Coyote men lose on the road 70-65 to Minnesota-Duluth

Coyote men lose on the road 70-65 to Minnesota-Duluth
The South Dakota men's basketball team (16-6, 4-3 NCC) suffered a heart-breaking 70-65 conference loss Feb. 4 to the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs (12-11, 3-5 NCC) at Romano Gymnasium in Duluth, MN.

USD never led in the game, but tied the game once early in the first half and despite trailing by double figures for a good portion of the second half, the Coyotes cut the lead to two on three different occasions, including once with under two minutes remaining in the game.

Sophomore Eric Hall (Huron) highlighted USD's performance with a game-high 25 points, which was the seventh time this season he scored over 20 points in a contest. It was also the fifth time this season that he hit six or more three-pointers in a game, as connected on 6-of-13 treys to put his season total to 74, which leads the NCC. He is one three-point basket shy of tying Paul Marshall (2002-03) and Derek Paben (2002-03) for 10th on the single season three-point field goals chart at USD with 75.

Bryan Foss began the game with five straight points, before senior All-American Turner Trofholz (Schuyler, NE) hit a jumper at 17:34. Trofholz then added a pair of free throws at 13:53 to tie the score for the only time in the contest at 5-5.

The Bulldogs eventually led by 12 points, 25-13, on a Foss jumper, but a basket at the buzzer by USD redshirt freshman Jesse Becker (Plymouth, MN) cut the lead to nine, 29-20, at intermission.

UMD gained its largest lead of the contest at 16:59, 38-22, on a three-pointer by Foss. With the Bulldogs leading by 13, 42-29 at 14:02, the Coyotes went on a 11-0 run fueled by eight-straight points from Hall and a three-pointer by senior David Nour at 11:34 to cut the lead to two, 42-40.

UMD pulled away again, this time by 10, 66-56, at the 3:10 mark, but USD received another two three's from Hall and a lay-up by Becker to again drop the margin to two, 66-64 with 1:42 left in the game.

Jordan Nuness hit a pair of free throws with 19 seconds left following a John Vaudreuil lay-up to lead by six, 70-64.

The Coyotes had a chance to win the game, but missed three out of four free throws and a three-pointer at the buzzer.

Outside of his 25 points, Hall added five rebounds, three steals, two assists and a block. Trofholz finished with 16 points, while Becker added 15.

Bryan Foss led five players in double figures with 18 points, while John Vaudreuil added 14. John Emerson, Matt Rawley and Jordan Nuness each contributed 10 points to the UMD cause.

Each team committed 12 personal fouls, while USD had 11 turnovers, one more than the Bulldogs.

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