Coyote BB team loses 81-70 to Winona State The 18th-ranked South Dakota men's basketball team (11-1) saw its 11-game unbeaten string in 2004-05 come to an end against a hot-shooting Winona State (7-6) team in a 81-70 nonconference basketball loss at the Augustana Basketball Classic on Dec. 28.
South Dakota, which was off to its third best start in school history, was done in by a Winona State team that hit 53.4 percent (31-of-58) from the field, although they were only 4-of-13 from 3-point range.
The Warriors built a 45-37 halftime lead, making 19-of-29 field goals for 65.5 percent, including 3-of-9 from 3-point range as they overcame an early USD advantage.�In the second half, WSU cooled off, making just 36.7 percent from the field on 11-of-30 shooting.
USD, which had a decent shooting first half at 53.8 percent (14-of-26), ended the game at 44.6 percent, making 25-of-56 shots, including 6-of-20 from 3-point range. The Coyotes made 14-of-19 free throws.
USD also cooled off in the second half, making just 11-of-30 field goals for 36.7 percent. A key for WSU was its rebounding as the Warriors maintained a 38-30 advantage over USD. While USD had 13 turnovers, Winona State committed just nine.
South Dakota was led by junior forward Turner Trofholz, who had 19 points and six rebounds. Senior point guard Josh Mueller added 18 points, including 4-of-9 from 3-point range. Also scoring in double digits for the Coyotes was Luke Tibbetts, who had a season-best 16 points to go with five rebounds, three assists and a steal. Tibbetts' 16 points was his second best total in his career. Senior Aaron Green added 12 points and six rebounds.
Winona State was led by John Urbach with 20 points and 11 rebounds while David Zellman had 17 points. Zach Malvik had 10 points and nine assists and Jonte Flowers added 10 points and five steals for the Warriors.