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Post-season tournament hopes take a hit as Roos fall at South Dakota

The men’s basketball team (9-16, 3-10 in Summit League play) fell 79-63 to the South Dakota Coyotes on Saturday night in Vermillion, S.D.

The loss pushed the Roos into a tie with South Dakota for 9th place, a spot below the cutoff for the conference tournament. By virtue of their home-and-home sweep, the Coyotes hold a tie-breaker edge over UMKC.

Senior guard Reggie Chamberlain led the Roos with 19 points while freshman guard Estan Tyler matched his career-high with 12. The Roos shot only 36.7 percent from the floor, including 26.7 percent in the second half. The Coyotes never trailed and shot 50 percent.

The hosts jumped to an 18-10 lead. While the Roos got as close as four points during the first half, they could not handle Coyote guards Charlie Westbooks and Louis Krogman, who totaled 28 and 23 points, respectively.

Chamberlain hit four three-pointers in the first half, but could not prevent the Roos from trailing 46-37.

In the second half, the Roos stayed within striking distance until the hosts went on a 12-1 run to take the largest lead of the night, 65-46 with just 8.57 left.

The Roos mounted one last bid to get within seven points but a 12-3 run wrapped up the win for the Coyotes.

The Roos return to Swinney Recreation Center for showdowns with the North Dakota State Bison on Feb. 9 and the South Dakota State Jackrabbits on Feb. 11.

kmartin@unews.com

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