Coyotes beat St. Cloud State in semifinals 80-56 It was vintage Coyote basketball as the South Dakota men's basketball team (24-5) got off to a quick start and played solid defense in knocking off the St. Cloud State Huskies (21-8), 80-56, in the first semifinal of the Wells Fargo Finals at the Lee and Helene Sapp Fieldhouse on the Nebraska-Omaha campus.
The Coyote's all-around game got them off to an 11-0 start at 16:05 capped by a lay-up by David Nour.
For the game, USD shot over 50 percent, by making 31-of-61 (50.8 percent), including 8-of-23 (34.8 percent) from three-point land. The Coyotes made five free throws in each half to finish 10-of-13 (76.9 percent) at the line.
USD, who finished with four players in double figures, had 11 from senior guards Josh Mueller and Luke Tibbetts. Mueller hit three trey's in the game, giving him 289 in his career.
Coyote freshmen Eric Hall and Dustin Little gave USD a lift by playing 23 and 18 points, respectively. Hall finished with a career-high seven points and tied for the team-high with six rebounds. Little had five points and three boards.
As a team, St. Cloud State shot 35.6 percent (21-of-59) from the field and was 4-of-18 (22.2 percent) from three-point range. At the line, the Huskies made 10-of-14 (71.4 percent).
Matt Siegle and Eric Bergstrom were the only Huskies in double figures as they finished with 13 and 12, respectively. Steve Trull led all players with seven rebounds.