USD’s winning streak ends at 15

USD's winning streak ends at 15
The University of South Dakota men's basketball team saw its DakotaDome North Central Conference winning streak of 15 games come to an end Feb. 17.

The Coyotes, who also had their four-game winning streak stopped, fell to 19-6 overall and 8-2 in league play.

USD featured two players that recorded double-doubles on the game, led by sophomore swingman Dylan Grimsley (Sioux City, IA) leading the team with 22 points and 11 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season. Sophomore center Steve Smith (Sioux Falls) notched his second double-double of the year with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while junior forward Eric Hall (Huron) added 20 points, including making 5-of-9 three-point attempts, and four assists. Grimsley, Smith and Hall each shot 7-of-12 overall from the floor.

UMD became just the second team this season to shoot better than 50 percent from the floor against South Dakota by checking in at 54 percent.

The Coyotes did get to the line more often than Minnesota Duluth, making 18-of-25 chances (72 percent) compared to just 6-of-9 for the Bulldogs (66.7 percent). The first half was a see-saw affair that featured 11 lead changes and four tie scores. Neither team had greater than a five-point lead in the first 20 minutes of play, that belonging to UMD several times, with the last coming at 5:01 into the game and holding a 13-8 advantage. Down the stretch, though, UMD's hot shooting proved too much for the Coyotes to overcome as the Bulldogs made seven of their final 11 field goals in the final eight minutes of play, and were able to pull away at the end of the game for the eight-point victory.

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