MBB: Plitzuweit career high sends Coyotes past Oral Roberts

Photo: Brent Nathaniel

VERMILLION, S.D. (GoYotes.com) —South Dakota sophomore point guard A.J. Plitzuweit tied his career-high of 37 points including two free throws with 2.8 seconds left to lead the Coyotes to an 86-84 win against Oral Roberts Saturday inside the Sanford Coyote Sports Center.

Oral Roberts’ sophomore point guard Max Abmas entered as the nation’s second-leading scorer and did not disappoint. Abmas had 36 points on 13-of-18 shooting including a 7-of-9 effort from behind the arc. His look at a desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer bounced just off the rim and out.

The win stops a three-game skid for USD (12-9, 10-3 Summit), which had opened Summit League play with a 9-0 record. It moves the Coyotes two games ahead of Oral Roberts (11-10, 8-5) in the standings with two games to play.