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Denver (7-8) at South Dakota (5-9)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 11, 6 p.m. (ET)

FACTS & STATS: Site: DakotaDome (10,000) -- Vermillion, South Dakota. Television: FCS, MidcoSN. Home Record: Denver 4-2, South Dakota 4-1. Away Record: Denver 2-4, South Dakota 1-7. Neutral Record: Denver 1-2, South Dakota 0-1. Conference Record: Denver 0-0, South Dakota 0-0. Series Record: Denver leads, 2-1.

GAME NOTES: The Denver Pioneers have made the trek to the DakotaDome to face the South Dakota Coyotes in the Summit League opener for both teams on Saturday night.

South Dakota last took the floor last Saturday when it routed Iowa Wesleyan, 86-52, at the DakotaDome.

Tyler Flack scored a season-high 16 points and Trevor Gruis added 15 points for the Coyotes, who have won two straight following a stretch in which they lost six in a row.

Brandon Bos and Adam Thoseby scored 12 points each for South Dakota, which shot better than 50 percent from the field.

The Coyotes put the game out of reach early, as they buried six first-half 3- pointers and led 47-29 at the break. South Dakota continued to cruise in the second half.

Bos leads the Coyotes in scoring at 12.9 ppg, despite shooting just 39 percent from the field. He is aided by strong free-throw shooting, hitting 86.4 percent of his attempts. Gruis is next in scoring with 12.1 ppg, and he leads the team in rebounding with 6.5 rpg. The big man makes up for Bos' shooting deficiencies by hitting nearly 59 percent of his total shots.

This will be the third game of a five-game homestand for South Dakota, which has won four of five at home this season.

Denver comes into tonight's contest, its first in the Summit League, having alternated wins and losses over the last six outings. Most recently, the Pioneers fell to Saint Joseph's in a 53-52 final last Saturday.

Jalen Love scored 20 points for Denver, which had a chance to win the game. Trailing by two in the waning moments, a 3-point shot by Marcus Byrd went in and out, and a Chris Udofia follow was blocked.

Udofia finished with nine points and a team-high seven rebounds for the Pioneers, who are just 2-4 on the road this season.

Brett Olson leads the team in scoring at 14.2 ppg, while Udofia is next with 12.8 ppg and 5.9 rpg. Cam Griffin is the team's leading rebounder with 7.0 rpg.

Denver, as a team, averages just 65.3 ppg compared to 72 ppg for South Dakota. The Pioneers will have trouble keeping up with their new conference foe, especially on the road.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: South Dakota 69, Denver 63

01/11 11:19:00 ET

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Local
Final
CHA 104
LAL 103
Final
GT 49
UNC 81
Final
CLEM 61
NCSU 66
 
Final
DET 15
BAL 2
 
Final
MIA 7
MIAFLA 1
 
Final
PHI 5
NYY 5
 
Final
BOS 2
NEASTERN 1
 
Final
TOR 7
PIT 8
 
Final
CIN 10
CLE 0
 
Final
OAK 9
SFG 4
 
Final
BOS 1
BOSTONCOLL 0
 
Final
ARI 4
ASU 0
 
Final
CLE 110
BOS 79
Final
CHA 104
LAL 103
Final
NYK 86
SAC 124
Final
ATL 104
HOU 96
Final
MEM 82
UTA 93
Final
CHI 97
WAS 92
4th
DEN 98
MIL 91
 
Final
UMO 70
AKR 63
 
Final
NAVY 56
ARMY 52
 
Final
BST 60
EMICH 67
 
Final
BUT 54
GEOR 60
Final
IND 63
IOWA 77
Final
FLGC 81
JVU 63
 
Final
USCU 90
KNST 54
 
Final
BGU 80
KSU 81
 
Final
NKENTUCKY 73
LIP 76
 
Final
HC 62
GHND 45
 
Final
RUTG 50
MD 60
Final
GT 49
UNC 81
Final
BUF 93
OHIO 66
 
Final
ALA 74
MISS 82
Final
DAY 75
RIU 59
Final
CMICH 85
TOL 77
 
Final
DET 77
YOUNG 67
Final
UNF 81
STET 67
 
Final
ABCHRIST 83
HOUB 71
 
Final
NDAK 78
NEOM 80
 
Final
NILL 65
WMICH 63
 
Final
ILLCH 60
WRST 57
Final
MIZZ 63
AUB 61
 
2nd
UGA 62
KENT 68
 
1st OT
NW 68
MICH 71
 
Final
CLEM 61
NCSU 66
 
2nd
UF 65
TEXAM 60
 
2nd
KU 51
WVU 57
 
2nd
CREI 62
VILL 65
 
Final
PHI 2
CAL 3
Final
NJD 3
NAS 1
Final
CLB 3
WAS 5
Final
TAM 3
BUF 0
Final
FLA 2
TOR 3
Final
MIN 3
OTT 2
1st OT
DAL 2
NYI 2
 
3rd
ARI 1
ANA 3
 
2nd
VAN 1
SJS 3