VERMILLION, S.D.—Justin Simmons made five three-pointers and scored 26 points in leading Omaha to a 95-90 win against South Dakota Thursday at the DakotaDome. It was the first win in Vermillion for the Mavericks since 2005 and avenged a 95-72 loss to USD in late December.
Juevol Myles made four three-pointers and had 26 points to lead South Dakota (8-13, 4-5 Summit League). Steve Tecker had 14 points and Trevor Gruis scored 13 for the Coyotes. Both had nine rebounds.
Omaha (6-16, 3-6) led 75-60 with nine minutes to go, but saw Myles score 10 points during a 20-6 run that got the Coyotes within one, 81-80, with four minutes remaining. The Mavericks scored on five consecutive possessions to push the lead back to six, 90-84, with two minutes left. The Coyotes had a chance to tie in the closing seconds, but Myles missed a long 3 from the top of the key and CJ Carter secured the rebound and hit two free throws with 1.7 seconds left to end the game.
Carter and Alex Welhouse had 17 points and John Karhoff and Caleb Steffensmeier each added 14 for the Mavericks. Omaha made a season-high 13 triples on 26 attempts and shot 56 percent from the field.
South Dakota made 11 threes, had 15 assists to five turnovers and shot 46 percent from the field. The Coyotes led 39-38 towards the end of the first half after trailing by as many as 11 in the stanza. Welhouse hit a 3 at the end of the half that gave Omaha a 43-41 halftime lead.
USD, the highest scoring team in the league this season, reached 90 points for the second game in a row and for the third time in its last eight games. The Coyotes have a week off before returning to the court Thursday with a 7 p.m. contest at South Dakota State.
MACOMB, ILL.— Tempestt Wilson's rebound of Charnelle Reed's missed free throw with four seconds remaining sealed a 63-60 South Dakota win at the Waste Management Court in Macomb, Ill. on Thursday night. With the win the Coyotes (10-10, 5-2 Summit) remain in second place in the Summit League standings.
USD's Lisa Loeffler scored 12 points and added 13 rebounds, seven of which came on the offensive end. Nicole Seekamp's 13 points led the Coyotes while Tempestt Wilson added 12 points and three assists.
Western Illinois' (10-9, 3-4 Summit) Ashley Luke led all scorers with a career-high 19 points. Luke also led her team in rebounds (8) and blocked shots (3). Michelle Maher was the only other Leatherneck to hit double-figures in scoring (12).
An 11-1 run over the final five minutes of the first-half allowed the ‘Yotes to open up an eight-point 39-31 halftime lead. Western Illinois cut the USD lead to two-points on four different occasions in the second half but were never able to regain the lead. Neither team scored during the final 3:42 of the game as South Dakota held on for the win.
South Dakota outrebounded Western Illinois 41-22 and scored 10 second chance points on 13 offensive rebounds. The Coyotes have been outrebounding their opponents by an average of eight boards per game this season.
Tonight's win over Western Illinois will be televised on Saturday at 5 p.m. on Mediacom Channel 22.
The Coyotes will play their second-consecutive road game Saturday night as they take on the IUPUI Jaguars in Indianapolis, Ind. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.