Coyote men win against North Dakota

Coyote men win against North Dakota The South Dakota men's basketball team improved to 15-1 on the season Jan. 15 and remained atop the North Central Conference at 2-0, with an impressive 89-69 win over North Dakota (16-4, 2-1 NCC). It was UND's first loss of the conference season after taking a pair from Nebraska-Omaha.

USD led the entire way and averted two second-half ties in going 2-0 in the NCC for the first time since the 2000-01 season

The first half started with a three-pointer from senior Josh Mueller at 19:40, giving the Coyotes a quick 3-0 lead as he scored USD's first six points, before Turner Trofholz recorded a dunk at 17:10, to give the Coyotes an 8-4 lead.

USD went up 41-33 at halftime thanks to 15 first half points from Trofholz and 13 in the first period from Mueller.

USD shot 45.5 percent (15-of-33) from the field and went 7-of-8 (87.5 percent) at the charity stripe in the first half.

Both teams shot 40 percent (4-of-10) from three-point in the first half, while UND was 14-of-38 (36.8 percent) from the field. A major difference was that UND had just one attempt at the free throw line, which they made ,compared to the Coyotes eight.

The USD defense, meanwhile, held the North Dakota starters to 22 first half points and generated four steals.

In the second half, things got tight as UND went on a 17-9 run to tie the game at 50 at 13:50. The Coyotes called a time out before the teams exchanged treys to tie the game at 53 at 13:05 left in the game.

The rest of the way was all USD as they went on a 25-9 run to take a 75-59 lead at 7:17 on one of David Nour's three-pointers. After scoring five points in the first half, Nour finished with 23 points on 8-of-11 shooting, including 5-of-7 from behind the three-point line. After Nour's three, UND could get no closer than 13.

As a team, USD shot 50.8 percent (31-of-61) from the field, including 9-of-17 (52.9 percent) from three-point land. For the second game in a row the Coyotes missed just one free throw, finishing 18-of-19 for 94.7 percent. South Dakota also won the rebounding battle, 40-33.

Trofholz was one of three for USD to finish with more than 20 points, as he scored 28. Mueller finished just shy of a triple-double as he had 20 points, nine assists and eight rebounds.

North Dakota shot 41.4 percent (29-of-70) from the field, including 8-of-20 (40.0 percent) from three-point land. At the free throw line, UND converted 3-of-4 (75 percent).

UND was led by Evan Lindahl with 17, while Caro Nobles chipped in 15 and Keith Parks, the reigning NCC player of the week had 10 � all in the second half.

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