BSU hands No. 18 South Dakota second loss of season, 101-80
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – [box score] The Bemidji State University men's basketball team took the a 2-0 lead over No. 18 University of South Dakota just 59 seconds into the game as Manuel Guzman (Sr., C, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) hit his first attempt of the night. The basket gave BSU an advantage it would never relinquish in a 101-80 victory over the nationally-ranked Coyotes in the first game of the Sioux Valley Clinic Holiday Classic hosted by Augustana College at the Elmen Center in Sioux Falls, S.D. The 100-point effort by BSU was the first for a USD opponent since the University of Minnesota Duluth notched 110 points in a overtime contest two years to the day earlier (Dec. 28, 2003).
The Beavers were led by senor captain Derik Hollyfield (G, Aurora, Ill.) who dropped in 20 points on 8-of-14 from the field and 3-of-6 from beyond the three-point line. He also added four assists, three rebounds and two steals in 25 minutes of play. Will Watson (Sr., G, Baton Rouge, La.), Stacy Pearson-Taylor (Sr., F/G, Miami, Fla.) and Sherwin Johnson also each posted double-digit point totals while Guzman recorded his best overall effort of the season rounding out the top five in scoring with 11 while grabbing a game-high and career-best 12 rebounds for his first double-double in a BSU uniform.
In addition to Guzman's 12 boards, Johnson hauled in a season-best eight rebounds to help BSU gain a 48-40 edge on the glass.
Bemidji State ripped the nets for better than a 50 percent from the field on the night hitting 42-of-83 field goal attempts including a 9-for-25 (.360) effort from outside the three-point arc.
The Coyotes struggled offensively shooting 38 percent from the field (24-62) and were led by junior All-American candidate Turner Trofholz who netted a game-high 23 points while using an 11-rebound effort to gain double-double honors.
The Beavers grabbed the lead early and powered to a 56-37 halftime lead thanks Hollyfield's 17 points on 7-of-10 from the field and 2-of-2 from downtown. The Beavers also put together a 10-0 run midway through the first 20 minutes to put USD's back against the wall early.
After the Coyotes rattled off the first six points of the second half to reel the Beavers to within 13 points (58-45), BSU would counter with back-to-back layups to increase its lead to 17 (62-45) with 16:42 to go in regulation.
The score would hover around 15 points for the next 12 minutes but when Trofholz brought USD to within 11 (86-75) with just over 4:30 left on the clock, BSU would pin back its ears to score 15 of the final 20 points of the game on the back of Watson who netted a pair of big three's down the stretch.
The win is the first over South Dakota in the Patrick Smith era at BSU while the Beavers improve to 3-4 versus the North Central Conference in 2005-06. The victory also gives the Beavers a winning record (2-1) versus nationally-ranked opponents this season after defeating Preseason No. 24 Pittsburg State Nov. 25.
The win brings BSU to 5-6 on the season while South Dakota totes a 10-2 overall record. The Beavers will look to get back to .500 tomorrow when they continue classic play facing the host Augustana in an 8:00 p.m. tip-off a the Elmen Center.