North Dakota defeats Coyote men 70-62

North Dakota defeats Coyote men 70-62 The 17th-ranked South Dakota men's basketball team (10-5, 0-3) fell to North Dakota 70-62 Friday night at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, ND. The loss was USD's third in a row and fourth in its

last five games.

South Dakota was led in scoring by senior forward Derek Paben, who had 17 points. The Pickrell, NE, native hit 3-of-9 3-pointers in 27 minutes of action off the bench.

Senior forward Tommie King (Seattle, WA) added 14 points, four rebounds and four steals. Junior guard Josh Mueller (Hartford) had 10 points, seven assists, four rebounds and three steals.

Midway through the first half of play, the Coyotes fell behind by as many as 13 points, 23-10, with 10:38 on the clock. Evan Lindahl keyed North Dakota's hot start, finishing the opening stanza with 17 points, including connecting on 3-of-4 from the 3-point line.

UND shot 60.0 percent from the field in the first half (15-of-25), while the Coyotes hit 50.0 percent from the floor (14-of-28).

South Dakota pulled to within 6 going into the halftime break though, thanks to a 3-pointer at the buzzer by Paben, who had 12 points in 11 minutes of action off the bench in the first half.

After North Dakota pushed its lead back to 9 points early in the second half at 49-40, an 11-0 run by the Coyotes over then next five minutes, capped by a King jumper, gave USD a 51-49 advantage with 8:15 on the clock.

The lead was South Dakota's first since a 4-3 advantage less than a minute into the game.

Following a pair of free throws by Steve Anderson tied the game up at 56-56 with 4:43 to play, North Dakota took control of the contest by connecting on consecutive 3-pointers to take a 6-point 62-56 lead with under four minutes to play.

With one minute remaining, UND hit the front end of a one-and-one to take a 63-56 lead, but junior guard Vincent McGill nailed a 3-pointer with 48 seconds to play to cut the North Dakota advantage to four, 63-59. UND hit 7-of-8 free throws down the stretch to hold on for the 70-62 win.

Lindahl led North Dakota in scoring with 26 points and 16 rebounds, while Mike Johnson added 14 points and 11 boards.

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