The 23rd-ranked Coyotes, who led 29-27 at halftime, received a game-high 26 points and nine rebounds from All-American senior forward Turner Trofholz (Schuyler, NE). It was the third time this season that Trofholz has scored over 20 points in a game.
USD, who shot 52.2 percent (26-of-50) from the field, including 5-of-12 (41.7percent) from three-point range, also gathered a season-high 16 points from senior David Nour (Armour). Nour collected eight of his points in the last 1:18 of the game by knocking down 8-of-10 free throws to seal the game.
The first half was played tight, but the Coyotes held an eight-point lead, 17-9, with 10:10 remaining in the half on a jumper by Trofholz.
The ThunderWolves garnered a brief lead, 23-21 at 3:44 mark on a three-pointer by Brett Cloepfil. However, Nour answered back with a trey of his own on the next possession to give USD a 24-23 lead at 3:20 on an assist by Darrick Leonard (Hazel Crest, IL).
South Dakota, who also had 11 points from sophomore Dustin Little (Castlewood), held its lead through halftime and the rest of the game, despite CSUP cutting the lead to two on three more occasions. USD did build up a double-digit lead for the final 10 minutes of the ball game to keep the game safely in hand.
For the game, the ThunderWolves shot 43.4percent (23-of-23) from the field and made 10-of-20 three-pointers (50percent). However, CSUP was held to just five free throw attempts, in which they made four. CSUP committed 21 personal fouls and turned the ball over 14 times, which led to 14 Coyote points.
Cloepfil led the ThunderWolves with 21 points on 7-of-7 three-point shooting, while Brian Wood added 11 points. Steve Raquet the CSUP leading scorer was held to eight points, but finished with a game-high 12 rebounds.
South Dakota will have an extended break before they return to action in the DakotaDome against former NCC foe Morningside on Monday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m.