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Denver outlasts the Coyote men

by Chris Tubbs

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KWSN) —South Dakota scored 10 points in the final 12 minutes during a 71-55 loss to Denver in a Summit League Tournament quarterfinal contest at Sioux Falls Arena.

The Pioneers (16-14) advance to Monday night’s semifinal contest against top-seeded North Dakota State. The Coyotes’ season ends with a 12-18 record.

Brett Olson knocked down four three-pointers and scored a game-high 20 points to lead Denver. Bryant Rucker added 14 points and Jalen Love scored 12. The Pioneers shot 62 percent in the first half and led 38-32 at halftime. USD never got within five points the rest of the way.

Brandon Bos hit three 3’s in the game’s first six minutes and led South Dakota with 13 points. Trevor Gruis was 5 of 6 from the field and had 12 points. USD took 39 shots in a low-possession game with 18 makes.

Denver closed the first half on an 8-2 run, then held USD to seven field goals in the second half. Tyler Flack scored back-to-back buckets to bring USD within five at 50-45 with 12:09 remaining. The Coyotes went the next five minutes without a point as Denver extended its lead to 10. The Pioneers outscored USD 16-8 during the final six minutes. 

Courtesy: University of South Dakota