Coyotes race back to beat Vikings 74-72

Coyotes race back to beat Vikings 74-72 The South Dakota men's basketball team (18-8, 7-6 NCC) overcame a late seven-point deficit to notch a 74-72 victory over Augustana (6-20, 2-11 NCC) in front of 3,217 fans Friday night at the DakotaDome.

USD trailed 65-58 with 6:10 to play in the game, but outscored Augustana 16-7 down the stretch to improve to 7-6 in North Central Conference play.

Leading the way for the Coyotes was senior forward Tommie King (Seattle, WA), who had 26 points on 11-of-18 shooting from the field. Senior forward Derek Paben (Pickrell, NE) added 19 points for South Dakota, hitting 5-of-7 three-point field goals.

Junior center Steve Anderson (Rapid City) had an all-around game for South Dakota, pulling down 12 rebounds to go along with five points, two blocks and two steals. Sophomore forward Turner Trofholz (Schuyler, NE) had 11 rebounds and eight points.

As a team, the Coyotes shot 44.8 percent from the field (26-of-58), while limiting the Vikings to just 38.2 percent shooting (26-of-68). Augie actually shot better beyond the three-point line, connecting on 50.0 percent from long range (9-of-18), compared to USD's 7-of-22 performance from downtown (31.8 percent). South Dakota edged Augie in rebounding, 42-41.

The Vikings were led in scoring by Nick Olson, who had 13 points and four rebounds. Augustana also had three players with 12 points: Justin Vortherms, Justin Van Meeteren and Jon Wagner.

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