Coyote men suffer 69-43 defeat at Minnesota State

Coyote men suffer 69-43 defeat at Minnesota State
The South Dakota men's basketball team (16-7, 4-4 NCC) was handed a 69-43 conference loss to the 22nd-ranked Minnesota State Mavericks (18-5, 6-2 NCC) despite a game-high 20 points and a career-high 18 rebounds from senior All-American Turner Trofholz at Bresnan Arena in the Taylor Center on the MSU campus in Mankato, MN, Feb. 9.

Trofholz's 18 rebounds broke his previous mark of 16 that he pulled down against the Mavericks on March 5 of last season and against Winona State on Dec. 5, 2003.

In the first half, the Coyotes found themselves in a hole quickly. After cutting the MSU lead to one, 3-2, on Trofholz's first basket of the game at 15:49. Unfortunately, it was the closest USD would get in the game.

After Trofholz made another basket at 13:08 and cut the lead to four, 9-5, the Mavericks went on a 16-0 run. Trofholz, who had a double double by halftime of 12 points and 10 rebounds, ended the run with a bucket in the paint at 5:49 cutting the MSU lead to 25-7. At one point, Trofholz had 12 of USD's first 13 points.

The Coyotes did cut the first half lead to 15 on a jumper by sophomore Eric Hall (Huron) at 2:28, which made the score 30-15 in favor of the Mavericks, before leaving for the locker room down 35-19.

Both teams were knotted at 18 rebounds each in the first half, but the Coyote's demise was its 33.3 percent (6-of-18) field goal shooting in the first half. MSU also had 33 field goal attempts in the first half to 18 for USD.

In the second half, MSU continued its stellar defensive play and forced another 14 turnovers after USD committed 13 in the first half.

South Dakota cut the lead to nine, 37-28, at the 13:30 mark after a 7-2 run to open the half, when Trofholz made a lay-up. MSU countered with a 10-1 run to lead by 19 points, 48-29, at the 10:08 mark on a three-point play by Rueben Trotter.

From there, it was all Mavericks.

as the home team eventually garnered its largest lead of 30, 69-39 at 1:26.

For the game, the Coyotes shot 33.3 percent (15-of-45) from the field, which was USD's lowest output from the field this season. USD struggled equally as much from three-point range, making just 1-of-14 (7.1 percent). The lone trey came with 2:16 left in the game when freshman Mitch Begeman (Sioux Falls) hit the long shot for his first points of the game before finishing with seven in the contest.

Outside of Trofholz's 25th career double double and 38th time scoring over 20 points in a game, sophomore Dustin Little (Castlewood) added 11 points, six of which came at the foul line.

MSU shot 44.4 percent (28-of-63) from the field and were 3-of-12 (25 percent) beyond the three-point arc. At the foul line, the Mavericks connected on 66.7 percent (10-of-15) of its attempts.

Corey Easley came off the bench to lead MSU with 18 points, while Luke Anderson was held to 14 points, eight below his season average. Chris Whitfield led the Mavericks with 13 rebounds.

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