Coyote men defeat North Dakota State

Coyote men defeat North Dakota State The South Dakota men's basketball team (17-7, 6-5 NCC) picked up a 105-96 victory over North Dakota State (14-10, 7-4 NCC) Friday night in front of 3,407 fans at the DakotaDome.

The Coyotes, who led by as many as 23 points in the second half, were paced by the play of junior guard Josh Mueller. Mueller had 30 points, 23 of which came in the first half, to go along with nine assists and seven rebounds.

The Hartford native hit 9-of-15 shots from the field, including 4-of-6 3-point field goals.

Senior forward Tommie King also turned in an outstanding offensive performance with 27 points and five rebounds. King, a native of Seattle, WA, was 11-of-20 from the field.

South Dakota got off to a quick start to open the game, taking a 22-9 lead six minutes into the first half. USD built its first-half lead to as many as 19 points at 54-35, before North Dakota State outscored the Coyotes 16-5 to close out the half, cutting the Coyote lead to 8 at 59-51.

In the second half, South Dakota quickly regained control of the game with an 18-6 run over the first four and a half minutes of the half to take a 77-57 lead. USD led by 19 points, 105-86, with 1:39 to play in the game, before NDSU scored the game's final 10 points.

Senior forward Derek Paben (Pickrell, NE) added 16 points and four assists, while sophomore forward Turner Trofholz (Schuyler, NE) had 15 points and four rebounds. Redshirt freshman Brock Seim was the fifth Coyote in double figures, scoring 10 points to go along with five rebounds in 22 minutes of action.

As a team, South Dakota shot 52.4 percent from the field (33-of-63), including 9-of-22 3-pointers (40.9 percent). USD, which was outrebounded 38-33, hit 30-of-39 free throws (76.7 percent). North Dakota State shot 47.8 percent from the floor (32-of-67) and 31.3 percent beyond the 3-point line (5-of-16).

The Bison were led in scoring by Adam Witt, who had 18 points. NDSU's David Erbes added 17 points and 10 rebounds, while CoCo Cofield had 17 points and nine rebounds.

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