Coyotes Buffalo NDSU

USD Men Win Second Straight Game 72-58

Tyler Flack scored a game-high 18 points, Tre Burnette added 11 and both pulled down 10 rebounds in leading South Dakota to a 72-58 win against North Dakota State Thursday inside the DakotaDome.

South Dakota (12-14, 4-8 Summit) led from start to finish and avenged an earlier one-point loss to the Bison in Fargo. The Coyotes have won two in a row while North Dakota State (16-9, 6-5) lost for the first time in three games. USD next takes on South Dakota State Saturday in Brookings.

Flack had season highs in points and rebounds in registering his second collegiate double-double. He had 16 points by the midway point of the second half when South Dakota enjoyed its largest lead at 52-32. He finished 6 of 10 from the field and was 6 of 7 from the free-throw line.

Carlin Dupree came off the bench to lead North Dakota State with 14 points. Point guard Khy Kabellis added 12 points. A.J. Jacobson, the reigning Summit League Player of the Week, was held to nine points on 3 of 15 shooting. The Bison were held to their lowest point total of the season.

NDSU’s only run of the game greater than three points came after facing the 20-point deficit. Kabellis got two field goals and Malik Clements hit a 3 during a 14-3 run that got the Bison within nine points at 60-51 with 4:41 to play.

Burnette answered on the other end with a bucket in the paint and teammate D.J. Davis followed with another layup to push the lead back to 13. Davis had 13 points on 5 of 11 shooting. He reached double figures for the seventh consecutive game. He was also mostly responsible for Jacobson’s woes on the NDSU side of the court.

South Dakota was outrebounded by 11 in the first meeting between the two teams, but won the battle 40-32 Thursday. The Coyotes also made 17 of 19 free throws compared to 13 of 20 from the Bison.

Senior guard Casey Kasperbauer passed Art Gelow (1966-69) and moved into 35th place on USD’s all-time scoring list with his 10-point effort Thursday. Kasperbauer has 1,118 career points. He made 2 of 2 from the free-throw line against the Bison and has made 49 consecutive free throws dating back to late November.