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Coyotes Look To Erase Painful Memories Of Last Roadtrip With Summit League Tournament Up Next

As South Dakota prepared for this weekend’s Summit League Tournament opener against Denver, the Coyotes were desperately seeking a way to get the bad taste of last weekend’s final two regular season games out of their mouths.

USD went to Fargo and Brookings last weekend with games against two of the top teams in the conference, hoping to build on a three-game winning streak, and establish some momentum heading to their second league tournament appearance.

Instead, the Coyotes went without a field goal for nearly 14 minutes against NDSU, missing their first 14 shots, en route to a 28-point loss.

SUMMIT LEAGUE RECAP: NDSU 82 USD 54

USD head coach Joey James said the first few minutes of the game in Fargo really hurt:

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Two days later, the Coyotes were in Brookings facing South Dakota State, knowing they could not afford to get off to another slow start.

But as fate would have it, USD again came out cold early, missing their first four shots, and falling behind by seven early.  The real blow came five minutes in when center Trevor Gruis picked up his second foul and ended up spending the rest of the first half on the bench. The Coyotes never fully recovered, losing by 14.

SUMMIT LEAGUE RECAP: SDSU 75 USD 61

Coach James knows his team isn’t the same without their senior leader on the floor:

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In Sunday’s Summit League opener, the Coyotes go against Denver, a team they split with in the regular season.

In their win against the Pioneers, the Coyotes shot 57 percent and limited Denver to 38 percent shooting and seven 3-pointers.

In their loss to the Pioneers, USD allowed 13 triples and trailed by 12 at the half.

Despite that setback to Denver last month, coach James feels good about things going into Sunday:

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Tipoff is 6:00pm Sunday at the Sioux Falls Arena.

SUMMIT LEAGUE TOURNAMENT PREVIEW: SOUTH DAKOTA STATE

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