streak with a 95-86 victory over Minnesota State (14-4, 3-2 NCC) Friday night in front of 3,207 fans at the DakotaDome.
Senior forward Tommie King (Seattle, WA) scored a season-high 32 points to lead the Coyotes on 14-of-28 shooting from the field.
Junior guard Vincent McGill had 24 points, including five first-half 3-pointers. The Paterson, NJ, native was 5-of-10 from the 3-point line and 9-of-10 from the charity stripe.
Minnesota State jumped out to an early 9-4 advantage at the 17:50 mark, but the Coyotes responded with a 17-2 run over the next six minutes to take a 21-11 lead. Despite junior guard Josh Mueller (Hartford) playing just the first 51 seconds of the first half after picking up two quick fouls, South Dakota took a 45-31 lead into the locker room at halftime.
With 14:54 to play in the game, a King jumper put USD up 54-42, but Minnesota State pulled back to within four, 59-55, with a 13-5 run over the next four minutes.
The two teams traded baskets over the next seven possessions, as the Mavericks could get no closer than four. USD pulled away with a 10-3 run to take a 75-64 lead and go onto the victory.
South Dakota, which permitted a season-low five turnovers, shot 50.0 percent from the field (32-of-64) and 44.4 percent from the 3-point line (8-of-18). The Mavericks shot just 40.3 percent from the floor (29-of-72), but hit 46.4 percent of their 3-pointers (13-of-28).
Junior forward Steve Anderson (Rapid City) had his sixth double-figure rebound game of the season with 10 rebounds to go along with 7 points. Sophomore forward Turner Trofholz (Schuyler, NE) added 9 points and seven rebounds.
MSU had four players in double figures led by Luke Anderson, who had 23 points and five rebounds. Jamel Staten added 20 points and six boards for Minnesota State.