USD men fall on last-second three to Minnesota Duluth The South Dakota men's basketball team dropped a 74-73 contest to the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs in the first North Central Conference meeting between the two schools, on a last second three-pointer in Duluth, MN, Jan. 22.
USD held a 73-71 lead with 1:03 remaining in the game following a Bulldog lay-up. On the ensuing possession, the Coyotes ran the clock down to 26 seconds before senior Josh Mueller missed a lay-up. A three-pointer on the other end by UMD's Bryan Foss was no good and Brock Seim pulled down the defensive rebound. Seim quickly sent an outlet pass to Mueller, who was immediately fouled with nine seconds remaining.
Mueller missed the front end of the 1-and-1, which allowed the Bulldogs to go the length of the court and cash in a three-pointer at the buzzer by John Emerson to give UMD the 74-73 win.
USD, who led 42-37 at halftime, were outshot in every facet of the game by the Bulldogs. The Coyotes converted 43.3 percent from the field on 26-of-60 field goals, while knocking down 9-of-22 (40.9 percent) from behind the three-point line. USD did make 12-of-17 (70.6 percent) at the free throw line, but could have used two more.
The Bulldogs, who kept the game very tight the entire way, made 29-of-60 (48.3 percent) field goals, including 8-of-18 (44.4 percent) from behind the arc. UMD had just nine free throw attempts, of which they made eight (88.9 percent).
South Dakota played just seven players in the game, with four scoring in double figures, led by a double-double from junior Turner Trofholz. Trofholz recorded 20 points and a season-high 14 rebounds. Aaron Green scored 13 for USD, while guards Mueller and David Nour finished with 12 and 10 points.
Sean Seaman led all scorers with 22, while Emerson added 18 for the Bulldogs, but none were more important than the final three.