Coyotes fall to North Dakota; King scores 1000th

Coyotes fall to North Dakota; King scores 1000th The South Dakota men's basketball team (17-8, 6-6 NCC) had its five-game winning streak snapped with a 68-64 loss to North Dakota (14-11, 5-7 NCC) Saturday night in front of 3,512 fans at the DakotaDome.

In the loss, senior forward Tommie King scored 26 points, surpassing the 1,000-point plateau for his career at USD (1,016 career points).

Second-half shooting doomed the Coyotes, who were just 10-of-34 from the field (29.4 percent) in the final 20 minutes, while North Dakota shot 48.1 percent in the second period (13-of-27).

UND's 6-11 center Todd Rypkema was the game's high scorer with 33 points and 14 rebounds.

In the first half, South Dakota erased an early 8-point deficit to take a 34-33 lead into the locker room at halftime.

The two teams went back and forth in the first 10 minutes of the second half, as the game was tied 50-50 with 10:08 to play. North Dakota went on a 7-0 run over the next three minutes to take a 57-50 advantage. The Coyotes pulled back to within 2 with a 7-2 spurt, cutting the UND lead to 59-57 with 2:56 on the clock.

After jumper by Evan Lindahl and a layup by Mike Johnson, North Dakota went back up by 6 at 63-57, but a pair of King jumpers pulled USD back to within 2 at 63-61 with 49 seconds to play.

Rypkema gave UND a 65-61 lead with a layup with 29 seconds on the clock, but four seconds later junior Josh Mueller hit a 3-pointer to cut the North Dakota lead to 1, 65-64. UND would hit 3-of-4 free throws down the stretch ?to take the season series from the Coyotes, 2-0.

Sophomore forward Turner Trofholz (Schuyler, NE) was the only other Coyote in double figures with 12 points and nine rebounds.

For the game, South Dakota shot 34.4 percent from the field (22-of-64) and just 15.8 percent from the 3-point line (3-of-19). UND also struggled beyond the 3-point arc, hitting just 4-of-15 attempts (26.7 percent), but shot 44.4 percent from the floor (28-of-63). North Dakota outrebounded USD, 44-37.

South Dakota returns to action next Friday night when it plays host to Augustana at the DakotaDome starting at 8 p.m.

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