VERMILLION, S.D. – South Dakota point guard Trey Norris made a game-winning free throw with 1.5 seconds left to give the Coyotes an 87-86 win against Omaha Thursday at the DakotaDome. Norris’ free throw followed a long-range 3-pointer by Omaha’s Caleb Steffensmeier that tied the game at 86-86 with 19 seconds remaining. Tyler Flack was the game’s leading scorer and he tied his career high with 21 points. South Dakota got 49 points off its bench, including 16 from Adam Thoseby, 14 from Casey Kasperbauer and 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists from Brandon Bos. Carter made three triples and had 19 points to lead Omaha. South Dakota (11-15, 5-6 Summit) has won two in a row and can get even in Summit League play at home Saturday against Western Illinois (9-17, 3-8). Omaha (15-12, 4-7) has lost three in a row.
OMAHA, Neb. – South Dakota rebounded from a 17-point hole in the first half and took a 58-57 lead with 3:36 remaining before falling at Omaha 69-61 Thursday night at Sapp Fieldhouse. It was the Coyotes’ first loss in four games. Taijhe Kelly had 24 points, seven rebounds and eight blocked shots to lead Omaha (11-14, 3-8 Summit), which has followed seven straight losses with back-to-back wins. Polly Harrington and Lisa Loeffler finished with 15 points each to lead USD. South Dakota will play its final road game of the regular season Saturday against Western Illinois. The tip from Macomb is slated for 4:30 p.m.
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