Coyote men fall short against Nebraska-Omaha

Coyote men fall short against Nebraska-Omaha Despite 27 points from senior forward Tommie King, the South Dakota men's basketball team dropped a 74-67 decision to Nebraska-Omaha Saturday night in front of 3,509 fans at the DakotaDome.

USD falls to 12-7 overall and 2-5 in NCC play, while UNO improved to 15-5 and 5-2 in the conference.

King, a native of Seattle, WA, hit 11-of-14 field goals for the game and also pulled down five rebounds.

Nebraska-Omaha was led by the post combination of Levy Jones and Tola Dada, who each scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds.

After UNO took a 31-26 lead into the locker room at halftime, the Mavericks extended their lead to 10 points at 40-30 with 16:38 on the clock. The Coyotes hung tough though, pulling to within four at 54-50 at the 6:49 mark.

Nebraska-Omaha answered with 5 quick points, taking a 59-50 lead with six minutes to play.�

South Dakota was able to pull within striking distance again, this time on a Vincent McGill 3-pointer with 42 seconds to play, that brought the Coyotes to within 3 at 70-67. UNO hit a pair of free throws and added an Andre Tarpley dunk to go on to the 74-67 win.

Junior guard Josh Mueller (Hartford) had 11 points on 3-of-17 shooting for the game.� He also added seven rebounds and six assists.

For the game, both teams posted identical numbers from the field, hitting 24-of-58 attempts for 41.4 percent. UNO converted on 20-of-31 free throws (64.5 percent), while the Coyotes were 14-of-19 (73.7 percent) from the charity stripe. Nebraska-Omaha outrebounded USD, 41-34.

South Dakota returns to action on Tuesday when it plays host to Hastings (NE) College starting at 7:30 p.m. at the DakotaDome.

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