FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Frank Gaines scored all 14 of his points in the second half to lead Fort Wayne to a 62-60 win against South Dakota Thursday at Memorial Coliseum.
Luis Jacobo added 13 points for the Mastodons (9-11, 2-4 Summit) and gave his team a 59-58 lead with a driving layup with 34 seconds to play. Isaiah McCray made it 61-58 with two free throws with 13 seconds left. Three points was the largest lead of the game for Fort Wayne.
South Dakota guard Brandon Bos scored a layup to make it 61-60 and the Coyotes fouled Gaines with six seconds left. Gaines missed the first free throw, but made the second to make it 62-60. Juevol Myles took the inbounds pass for the Coyotes, drove up the left side of the court and saw his three-point attempt bounce off the back of the rim and away as time expired.
The miss capped a 2-of-15 night from South Dakota's leading scorer on the season, Myles, who had nine points. USD center Trevor Gruis led all players with 15 points and seven rebounds.
South Dakota (7-12, 3-4) led by as many as nine in the first half and by four, 30-26, at the break. Gruis had nine first-half points. Gaines, the league's third-leading scorer at 18 points per game, was scoreless in the first half on 0-of-7 shooting. He finished 4-of-16.
A Jordan Boots three-pointer gave the Coyotes their largest lead of the second half, 47-40, with 12 minutes to go. Gaines gave the Mastodons their first lead of the half with a free throw near the seven-minute mark that made it 49-48.
Bos gave the Coyotes the lead twice in the final two minutes. His second 3 of the game made it 56-55 with 1:35 to go. He countered a Joe Edwards jumper with one of his own on the Coyotes' next possession that made it 58-57 with 52 seconds left. Bos finished with 12 points.
The loss drops South Dakota to 1-7 on the road this season, where the team will play seven of their final 10 games. The Coyotes take on Oakland in Rochester, Mich., Saturday at 6 p.m. ET.
VERMILLION, S.D.—South Dakota outscored Fort Wayne 45-17 in the second half en route to an 82-51 victory Thursday night inside the DakotaDome. The win ends a two-game skid for the Coyotes (8-10, 3-2 Summit), who remain in a tie for third place in the Summit League standings.
Nicole Seekamp had 18 points, six rebounds and seven assists to lead the Coyotes. Polly Harrington added 16 points on 7 of 9 shooting from the field. Tempestt Wilson and Margaret McCloud scored 15 and 14 points, respectively, and both had six rebounds.
Fort Wayne's (6-12, 2-4 Summit League) Amanda Hyde led all scorers with 20 points. Stefanie Mauk added 11 points and seven rebounds for the Mastodons, who made 4 of 24 second-half shots.
USD outscored the Mastodons 40-12 in the paint and outrebounded them 43-22. South Dakota scored 22 second-chance points off 16 offensive boards.
South Dakota led by 15 points in the first half, but saw Fort Wayne cut the lead to 37-34 at the break. The Coyotes scored the first 10 points of the second half, and outscored Fort Wayne 31-7 during the final 12 minutes of the game.
Coyote point guard Alexis Yackley reached 10 assists for the third time this season and added six rebounds and two steals. South Dakota had 25 assists on 33 made field goals.
The Coyotes return to their home court Saturday for a 2 p.m. contest with Oakland.