Coyotes Stumble At Denver

DENVER — Joe Rosga scored the first 13 points of the game for Denver en route to a game-high 23 points as the South Dakota men’s basketball team fell 84-68 in Denver Saturday.

The Coyotes suffer their first Summit League road loss and are 6-2 in conference action and 18-6 overall. Denver, who won its third-straight game, improves to 10-12 overall and 4-4 in the Summit League.

After a 7-0 Pioneers’ run in the second half, the Coyotes were able to get within 11 points when Simpson found Mooney for a 3-point basket with 5:57 remaining in the game but that is the closest USD would get as Denver claimed the 84-68 victory.

South Dakota shot 39.1 percent from the field on 25-of-64 field goal attempts. Tyler Hagedorn scored a team-high 16 points as Matt Mooney added 14 and Triston Simpson 12. Trey Burch-Manning and Hagedorn each grabbed a game-high seven rebounds. Tyler Peterson dished four assists, his fourth-straight game of three or more assists. Mooney tallied a game-high four steals.

After Rosga’s 23 points, Jake Pemberton tallied 22 points to lead the Pioneers who shot 55.4 percent from the field, making 31-of-56 shot attempts.

South Dakota travels to Western Illinois Thursday for a rematch with the Leathernecks. The Coyotes topped WIU 62-50 on Jan. 2 in Vermillion. Tip-off from Macomb, Illinois, is slated for 7 p.m.

Hagedorn 6-10 3-4 16, Burch-Manning 4-10 0-0 8, Mooney 4-14 4-4 14, Peterson 1-6 0-0 2, Simpson 5-10 0-0 12, Power 0-1 2-2 2, Fuller 3-6 0-0 6, Sparks 0-1 0-0 0, Armstrong 2-4 2-2 8, Umude 0-1 0-0 0, Doss 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 25-64 11-12 68.

Akintola 1-1 0-0 2, Amigo 3-5 0-0 6, Pemberton 8-14 2-3 22, Murkey 3-12 4-6 10, Rosga 9-13 0-1 23, Krafka 3-3 5-6 12, Knighton 0-0 0-0 0, Carlisle 2-2 0-0 5, Mackey 1-1 0-0 2, Holtzmann 0-3 0-0 0, Rodriguez 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 31-56 11-16 84.

Halftime—Denver 42-28. 3-Point Goals—USD 7-22 (Armstrong 2-3, Simpson 2-3, Mooney 2-8, Hagedorn 1-2, Peterson 0-3, Fuller 0-3), Denver 11-19 (Rosga 5-7, Pemberton 4-7, Krafka 1-1, Carlisle 1-1, Amigo 0-1, Holtzmann 0-2). Fouled Out—Amigo. Rebounds—USD 26 (Hagedorn, Burch-Manning 7), Denver 38 (Murkey 7). Assists—USD 13 (Peterson 4), Denver 20 (Murkey 5). Total Fouls—USD 18, Denver 16. Attendance—432 (7,200).

SDSU 78, Fort Wayne 76

BROOKINGS — South Dakota State pushed its home winning streak to 16 Saturday against Fort Wayne, pulling out a 78-76 victory in front of 3,536 fans at the 2018 Pork Classic.

SDSU (18-6, 6-1 Summit League) saw a 17-point halftime slip away in the second, but in the final minute of action used free throws and a defensive stop to seal the win.

Mike Daum led the Jacks with his 12th double-double of the season, scoring 23 points with 14 rebounds. He hit all of his free throw attempts. Tevin King (11 points, 10 rebounds) posted his first career double-double and joined Daum as one of five Jackrabbits to reach double figures.

Skyler Flatten, who hit four 3-pointers, and Reed Tellinghuisen each finished with 12 points and seven rebounds, while David Jenkins Jr. had 10.

Fort Wayne missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 39.6 seconds left, and on the ensuing possession, Daum buried both of his attempts from the charity stripe.

Up by one, the Jacks buckled down on the defensive end and forced a contested 3-pointer from Fort Wayne that went array with eight seconds to play.

King hit 1-of-2 free throws on the other end, and a desperation heave by the ‘Dons as time expired missed.

South Dakota State continues its homestand with two games this week, hosting Omaha Tuesday and North Dakota State Thursday. Both games tip at 7 p.m. inside Frost Arena.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Paul Miller scored 26 points on 11-of-18 shooting, including his 1,500th career point, and North Dakota State dominated inside and pulled away in the second half to beat Western Illinois 80-69 on Saturday.

Cameron Hunter scored 13 points and Tyson Ward had 10 for the Bison (12-10, 4-3 Summit League), who outscored the Leathernecks 32-16 in the paint and trailed by as many as 12 points in the first half.

Miller, who has scored 20 or more points in eight straight games, is the 12th NDSU player to reach 1,500 career points.

Jared Samuelson’s 3 put NDSU up for good, 34-32, and the Bison outscored Western Illinois 29-15 in the final 11:30 to take a 42-40 halftime lead.

Spencer Eliason’s layup sparked an 8-1 run for a 54-47 Bison lead and NDSU pulled ahead 63-53 with 10:16 left to play after Deng Geu scored seven points in a 9-2 run. Western Illinois closed to 66-59 on Dalan Ancrum’s back-to-back 3s, but Hunter’s 4-point play made it 70-59 and the Bison won going away.

Kobe Webster scored 24 points and Ancrum had 15 for the Leathernecks (10-10, 1-6), who have lost three straight.

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