MBB: Coyotes earn two seed in Summit tournament

VERMILLION, S.D. (GoYotes.com) – The South Dakota Coyotes stayed perfect at home in conference play this season with an 80-71 victory over North Dakota State Saturday afternoon inside the Sanford Coyote Sports Center.

All five Coyote starters finished in double figures led by senior Stanley Umude who recorded 26 points on 9-of-17 shooting and grabbed four rebounds on the afternoon. Redshirt-sophomore A.J. Plitzuweit recorded 20 points before leaving with an injury late in the second half. Sophomores Tasos Kamateros and Kruz Perrott-Hunt recorded 14 and 10 points respectively while junior Xavier Fuller recorded 10 points as well.

The Bison (12-11, 10-5 Summit) were led by Rocky Kreuser with 17 points while Maleeck Harden-Hayes (14), Jarius Cook (12) and Grant Nelson (10) rounded out the double-figure scoring for NDSU.

North Dakota State junior Sam Griesel poured in a career-high 26 points to lead the Bison men’s basketball team to an 89-77 road victory over South Dakota on Sunday afternoon.

Griesel shot 10-of-15 for the game, including 4-of-7 from beyond the arc. Tyree Eady added 18 points to match his career-high, and Jarius Cook and Rocky Kreuser both scored 13 for NDSU.

USD senior Stanley Umude scored 39 points to pace the Coyotes.

The Bison shot 51 percent overall and 11-for-24 (46 percent) from three-point range. The Coyotes shot 50 percent for the game, but NDSU’s 10-1 advantage in offensive rebounds played a significant factor in the outcome.

NDSU (13-11 overall, 11-5 Summit) secured the No. 3 seed for the Summit League Tournament, and will play No. 6 seed Kansas City in the quarterfinals on Sunday, Mar. 7, at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls. The Bison are the two-time defending Summit League Tournament champions.

With the loss, USD (13-10, 11-4 Summit) will be the two seed in the Summit League Tournament and face the seventh seed Western Illinois on Saturday, March 6 at 8:45 p.m at the Sanford Pentagon. This will be the fourth time the Yotes have been the second seed in the tournament.