USD men upend Minnesota State 72-63

USD men upend Minnesota State 72-63
The South Dakota men's basketball team (15-5, 3-2 NCC) upset the 17th-ranked and league-leading Minnesota State Mavericks (17-4, 5-1 NCC), 72-63, thanks in part to a 26-4 second-half run at the DakotaDome on Jan. 28. It was the Coyotes' eighth-straight win over the Mavericks in the Dome.

In the first half, USD trailed by as many as 15 points midway through the stanza, but were down by just five at intermission. The second half featured both the Coyotes stingy defense and frigid shooting by MSU.

USD had just one first half lead, 8-6, at the 17:07 mark, when sophomore Dustin Little (Castlewood) made a lay-up to break the tie.


Minnesota State then reeled off a 15-2 run down to the 12:06 mark capped by a Jake Morrow three-pointer that gave the Mavericks a 23-10 lead.

MSU took its largest lead of the game, 15 points, when Chris Whitfield grabbed an offensive rebound, which was one of his team-high 10 rebounds in the contest, and put the ball up and in at 9:11 giving the Mavericks a 30-15 lead.

Then with Minnesota State leading by 13, 38-25, at 1:56, USD used a three-pointer by Little, a lay-up by senior All-American Turner Trofholz (Schuyler, NE) and a three from sophomore Eric Hall (Huron) with four seconds left in the half to cut the lead to five, 38-33, at halftime.

In the second half, the two teams traded runs with MSU going up by 12, 51-39, at 14:21 on another three by Morrow. From then, things went south for the Mavericks as USD scored the next 10 points to start its 26-4 run.

After Minnesota State's Luke Anderson scored two points to put MSU up by four, 53-49, at 9:22, the Coyotes scored the next 10-straight points to post a 59-53 lead at 4:09 on a Trofholz basket in the paint.

Following another Anderson lay-up, USD tacked on another four points on a steal and lay-up by redshirt freshman Jesse Becker (Plymouth, MN) and a pair of Hall free throws at 1:15, which put the Coyotes ahead, 65-55.

From there, USD made seven of eight free throws to seal the game.

For the contest, South Dakota shot 46.3 percent (25-of-54) from the field, including 40 percent (8-of-20) from three-point range. At the foul line, USD made 14-of-20 attempts for 70 percent. The Coyotes forced 13 MSU turnovers and were fouled 20 times in the contest.

Trofholz and Hall led the way with 19 points each, while Trofholz completed his 24th career double double with 11 rebounds. In his first start back from an injury, senior David Nour poured in 12 points, while adding seven rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal. Becker came off the bench to finish with 11 points and four assists.

MSU shot 38.5 percent (25-of-65) from the field and was just 9-of-29 from the floor in the second half. Beyond the three-point arc, the Mavericks knocked down 10-of-28 (35.7 percent) and were 3-of-4 at the foul line as USD committed just six fouls in the game.

Anderson led MSU with 17 points, six below his season average of 23.1, while Tony Thomason added 11 points.

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