VERMILLION, S.D. - Dylan Grimsley's 21 points and 10 rebounds led South Dakota past Minnesota State University Moorhead 75-63 in men's basketball Sunday at the DakotaDome.
MSUM head coach Stu Engen said Grimsley, a 6-foot-6 guard who transferred from Northern Iowa, presented matchup problems for the Dragons.
"The physicality of the game inside is killing this team," Engen said. "They posted up their guards against us. They kind of grinded it out inside against us."
The Coyotes (8-4) led 35-27 at halftime and shot only 36 percent in the second half, but used free throws (17 of 20) in the second half to stay in control.
"They set a lot of on-ball screens and we didn't defend it very well," Engen said.
Jesse Becker added 22 points and Eric Hall 18 for South Dakota.
MSUM grabbed the lead briefly with 12 minutes, 42 seconds left in the second half when Matt Aakre hit a
3-pointer, putting the Dragons ahead 46-45. But the Coyotes went on a 15-6 run to secure the victory.
Grant Fossum scored 20 points and Jamal O'Neal had 15 points and 16 rebounds for MSUM (6-4).
"Jamal's got a quick step," Engen said of O'Neal's rebounding effort. "He just has a nose for the ball. He's quick to the ball and gets his hand on it a lot."
The loss was the second straight road defeat against a North Central Conference team. MSUM lost at Minnesota Duluth 77-70 on Tuesday.
"We played two games against two fully funded NCC schools on the road and we were competitive in both of them," Engen said.
MSUM plays at Mayville State on Dec. 30.