(From the USD sports desk)
South Dakota men’s basketball had a chance to tie TCU with 17 seconds on the clock but had its shot bounce on the back iron, as the Coyotes fell 76-71 in Fort Worth, Texas, Wednesday night.
Junior Matt Mooney first tied the game at 68-68 on a fade-away jumper on the baseline with 3:07 reaming in the contest after USD had trailed by as many as 11 points. After TCU scored four-straight points, Mooney drove the lane with 41 seconds on the clock and pulled the Coyotes within one-point with an old-fashioned three-point play. The free throw gave Mooney a new career-high 31 points on the night.
TCU (3-0) regained a three-point lead with 23 seconds on the clock as preseason Big 12 all-conference honoree Vlad Brodziansky got into the paint for a layup. On the ensuing Coyotes possession, Mooney got a look at the basket from 3-point range but had his shot just miss, forcing the Coyotes to foul. Kouat Noi made both of his free throw attempts, which proved to be the final score of 76-71.
Mooney tallied 20 second-half points, his second-straight game of 20-plus points in a half, for his game-high 31 points. Junior Tyler Hagedorn, continuing his breakout season scoring a career-best 22 points, with an even 11 points in each half.
South Dakota utilized 21 points off turnovers as Carlton Hurst and Triston Simpson each had three steals to set those opportunities up. Simpson also tallied five assists, four rebounds and a block in the contest. South Dakota shot 28-of-61 from the field for 45.9 percent while the Horned Frogs went 27-of-58 for 46.6 percent.
South Dakota returns to the Sanford Coyote Sports Center for a 7 p.m. tipoff against Grambling State.