USD men's basketball falls in tight battle with Omaha

OMAHA, Neb. – Despite Stanley Umude's fourth-straight 20-point game, the South Dakota men's basketball team dropped a 75-68 Summit League contest Sunday night to Omaha inside Baxter Arena.

Omaha (11-8, 5-1 Summit) moved into first place in the Summit League with the win behind 21 points from Zach Jackson.

South Dakota (11-8, 2-4 Summit) carried momentum into intermission, using a 10-3 run to turn a four-point deficit into a three-point advantage at 30-27. Umude, a sophomore, drove into the paint and made a layup while drawing contact with just over 30 seconds remaining in the half. The old-fashioned 3-point play gave the Coyotes the advantage leading into the second half.

However, a 13-5 run by the Mavericks to open the second half cut into the Coyotes' momentum as both teams traded the lead three times in the half to go along with three ties.

The two squads went back-to-back-to-back on 3-point baskets in an offensive outburst midway through the half. First, it was a long-range shot from Cody Kelley to tie the game at 40 but was quickly answered by Jackson. Just 20 seconds later, junior Tyler Peterson hit his second 3-point basket of the game to bring the score even at 43.

Omaha built its lead to six points on a layup from Matt Pile with 8:10 on the clock but a jumper from Peterson and a trey from Kelley cut the deficit to just one point. However, Omaha responded again with a 6-0 run to steady a lead it would not relinquish, leading to the 75-68 final score.

Following Umude's 20 points, Simpson scored 17 points with Peterson adding 12. Kelley scored nine points, all on 3-point baskets as the Coyotes shot 25-of-54 from the field for 46.3 percent. The Coyotes also made 11 long-range shots, tying for the second most this season.

Jackson scored his 21 points on 7-of-12 shooting including 4-of-5 from long range. Omaha, who entered the game ranked 14th in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage, hit 9-of-19 attempts from deep.

The Coyotes conclude their three-game road trip at North Dakota on Wednesday. Tip-off from Betty Engelstad Sioux Center is slated for 7 p.m.