Men's Basketball Recap
The University of Sioux Falls men's basketball team wrapped up the year with a 74-52 loss to No. 21 Minnesota State University Saturday night in Sioux Falls, S.D. Tonight's defeat snapped USF's 20-game win streak at the Stewart Center, which dated back to February of 2011. Derek Brown was USF's high-scorer with 11 points.
MSU improves to 7-1 (3-1 NSIC), while USF falls to 5-4 (1-4 NSIC) on the season.
Despite giving up 12 offensive rebounds to the visiting team in the first half, USF found a way to stick around. Trailing by 10 with 9:48 left in the half, the Cougars began to warm up, hitting four of their next five field goals to cut their deficit to four points with just over 5:00 to play.
Near the 3:00 mark, Derek Brown knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers to secure USF's first tie, 27-27, with 2:26 to go. USF went up two points, but MSU would close the half on a 5-0 run to maintain a 32-29 advantage at the break.
Through the first three minutes of the second half, USF stayed within four points of their opponent, but that quickly changed. The Mavericks held the Cougars scoreless the next four minutes, while rattling off 12-straight to open up a 16 point lead with 13:17 left in the game.
The Cougars pulled within 13 points on two separate occasions, but that is as close as they would come. The Mavericks' 22-point victory was USF's most lopsided defeat this season.
MSU's domination on the glass was a difference maker. The Mavericks outrebounded the Cougars 39-13, including 17 offensive rebounds which contributed to 16 second chance points.
USF's relief outscored their opponents' bench for the sixth time this season.
Led by 17 points from Jarvis Williams, MSU had three players with 10 points or more. Assem Marei posted an impressive stat line of 16 points and 13 rebounds for the game's only double-double, while Zach Monaghan added 14 points for the Mavericks.
Tonight's loss also marked the first time USF finished the game with one player in double-digit scoring. Brown, who scored nine of his 11 in the first half, went 4-of-8 and 3-of-6 from deep in 21 minutes of action. He also tallied three steals.
The Cougars return to the court Friday, January 4 when they travel to Upper Iowa before heading to Winona State Saturday, January 5.
Women's Basketball Recap
With a quartet of Cougars in double figures, USF stormed past previously undefeated Minnesota State, Mankato 77-64 in women's basketball action at the Stewart Center on Saturday. The Cougars improve to 5-4 on the season (2-3, NSIC) while the Mavericks slipped to 7-1 (4-1, NSIC).
A Cougar squad that entered the contest shooting just 25.9% from beyond the arc shelled the Mavericks with 13 three-pointers on a 61.9% (13-for-21) clip.
The USF defense tallied eight steals and four blocks and never looked back in holding the Mavericks to a 17.6% three-point percentage.
Johnson led the Cougars with 24 points, 20 of which came in the first half, while Alyssa Rushton followed with a career-high 20 points that included 8-for-8 from the stripe. Teagan Molden and Jaicee Ulmer finished with 10 apiece.
"It felt awesome to knock shots down; we knew it was due time and just a matter of time before we started knocking them down," said Johnson, who went 6-for-8 from long range. "It seemed like a lot of people were on tonight and we got the win because of it."
"It's just fun playing team basketball when everyone's a threat and they have to focus on all five of us out there instead of just one person," she added.
The Cougars edged the Mavericks on the glass, 41-35, but saw their interior game shut down by the visitors, as they scored only 14 points in the paint.
USF was on the board first with a layup by Teagan Molden and the Cougars held an 8-7 lead before the visiting Mavericks settled in with an 8-0 run that was aided by five USF turnovers to take a 15-8 lead with 12:58 left in the first half. The Cougars erased the deficit with a 15-6 run, during which Johnson netted 11 points. A Johnson trey allowed USF to regain the lead at 23-21. The Cougars tacked on two more three-balls to take a 33-27 advantage into the break.
Sioux Falls opened the second half on a 19-8 run and great defensive rebounding again allowed the points to come uninterrupted. The Cougars drained five three-pointers during the stretch and led by as many as 19 points before the Mavericks leveled out on the offensive end. MSU trimmed the margin to 11 points with less than eight minutes to play but could not get enough stops to make much headway into the commanding lead.
The Cougars went 8-for-8 from the charity stripe in the final two minutes to create the final margin.
Bailey Bouman chipped in six points with a pair of three-pointers to go with three rebounds and two steals.
Courtesy: USF Athletics
USF is off for holiday break and will return to the hardwood on January 4, when they travel to Upper Iowa.