Coyotes move to 11-0 with win over Northeastern State The South Dakota men's basketball team (11-0) moved to 11-0 on the season with a 71-59 win over Northeastern State of Oklahoma (4-7) at the High Desert Classic on Sunday night at the McDermott Center on the campus of Nevada-Las Vegas.
South Dakota, which had four players score in double figures, was led in scoring by Turner Trofholz, a junior from Schuyler, NE, who totaled 19 points and had six rebounds. Josh Mueller, a senior point guard from Hartford, added 18 points and had three steals. Aaron Green, a senior from Indianapolis, IN, supplied 12 points and four rebounds while David Nour of Armour, had 12 points, four assists and two steals. Senior forward Steve Anderson of Rapid City, added 4 points, six rebounds, and two steals.
Overall, USD hit 46.8 percent from the field on 22-of-47 shooting. The Coyotes also made 6-of-14 3-point shots for 42.9 percent and nailed 21-of-30 free throws for 70 percent. The Coyotes lost the rebounding battle, 34 to 29.
Northeastern State, which was led by Shiloh Shores with 15 points and six rebounds, hit 23-of-53 field goals for 43.4 percent, including 5-of-13 from 3-point range for 38.5 percent. They also made 8-of-14 free throws for 57.1 percent.
"This was a good effort for us, coming off a big win last night (Western Washington)," USD head men's basketball coach Dave Boots said in a post-game interview with Kevin Culhane of the Coyotes Sports Network. "I felt our whole team was really focused. We had good movement and everyone played really well as a team. Hopefully, we can come out of this with some confidence."
After Northeastern State took a 2-0 lead, the Coyotes responded with a 10-0 run for a 10-2 lead with 17:09 to play. A lay-up by Mueller off an assist from Luke Tibbetts (Sioux Falls) gave USD an 18-9 lead with 12:55 to play. Nour hit a jumper at the 9:08 mark to provide USD with a 27-14 lead. The Coyotes extended the lead to 35-18 at the 5:37 mark of the opening half after Trofholz hit a jump shot.
Northeastern State rallied with a 9-2 run to cut the lead to 37-27 at the 2:04 mark of the half. Neither team scored again before the break as USD maintained a 10-point lead (37-27).
South Dakota gradually built its lead in the second half, taking a 51-33 with 13:40 left in the second half. Northeastern State again responded, this time with a 10-0 run to cut USD's lead to 51-43 with 11:02 to play in the game.
At the 7:10 mark, Mueller scored off a steal and lay-up to give USD a 57-43 advantage. Again, Northeastern State rallied, cutting USD's lead to 60-51 after a jumper and foul shot by Shad Roome at the 3:47 mark.
South Dakota answered with two free throws by Nour (3:28) and one of two foul shots by Anderson for a 63-51 lead with 2:43 left in the game. Northeastern responded with a 7-2 run to trim the margin to 65-58 at the 1:06 mark. From there USD hit four straight free throws (two each by Mueller and Green) to regained a double digit lead at 69-58 with 47 seconds to play. Two free throws by Anderson with 10 seconds left provided the Coyotes with its final margin of 71-59.
USD finished the classic with a 2-0 record and is now 4-0 at the High Desert Classic in two trips to Las Vegas. In 2002-03, USD also won two games at the tournament.
Next for South Dakota is a trip to the Augustana Basketball Classic on Dec. 28-29. USD faces Winona State at 4 p.m. on Dec. 28 and Concordia St. Paul at 4 p.m. on Dec. 29 in Sioux Falls.