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VERMILLION – The South Dakota State men’s basketball team saw a five-game winning streak come to an end Sunday as they fell to South Dakota 99-84.

The story of the the game was the Coyote offense. USD shot 64.4% from the field and were 9-15 from three. SDSU head coach Eric Henderson said his offense did enough to win the game, but the defense was not good enough.

“I think [USD] got off to hot start shooting. … We just got stretched out and then in the second half we didn’t guard the ball screen well. They just got downhill and we had very little resistance,” Henderson said.

The teams went back and forth for the first 14 minutes of the game, but USD went on a 7-0 run with five minutes left in the first half to put them up 35-27. The Coyotes used that momentum and gave themselves a 52-38 lead at halftime.

The Jackrabbits (14-8, 5-2) trailed by as many as 19 points in the second half, but were able to cut the lead down to 73-65 with 11:29 left in the game. That was as close as they would get as they were unable to get over the hump.

“Certainly proud of our guys’ effort,” Henderson said. “It could have gotten away from us there in the second half, but our guys have a lot of fight. We just couldn’t get back to back stops and runs defensively. Our longest scoring run was six points. When you’re playing from behind you have to get a lot of stops in-a-row and we just didn’t do that tonight.”

SDSU was without their leading scorer in Douglas Wilson. Wilson, who averages 17.7 points per game, was out after injuring his knee against North Dakota on Jan. 15th. Sophomore forward Matt Dentlinger stepped up in Wilson’s absence and had 26 points, seven assists and six rebounds.

“[Dentlinger’s] stat lime was pretty incredible. … When the ball touches his hands or anybody’s hands in the post, I think that would be on thing that you can see from our team that we have improved on the most. … Matt carried a little bit more of the load with Doug being out and he certainly delivered,” Henderson said.

Alex Arians had 16 points and five rebounds for the Jacks. David Wingett had 13 points and Noah Freidel had eight. SDSU shot 53.3% from the field and were 13-24 from three.

The Coyotes (12-8, 3-3) were led by Tyler Hagedorn who had 24 points and six rebounds. He leads the Summit League in scoring averaging 18.6 points per game. Triston Simpson had 21 points for USD. Tyler Peterson had 18 points and Cody Kelley had 11. Stanley Umude had 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Henderson said Wilson could possibly be back Wednesday when the Jacks host North Dakota State who is at the top of the Summit League.

“[Wilson] is day to day. He was running around a bit, so there’s a chance he plays Wednesday. He wanted to play today. He’s a competitor,” Henderson said.

Tipoff between the Bison and Jackrabbits is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday at Frost Arena.


South Dakota State (14-8, 5-2)

Matt Dentlinger 13-18 0-1 26, Alex Arians 6-10 0-0 16, David Wingett 4-8 2-3 13, Noah Freidel 1-5 1-3 8, Brandon Key 2-4 0-0 6, Baylor Scheierman 2-7 0-0 5, Matt Mims 2-3 0-0 5, Alou Dillon 2-5 0-0 5. Totals 32-60 7-9 84.

South Dakota (12-8, 3-3)

Tyler Hagedorn 9-12 2-2 24, Triston Simpson 8-9 4-6 21, Tyler Peterson 8-12 2-3 18, Cody Kelley 5-11 1-1 13, Stanley Umude 4-9 2-3 11, Ty Chisom 3-4 3-3 9, Brandon Armstrong 1-2 0-0 3, Hunter Goodrick 0-0 0-0 0, Matt Johns 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 38-59 14-18 99.

Halftime – 52-38 USD. 3-point field goals – SDSU 13-24 (Key 2-2, Arians 4-6, Wingett 3-5, Mims 1-2, Dillon 1-2, Freidel 1-3, Scheierman 1-4), USD 9-15 (Hagedorn 4-4, Simpson 1-1, Umude 1-2, Armstrong 1-2, Kelley 2-6). Rebounds – SDSU 26 (Dentlinger 6), USD 28 (Umude 10). Assists – SDSU 16 (Dentlinger 7), USD 14 (Peterson 5). Steals – SDSU 2 (Dentlinger, Mims), USD 7 (Peterson 3). Blocks – SDSU 3 (Wingett 2), USD 6 (Hagedorn, Umude 2). Turnovers – SDSU 10, USD 6. Total fouls – SDSU 18, USD 15. Fouled out – none. Technical fouls – none. A – 5,349.


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