Local

USD Falls On Road

USD Falls On Road

MAAC Preseason Player of the Year Billy Baron scored a game-high 27 points and drilled a go-ahead three-pointer with 57 seconds left to lead Canisius to a season-opening 71-66 win against South Dakota Monday evening at the Koessler Athletic Center.

It was the fourth meeting between the two programs in the last four years and the first time the home team has emerged victorious. Baron made just 6 of 15 shots from the field, but had half of the Griffs’ 10 three-pointers and went 10 of 11 from the free-throw line.

Senior center Trevor Gruis needed one rebound to become the 11th player in program history to score 1,000 points and pull down 600 rebounds. He got nine boards Monday and scored a team-high 18 points on 7 of 12 shooting.

“My hats off to Trevor,” said USD head coach Joey James. “He deserves it. He has been a four-year starter for us and we really appreciate all the hard work he has put in as a Coyote.”

Gruis gave the Coyotes a 64-62 lead with a one-handed shot in the lane with two minutes to go. Chris Manhertz tied the game with two free throws on the other end, then got a steal on defense moments before Baron hit his long trey from the top of the key.

USD point guard Trey Norris drew a foul and made two free throws to pull the Coyotes within one, 67-66, with 51 seconds left. Chris Perez hit a jumper from the side of the basket with 20 seconds left to push the Grifs’ lead back to three.

James called timeout with 16 seconds to go. Norris took the inbounds pass, worked off a high screen and pulled up for 3 from the left side of the key. The shot was short. Baron rebounded and was fouled with five seconds left. His two free throws sealed the win.

Canisius led 21-12 eight minutes into the contest, but the Coyotes pulled within two points, 35-33, before halftime. USD guard Brandon Bos scored 10 of his 13 points in the first half and knocked down three 3-pointers. Tyler Larson’s 10 points off the bench gave USD three double-digit scorers.

Jordan Heath had 12 points on 6 of 9 shooting and added eight rebounds for Canisius. Phil Valenti had a game-high 10 rebounds to go with six points.

Recent Headlines

in National

Jobless claims signal firmer labor market

Job seekers adjust their paperwork as they wait in line to attend a job fair in New York February 28, 2013.

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, suggesting the labor market continued to strengthen.

in National

Accused Boston bomber appears in court

In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is depicted sitting in federal court in Boston Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, for a final hearing before his trial begins in January. Tsarnaev is charged with the April 2013 attack that killed three people and injured more than 260. He could face the death penalty if convicted.

The Boston Marathon bombing suspect told a judge that he was satisfied with his lawyers' preparations for the January start of his trial over the deadly 2013 attack.

in Agriculture

NFU Leader Applauds President For Cuba Action

IMG_0419

President Obama has announced a series of executive actions to ease financial restrictions on trade with Cuba. Under the order,…

in Local

Scholarship Program Announced

Dennis Daugaard

Workforce development continues to be a critical issue in South Dakota as employers struggle to find qualified workers to fill skilled positions.

in Local

Ag Property Taxes On Legislative Agenda

state capitol pierre

The South Dakota legislature will have to again deal with property taxes on ag land.