USD men fall short at Augustana, 63-61

USD men fall short at Augustana, 63-61 The fifth-ranked South Dakota men's basketball team (10-4, 0-2) dropped its second consecutive game with a 63-61 loss at Augustana (5-10, 1-1) Saturday night, Jan. 10 in front of 3,514 fans at the Elmen Center in Sioux Falls.

Senior Tommie King, who scored a game-high 25 points, had a last second three-pointer rim out as the Coyotes fell to 0-2 in North Central Conference


With 2:39 to play, the Vikings' Jon Wagner put Augustana up by one at 57-56, but junior guard Josh Mueller responded with a bucket to put the Coyotes back up by a point, 58-57. Augie responded though with a three-pointer from Rod Henry to take a two-point, 60-58 advantage with 1:45 on the clock.

After sophomore forward Turner Trofholz cut the Viking lead back to one, Justin Van Meeteren hit a foul shot to push the Augie lead back to two, 61-59, at the 1:09 mark.

With 44 seconds on the clock, Mueller drew a foul on Henry and connected on both of his free throws to tie the game up at 61-61.

Augie's Chris Harris baseline drive and bucket with 13 seconds to go put the Vikings up for good at 63-61 as King's three-pointer from the left corner as time expired wouldn't go down.

Harris finished the night with 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting and pulled down seven rebounds.

Mueller, of Hartford, had a solid all-around night for the Coyotes with 18 points, seven assists, five rebounds and four steals.

Trofholz was USD's third player in double figures with 13 points and seven rebounds.

For the game, South Dakota went 0-for-14 from beyond the three-point line, which was a season low. In comparison, Augustana hit 56.3 percent from downtown (9-of-16). From the field, USD was 20-of-50 (40.0 percent), while the Vikings were 22-of-49 (44.9 percent).

The Coyotes got off to a quick start in the first half, grabbing a 10-0 lead on a free throw by Trofholz with 15:32 on the clock. A pair of free throws from King pushed the USD lead back to 10 at 24-14 at the 6:04 mark, but the Vikings put together an 11-0 run over the next three minutes to grab a 25-24 lead with 3:11 to play.

Augie pushed its lead to four at 31-27 at the 1:30 mark on a Dave Medema three-pointer, but South Dakota outscored the Vikings 7-2 over the final 90 seconds of the half to take a 34-33 lead into the locker room.

After a Trofholz bucket put USD up three at 36-33 to open the half, Augie outscored the Coyotes 9-0 during the next three minutes to take a 42-36 lead. The Vikings maintained the six-point lead at 46-40 with 13:31 to play, before a 14-3 spurt put South Dakota up five at 54-49 heading into the final

minutes of the game.

The Coyotes will look to get back on track Friday, Jan. 16, as they travel to Grand Forks, ND, for an 8 p.m. matchup with North Dakota.

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