Coyote men defeat Bemidji State

Coyote men defeat Bemidji State
The 23rd-ranked South Dakota men's basketball team (2-0) came from behind to defeat the Bemidji State Beavers (1-2), 78-76, in the final game of the USD Basketball Classic at the DakotaDome Saturday night.

USD, who was led by three players in double figures, scored 30 of its 78 points in the paint.

A majority of those points in the paint came from All-American Turner Trofholz (Schuyler, NE), who scored a game-high 26 points and completed the double-double with a game-high 10 rebounds. It was the 15th double-double of his career.

The Coyotes' David Nour, a senior from Armour, finished with 14 points and seven assists. None of Nour's points were bigger than the three-pointer he hit with 50 seconds left in the contest that gave USD the lead, 77-76.

After a miss by Bemidji State, the Beavers fouled Nour, who made one of two free throws with 10 seconds left. Following a BSU timeout, the Coyotes nicely defended the Beaver's inbound play and forced a desperation three-point shot that fell short as time expired.

The Beavers, who placed four players in double figures, were paced by Duane Fields's 16 points. Stacey Pearson-Taylor added 14 points and seven assists, while Derik Hollyfield and Spencer Carter finished with 13 and 11 points, respectively. Carter led BSU with nine rebounds.

As a team, USD shot 52.9 percent from the field on 27-of-51 shooting. Behind the arc, the Coyotes knocked down 11-of-19 (57.9 percent) shots. Free throws posed a problem for South Dakota as they made just 13-of-25 attempts (52.0 percent).

South Dakota, who also received 10 points from junior Darrick Leonard (Hazel Crest, IL), finished with a 36-31 rebounding advantage. Despite turning the ball over 15 times, to eight for Bemidji State, USD garnered 12 points off those turnovers.

Bemidji State shot 46 percent (29-of-63) from the field, including 9-of-26 (34.6 percent) from three-point range. The Beavers were more successful at the foul line, as they made 9-of-12 attempts (75 percent).

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