Triston Simpson

South Dakota's Triston Simpson protects the ball from two North Dakota defenders during Saturday's action in the Sanford Coyote Sports Center in Vermillion.

VERMILLION – The Coyotes needed to snap a three-game losing skid on Senior Day to lock up the no. 3 seed in the Summit League tournament.

“This group has been together a really long time,” Kelley said. “I’ve been with them for two years and it feels like I’ve been with them my whole career.”

The Coyotes prevailed over North Dakota 77-67 Saturday afternoon. The Coyotes locked up the third seed with a win or Omaha loss to North Dakota State. The five Coyote seniors; Tyler Peterson, Tyler Hagedorn, Triston Simpson, Cody Kelley and Brandon Armstrong were honored before the game.

“Hags (Hagedorn) spent five years of his life here,” USD head coach Todd Lee said, “TP (Peterson) and Triston and Brandon have spent four years here. I’m really proud of them and this is the way you want to end it.”

The Coyotes built up an eight point lead in the first eight minutes. UND responded with a 7-0 run to make it a one point game at 15-14. The remainder of the first half, neither team built more than a five point lead. The game was tied at 34-34 with 1:05 to play when Lee was called for a techincal foul.

Kienan Walter converted both free throws, followed by a 3-pointer from Billy Brown and UND held a 39-34 lead. Peterson converted an and-one to cut the lead to two and Simpson converted a pair of free throws with five seconds left to send it into the half tied at 39.

Hagedorn hit a 3-pointer 45 seconds into the second half to give USD the lead and the Coyotes never gave up the lead. Walter fouled out with 9:37 to play. Marlon Stewart scored 13 second half points, but fouled out with four minutes to play.

That matters a lot when you get Stewart in foul trouble,” Lee said. “He’s a really good player and one of the best guards in the league. He’s hard to guard and a lot of the stuff they run is for him so when he’ sout of the game, that’s a big blow to them.”

The Coyotes held on to a six-point lead when Stewart fouled out. Stewart finished with 19 points. Filip Rebraca tallied a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds. D’Sean Allen-Eikens contributed 15 points.

All five Coyote starters finished in double figures. Peterson led the way with 17 points, followed by Simpson’s 15. Hagedorn and Stanley Umude finished with 14 points each. Kelley was able to eclipse double figures with 23 seconds left on a free throw to put him at 10 points.

The Coyotes take on North Dakota in a rematch Sunday, March 8 in Sioux Falls in the first round of the Summit League Tournament.

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NORTH DAKOTA 13-17 (7-9)

Filip Rebraca 8-11 1-2 17, Brady Danielson 0-2 0-0 0, Kienan Walter 1-5 3-5 6, Marlon Stewart 8-16 0-1 19, Billy Brown 1-2 1-2 4, Gertautas Urbonavicius 0-5 0-0 0, De’Sean Allen-Eikens 7-13 0-0 15, Ethan Igbanugo 2-3 0-0 6. TOTALS: 27-57 5-10 67

TOTALS 22-54 25-30 77.

SOUTH DAKOTA 20-11 (10-6)

Tyler Hagedorn 5-9 3-3 14, Stanley Umude 4-10 4-5 14, Triston Simpson 6-7 2-4 15, Cody Kelley 4-7 1-2 10, Tyler Peterson 5-9 6-7 17, Ty Chisom 1-2 2-2 4, Tasos Kamateros 0-2 0-0 0, Brandon Armstrong 1-1 1-3 3, Hunter Goodrick 0-1 0-0 0. TOTALS: 26-48 19-26 77.

At the Half: USD 39, UND 39. Three-Pointers: UND 8-24 (Stewart 3-6, Igbanugo 2-3, Brown 1-2, Walter 1-4, Allen-Eikens 1-5, Rebraca 0-1, Urbonavicius 0-1, Danielson 0-1), USD 6-15 (Umude 2-4, Peterson 1-1, Simpson 1-2, Hagedorn 1-3, Kelley 1-4, Kamateros 0-1). Rebounds: UND 31 (Rebraca 12), USD 24 (Umude 6, Kelley 6). Personal Fouls: UND 23, USD 14. Fouled Out: Walters, Stewart. Assists: USD 12 (Umude 3, Simpson 3, Peterson 3), UND 9 (Rebraca 3, Stewart 3). Turnovers: UND 15, USD 11. Steals: USD 6 (Simpson 2, Peterson 2), UND 5 (Danielson 1, Walter 1, Brown 1, Allen-Eikens 1, Igbanugo 1). Blocked Shots: USD 3 (Umude 2), UND 1 (Rebraca 1). Techincal Fouls: Lee (1:05 1st), Allen-Eikens (0:01 2nd). Attendance: 3,929.


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