Coyotes fall 82-70 in Wells Fargo final Saturday

Coyotes fall 82-70 in Wells Fargo final Saturday The South Dakota men's basketball team (21-9) dropped an 82-70 decision to Nebraska-Omaha (22-7) in the finals of the NCC Wells Fargo Finals Saturday night in front of 3,100 fans at Sapp Fieldhouse in Omaha, NE.

Senior forward Tommie King (Seattle, WA) led the Coyotes in scoring with 20 points and was named to the Wells Fargo Finals All-Tournament team. King was joined on the all-tournament squad by senior guard Doug Hanson (Meckling), who had 10 points, including hitting 3-of-4 three-pointers.

Nebraska-Omaha took control of the game an 11-0 run early in the game to take a 16-4 lead just six minutes into the contest. The Coyotes, who had nine turnovers in the first nine minutes of the game, would get no closer than 10 points the remainder of the half as UNO held a 41-28 lead heading into the locker room at halftime.

After trailing by as many as 19 early in the first half, South Dakota battled back to within 10 points with an 11-2 spurt which was capped by a King basket to put the score at 53-43 with 11:06 to play. USD cut the

Maverick lead down to seven on three occasions, but could not get over the hump.

Ty Graham of Nebraska-Omaha was named Wells Fargo Finals MVP with 19 points and seven assists against the Coyotes. UNO's Levy Jones, who had 14 points and seven rebounds, was also voted to the all-tournament team along with South Dakota State's Andy Moeller and North Dakota State's CoCo Cofield.

Senior forward Derek Paben (Pickrell, NE) had 13 points and five rebounds for South Dakota. Paben was 4-of-8 from the three-point line.

Junior guard Josh Mueller (Hartford) had 12 points, including hitting 9-of-9 attempts at the free-throw line.

For the game, the Coyotes shot 36.4 percent from the field (20-of-55), but were 50.0 percent from the three-point line (10-of-20). Nebraska-Omaha shot 47.3 percent from the floor (26-of-55) and outrebounded the Coyotes, 39-34.

Junior center Steve Anderson (Rapid City) had 11 rebounds for USD.

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