Thomas leads South Dakota to 72-61 victory

Jake Thomas hit eight 3-pointers and finished with 26 points and

South Dakota pulled away in the second half to defeat South Dakota

Mines 72-61 on Wednesday night.

Louie Krogman added 17 points, including three 3s, for the

Coyotes (1-1), who finished 13 of 26 from 3-point range and shot

53.1 percent from the field.

Tanner Friesen had 17 points and Michael Dietz scored 13 to lead

the Hardrockers (2-5).

Thomas hit a 3-pointer with 2 seconds left in the first half to

give South Dakota a 43-41 lead at intermission and added two more

in the first 3 1/2 minutes of the second half as the Coyotes pushed

their advantage to 10.

The Hardrockers used a 7-0 run to pull to within 54-50 with

12:41 to play but Thomas ended the threat with yet another 3, and

South Dakota held on from there.