VERMILLION, S.D. – The South Dakota men's basketball team shot nearly 60 percent in the second half to create separation in a 78-63 win against North Dakota on Senior Day Saturday inside the Sanford Coyote Sports Center.
The win secures the No. 6 seed in the Summit League Tournament for the Coyotes, who will face Purdue Fort Wayne Sunday, March 10, at 8:30 p.m. inside the Denny Sanford Premier Center.
South Dakota (13-16, 7-9 Summit), who led 33-31 at halftime, used a 13-2 run to push a 44-43 advantage into a 57-45 lead at the midway point of the second half. The run started with eight-straight points from USD and concluded on a four-point play from junior Cody Kelley.
Kelley swished a 3-point basket and was fouled, where he then toed the free throw line for the fourth point on the play.
North Dakota (12-17, 6-10 Summit) was unable to find its footing as the Coyotes took control of the game and led by as many as 17 points when senior Logan Power drained a 25-foot 3-point basket in the waning seconds of the game.
Power made his first-career start in the game and was joined by fellow seniors Trey Burch-Manning and Dan Jech in the starting five. Jech scored the first Coyote points in the game, a 3-point basket while Burch-Manning totaled 11 points, five rebounds and three assists. Power tallied 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting and was perfect from deep.
Junior Tyler Peterson led the Coyotes with 17 points as Kelley added 16. Junior Triston Simpson chipped in 12 points and continued his stellar stretch of ball control with six assists against just one turnover. Sophomore Stanley Umude grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds. Defensively, Peterson swiped a career-high four steals.
South Dakota shot 47.4 percent from the field for the game on 27-of-57 shot attempts but was 14-of-24 in the second half for 58.3 percent.
Cortez Seales led the Fighting Hawks with 19 points on 8-of-18 shooting. North Dakota shot 25-of-61 in the game for 41 percent but was held to 3-of-17 from 3-point range.
Tickets for Sunday's session in Sioux Falls can be purchased through Ticketmaster. The Howling Pack is hosting a Hospitality Room inside the Sioux Falls Convention Center, opening two hours before tipoff.