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Coyotes Lose Despite Krogman's 24 Points



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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – University of South Dakota senior Louie Krogman posted a game-high 24 points, but it wasn’t enough as the Coyotes dropped an 88-70 Summit League game Wednesday evening in “The Jungle” at IUPUI.  With the loss, the Coyotes fell to 9-16 on the year and 4-12 in conference play, while IUPUI improved to 12-16 and 6-10 in league play.

 

The Coyotes were led by Krogman’s (White River, S.D.) 24 points as he was 8 of 19 from the field and a season-best 6 of 11 from beyond the arc.  He tallied a team-high seven assists and four steals.  Sophomore Trevor Gruis (Ellsworth, Minn.) added 15 points on 6 of 10 from the field and seven rebounds.  Senior Charlie Westbrook (Milwaukee, Wis.) added 14 points all in the second half.  South Dakota shot 45.5 percent from the field on 25 of 55 from the floor. It was 10 of 20 from beyond the arc and 10 of 16 from the line. 

 

IUPUI was led by four players in double figures as Christian Siakam led the way with 17 points and nine rebounds.  He was 8 of 11 from the field, while NBA prospect Alex Young added 16 points, along with 14 points from Stephen Thomas.  All three players played their final home game in an IUPUI uniform.  They were honored on Senior Night prior to the game.  Sean Esposito added 15 points off the bench including four triples.  The Jaguars shot 60.3 percent from the field for the game which was a season-high for the opponent.  They were 35 of 58 from the field to go along with 10 of 17 from range and 8 of 10 from the line.  IUPUI led in rebounds 31-25 and held a 44-28 lead in points in the paint.

 

A triple by Krogman followed by a steal and layup from Krogman put the Coyotes up 7-6 early in the contest, but IUPUI went on an 11-2 run for a 21-11 lead with 11:36 remaining in the half.  Krogman hit his second trey of the game with an assist from freshman Brandon Bos, (Markham, Ontario) who saw his first action since Jan. 26 at Oral Roberts, brought the Coyotes within 24-16 with just over nine minutes remaining in the half.  Krogman then buried his third triple of the game with two men in his face brining the Coyotes within 28-23 with 5:42 remaining in the half.  With the triple, Krogman moved into a tie for third all-time in school history with Mike Graves (1986-90) with 274 career triples.

 

Four straight Coyote turnovers proved costly as IUPUI swelled the lead to 37-23 over the next two minutes as it responded with a 9-0 with 3:50 remaining in the half.  Krogman broke the tie with Graves for his fourth triple of the half as it brought the Coyotes within 40-28 with two minutes remaining. 

 

IUPUI led 46-31 at intermission as it outscored the Coyotes 18-8 in the final 5:42 of the half.  The Coyotes were led by 18 points from Krogman as he was 6 of 12 from the field and 4 of 7 from beyond the arc to lead all-scorers.  Gruis had seven points, while Westbrook was held scoreless in the half on 0 of 3 from the field and 0-1 from beyond the arc.  Westbrook had 12, first half points in the first meeting en route to tying his career-high with 32 points in the Coyotes’ 88-78 win over the Jaguars Jan. 19 in Vermillion, while earning Summit League Player of the Week honors.

 

The Jaguars were led by 11 points from Young and 10 from Siakam.  IUPUI shot 18 of 30 from the field for 60 percent.  It was 6 of 10 from beyond the arc and 4 of 5 from the line, while holding an 18-11 lead in rebounds.  The Coyotes shot 10 of 25 from the field for 40 percent and were 5 of 11 from beyond the arc to go along with 6 of 9 from the line.

 

Gruis had four buckets in the early moments of the second half, but the Coyotes were unable to get stops defensively as IUPUI continued its red-hot shooting (7 of 9 to begin the second half) as it swelled the lead to 60-41 with 14:30 remaining. 

 

A jumper in the lane by Westbrook was his first field goal make of the game with 12:22 remaining bringing the Coyotes within 66-45.  Westbrook followed with a triple out of a media timeout for a 66-48 deficit with 10:43 left.

 

The Coyotes kept fighting and a rebounded put back by senior Ricardo Andreotti (Sao Paulo, Brazil) brought the Coyotes within 76-60 with 4:41 left.  Andreotti paced the Coyotes with a team-high eight rebounds.

 

The Coyotes will look to rebound when they return home for the final three games of the season beginning Saturday at 7 p.m. in the DakotaDome in the 10th Annual Sears BracketBusters versus Texas State.  Next week, the Coyotes close the season with IPFW on Thursday and then Senior Day on Sat., Feb. 25 versus Oakland.

 

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