With the help of a former Kansas State player, South Dakota made it a decent game against No. 25 Wildcats on the afternoon of New Year's Eve.
The leading scorer for South Dakota after transferring from Kansas State, guard Juevol Myles scored 13 points. Nine of those came in the second half.
With less than eight minutes to play, the Coyotes only trailed Kansas State by five.
Ultimately, though, South Dakota could not keep up with Kansas State, and the Wildcats defeated the Coyotes 70-50.
"Good game for about 30 minutes, and then they really turned it up and turned us over," South Dakota coach Dave Boots said. "I was proud of our kids that we got off to a slow start and they came back and hung in there in the second half and had a good battle."
Nino Williams scored 16 points for the Wildcats, and Rodney McGruder added 15. Karim Rowson led the Coyotes with 14 points, six of which came from free throws.
Though the point guards got their points, South Dakota needed more production from its post players. Outrebounded by 15, the Coyotes (6-9) struggled on the boards and shot 32.7 percent from the floor.
Kansas State (11-2) entered halftime with a 12-point lead, but South Dakota cut that advantage in half before the Wildcats pulled away late.
The tide turned, however, when Jordan Henriquez converted a three-point play, beginning a 10-0 run for the Wildcats.
Kansas State was outrebounding the Coyotes 14-5. At that point in the game, South Dakota was making less than 15 percent of its field goals.
"We struggle at this level, how physical the kids are, not only inside but on the perimeter," Boots said. "They bump you on cuts, it's hard to get an uncontested shot off."
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