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).