S. Dakota 72, Utah Valley St. 70

Jake Thomas scored 21 points and South Dakota defeated Great

West Conference top seed Utah Valley 72-70 on Friday night in the

tournament semifinals.

The Coyotes (18-14) set up a championship game meeting on

Saturday with North Dakota, which beat Houston Baptist in Friday’s

first game.

Louie Krogman had 12 for South Dakota. Mitchell Bouie’s only

basket of the game came with 1:03 to play and broke a 69-69 tie.

The game featured 17 lead changes.

Isiah Williams had 21 points to lead Utah Valley (19-11). Ben

Aird had 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Wolverines.