Coyotes hold off late UNO run for 85-76 win

Coyotes hold off late UNO run for 85-76 win
The South Dakota men's basketball team (16-5, 4-2 NCC) improved to 9-1 in the DakotaDome this season with an 85-76 win over the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks (13-11, 2-4 NCC) in front of 3,103 in attendance Feb. 2.

USD started fast and led by as many as 26 points in the first half before UNO crawled its way back into the contest and trailed by only three late in the game.

However, the Coyotes sank six straight free throws and the Mavericks turned the ball over once and missed two shots the rest of the way to seal their fate.

For the game, USD shot 58.8 percent (30-of-51) from the field, its second-highest percentage this season, and a season-high 61.1 percent from three-point range on 11-of-18 shooting. At the foul line, the Coyotes made 14-of-18 attempts (77.8 percent) and didn't miss a free throw until the 7:20 mark of the second half.

David Nour, who tied UNO's Zac Robinson for the game-high with 21 points, was 8-of-10 from the field, including 3-of-4 behind the three-point line and made both of his free throw attempts. He also added four assists, three steals and three rebounds. Dustin Little chipped in with 19 points and seven rebounds for USD, while Turner Trofholz and Becker added 12 and 11 points, respectively. Trofholz also recorded a career-high seven assists in the contest.

Nebraska-Omaha shot 48.5 percent (32-of-66) from the field for the game, thanks to 62.9 percent shooting in the second half. The Mavericks finished at 34.8 percent (8-of-23) from three-point range after making just 1-of-10 in the first stanza. UNO was 4-of-9 (44.4 percent) at the free throw line.

Calvin Kapels scored 19 points and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds, while Chris DeSpain finished with 17 points. Ryan Curtis added 10 for UNO.

The Coyotes' next home game is Feb. 23.

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