Coyotes record 89-72 win Dec. 29 Solid guard play by Josh Mueller and David Nour helped the 18th-ranked South Dakota men's basketball team (12-1) defeat Concordia St. Paul (8-3), 89-72, in nonconference basketball at the Augustana Basketball Classic Dec. 29 in Sioux Falls.
With the win, USD rebounded from its first defeat of the season against Winona State on Dec. 28, and improved its season record to 12-1.
Mueller, a senior point guard, made 7-of-14 field goals, including 2-of-5 from 3-point range, and 8-of-9 free throws for 24 points. He also had four steals, eight assists and five rebounds.
With the four steals, Mueller became USD's career steals leader with 217. Mueller now owns the career assists (720) and career steals mark and sits fifth on the USD scoring list (1,608 points). He also reached double figures in points for the 11th time this season and 81st time in his career.
Nour, a junior guard, added 18 points, including 15 points in the second half. Nour, who made 5-of-9 field goals, hit a pair of timely 3-point jump shots in the second half and also converted a pair of lay-ups late in the game to help hold off Concordia-St. Paul.
Also for the Coyotes, junior forward Turner Trofholz had his third double double of the season and his ninth of his career with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Trofholz, who scored in double figures for the 13th straight game this season, hit 7-of-11 shots from the field and made 8-of-9 free throws. Senior forward Steve Anderson, just missed a double-double with 9 points and 10 rebounds. Senior forward Aaron Green contributed 14 points, eight rebounds and two steals.
For the game, South Dakota made 29-of-65 field goals for 44.6 percent, including 4-of-12 from 3-point range. USD was 27-of-31 from the foul line for a blistering 87.1 percent. USD recorded 11 steals and pulled down 14 offensive rebounds.
Concordia-St. Paul converted 25-of-62 field goals for 40.3 percent and made 9-of-18 3-point field goals for 50 percent. The Golden Bears were 13-of-17 for 76.5 percent from the foul line. Justin Vandenberg had a game-high 32 points, including 4-of-5 3-point field goals. Brian Jamros added 15 points, including 5-of-9 from 3-point range, while R.J. Allen added 12 points.
Key for South Dakota was its pressure on the ball, which created 20 turnovers by CSP while USD committed just 11. USD turned the turnovers by CSP in points as USD held a 35 to 14 advantage in points off turnovers. USD also controlled the inside with a 32 to 16 advantage on points in the paint. Additionally, USD won the battle of
the boards, 42-36, which
translated into a 19 to 12
advantage on second chance points. �