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    USD MBB: South Dakota 90, Northern Arizona 77

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The South Dakota men’s basketball team held off Northern Arizona for a 90-77 victory Thursday night in Flagstaff, Arizona. 

    Matt Mooney tallied 22 of his team-high 24 points in the second half while Tyler Hagedorn added 20 points. Nick Fuller scored a career-high 17 points. 

    The Coyotes won their third-straight game and improve to 10-3 on the season as the Lumberjacks fall to 2-9. 

    South Dakota entered intermission with a 38-23 lead and opened a 19-point lead with 12:45 remaining in regulation at 60-41 on a Carlton Hurst free throw. Northern Arizona then used a 15-3 run to claw back into the game at 64-59 ending when JoJo Anderson hit a 3-point basket with 8:36 on the clock. 

    Mooney answered with a jumper to stop the run, and the Coyotes were able to build the lead back to 12 points on a quick 7-0 run. After Mooney’s jump shot, Tyler Peterson added a pair of free throws and Fuller had an old-fashioned 3-point play with 6:43 remaining in the contest. 

    Northern Arizona made one final run at the Coyotes, cutting the deficit to five points with 3:06 remaining.

    However, South Dakota embarked on another 7-0 run to withstand the Lumberjacks attack and escape with the 90-77 victory. Mooney scored four-straight points and the run was accentuated with a dunk from Hagedorn. Trey Burch-Manning then hit a free throw with 1:27 remaining to push the game out of reach. 

    The Coyotes dominated the painted area with 50 points, holding NAU to just 18 points in the paint. South Dakota also held a stark contrast in rebounds at 50-29, led by Hurst and Trey Burch-Manning with 10 apiece. The duo also tallied near double-doubles with nine points each. 

    Northern Arizona was led by Anderson with 30 points on 7-of-16 shooting and 11-of-13 free throws. 

    South Dakota made 29-of-63 field goal attempts for 46 percent shooting. Scoring 52 points in the second half, the Coyotes shot 50 percent making 26-of-32 field goal attempts. Northern Arizona shot 39.7 percent from the field, making 23-of-58 shot attempts. 

    South Dakota, winners of five of their last six games, continues its West Coast swing at San Jose State Sunday. The opening tip is slated for 5 p.m. (CST) inside The Event Center on the campus of San Jose State.

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