USD men drop 110-101 OT decision to UMD

USD men drop 110-101 OT decision to UMD The fifth-ranked South Dakota men's basketball team (9-2) dropped a 110-101 overtime thriller to Minnesota-Duluth (7-4) in nonconference action at the Augustana Basketball Classic on Sunday in Sioux Falls.

Minnesota-Duluth's Dusty Decker hit a 3-point field goal with five seconds left to tie the game and then the Bulldogs outscored South Dakota, 15-6 in overtime to grab the win.

USD was led by All-American Tommie King (Seattle, WA), who had 26 points and five rebounds. Junior guard Josh Mueller (Hartford) added 21 points and seven assists. Junior guard Vincent McGill (Paterson, NJ) had 17 points and senior forward Doug Hansen (Meckling) added 16 points. Steve Anderson had a season-high 14 rebounds and also scored 6 points.

South Dakota made 44.6 percent from the field (33-of-74), including 31.3 percent from 3-point range (10-of-32). USD made 86.2 percent from the foul line (25-of-29).

In a back and forth first half, USD opened a 16-11 lead at the 12:13 mark before the Bulldogs rallied. UMD went on a 21-10 run and grabbed a 32-26 lead with 5:09 after a Decker 3-point shot. The Bulldogs maintained the advantage and led 46-40 at halftime.

South Dakota came out hot in the second half with a 10-2 run to grab a 50-48 lead with 17:02 after a free throw by Steve Anderson. For the next eight minutes, both teams traded leads until the Coyotes gained control. The Coyotes opened an 80-69 lead at the 5:31 mark after a lay-up by Mueller. At the 4:54 mark, McGill's 3-pointer provided the Coyotes with an 83-71 lead.

However, UMD chipped away, cutting USD's lead to 87-84 with 1:56 to play. USD regained a 5-point lead with 37 seconds left when McGill scored inside. Two foul shots and a lay-up by UMD's Matt Williams cut the lead to 93-92 with 17 seconds to play. McGill hit a pair of foul shots with 14 seconds left but then Decker knocked home a deep 3-pointer to send the game into overtime. UMD controlled overtime, receiving a pair of 3-pointers from Decker and the Coyotes were unable to rally.

Next for South Dakota is an 8 p.m. game with Dana College on Saturday, Jan. 3 at the DakotaDome.

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