Kansas State survived a three-quarter shot at the buzzer to beat South Dakota 64-62 Tuesday night.
The Coyotes jumped out to a 15-4 lead, led 31-26 at halftime and by three, 57-54, with six minutes to go, but went 0 of 5 from the field the rest of the way. Kansas State scored nine of its final 12 points following offensive rebounds and got five points on one possession to take the lead for good, 59-57, with 4:54 remaining. Southwell and Thomas Gipson combined to score the final 10 points for the Wildcats (6-3), who improved to 20-0 all-time against Summit League opponents.
Senior center Trevor Gruis tied his season-high of 18 points and had nine rebounds to lead the Coyotes (3-6), who have lost three in a row by a combined 11 points. Gruis was 7 of 8 from the field, blocked three shots and finished one rebound shy of a double-double. He became the 34th Coyote to score 1,100 career points.
Sophomore guard Adam Thoseby played his best game as a Coyote and had six boards to go with a season-high 16 points. His layup with 5:53 to go gave USD its three-point lead. Thoseby was 6 of 10 from the field.
Kansas State was held to 38 percent shooting, but the Wildcats grabbed 18 offensive boards and took 18 more shots from the field than their visitors. Kansas State was 10 of 20 from the free-throw line, including a 1 of 7 effort in the final minute that almost cost the team a win.
The Coyotes had two possessions to cut into a 63-60 lead, but a missed three-pointer and a turnover sealed their fate. Kansas State opted to foul Brandon Bos with three seconds left and Bos hit both free throws to make it 63-62. The Coyotes fouled Gipson with two seconds left. Gipson made the first free throw, missed the second and Bos’ desperation heave fell short.
Bos saw a string of eight consecutive double-digit scoring efforts to start the season end Tuesday. All four of his points came from the free-throw line. Starters Tyler Flack and Trey Norris finished with eight points each for USD. Norris had seven assists and four steals.
The Coyotes return to Vermillion and will host Green Bay at 7 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 14) inside the DakotaDome.