USD men drop first NCC game to Mavericks 87-76

USD men drop first NCC game to Mavericks 87-76 Coyote Turner Trofholz battles hard under the boards to get the ball to hoop last Thursday. He scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds, but it wasn't enough for USD to keep pace with UNO. The 18th-ranked South Dakota men's basketball team (15-2, 2-1 NCC) dropped its first North Central Conference game of the season as they fell, 87-76, to 23rd-ranked Nebraska-Omaha at the DakotaDome before 3,773 in attendance.

USD trailed 47-31 at the half after making 8-of-23 (34.8 percent) field goals in the first half, compared to 20-of-34 (58.8 percent) for UNO.

In the second half, UNO extended its lead to 27 points on a jumper by Levi Jones to put the Mavericks up 59-32 with about 14 minutes to play in the game.

The Coyotes were able to cut the lead down to 11 on several occasions, but couldn't get the game to single digits despite valiant attempts.

Senior Josh Mueller led all scorers with 24 points, while Turner Trofholz dialed in 19 points and eight rebounds. David Nour scored 11 points while Aaron Green scored 10. Steve Anderson grabbed a season-high 14 rebounds for the Coyotes.

South Dakota finished with a season-low 38.9 percent field goal shooting, converting just 21-of-54 shots. From three-point land, the Coyotes made 7-of-23 (30.4 percent) shots and went 27-of-38 (71.1 percent) from the free throw line.

Calvin Kapels paced UNO with 20 points to lead five Mavericks in double figures.

On the night, the Mavericks shot 53.4 percent (31-of-58) from the field, including 37.5 percent (6-of-16) from downtown.

At the charity stripe, UNO converted 19-of-32 (59.4 percent) attempts, with most coming in the last three minutes of the ball game.

UNO won the rebounding battle, 40-34.

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