Three Coyotes scored in double figures, but the South Dakota men's basketball team lost a 64-56 contest to Jacksonville State in the Global Sports Roundball Classic at Redbird Arena. USD (1-4) trailed the entire second half, before battling within five points three times with less than two minutes left. JSU (2-4) made its free throws down the stretch, though, to earn the win.
Junior guard Charlie Westbrook (Milwaukee, Wis.) led all Coyote scorers for the third consecutive game with 14 points, nine rebounds and three steals, while junior forward Ricardo Andreotti (Sao Paulo, Brazil) had his best game to date in a South Dakota uniform with 10 points and nine rebounds. Junior guard Louie Krogman (White River) chipped in 12 points and three assists. South Dakota shot 39 percent (21-of-53) from the field, including 27 percent (5-of-18) beyond the arc, and the Gamecocks hit 48 percent (23-of-47) of their shots and 41 percent (5-of-12) from deep. Both squads pulled down 33 rebounds and committed 15 turnovers, but USD was once again outshot at the free-throw line.
It was a defensive battle early, but South Dakota established it's inside presence first. Andreotti hit back-to-back layups and Westbrook added a fastbreak dunk after a Krogman steal. Andreotti added another layup before senior forward Mitchell Bouie (Chicago, Ill.) converted an old-fashion three-point play to put the Coyotes ahead 11-7 at the 13:10 mark. A Kendall Cutler (Brooklyn, N.Y.) free throw extended the lead to five, but JSU battled back to tie the game at 12 midway through the half.
USD shot 30 percent (7-of-23) to 44 percent (12-of-27) for JSU. The Gamecocks earned a slight 17-14 advantage in rebounds, but committed one more turnover at 8-7.