News and notes from a busy weekend for University of South Dakota athletics.
** For as much buildup as Saturday’s football showdown between North Dakota and USD got (rightfully so), the actual game was even more exciting. Quick synopsis: Coyotes led 17-7, game then tied at 17, Sioux then led 31-17, game then tied at 31, headed to overtime, USD misses field goal, UND makes theirs. Sioux win 34-31.
** In a matchup between former North Central Conference foes, the USD women’s basketball team took it to Minnesota-Duluth on Saturday, winning 76-52. It was the third and final game for the Coyotes at Vermillion High School, as USD moves over to the DakotaDome for Monday night’s matchup with Mount Marty College. These USD-MMC games always get a lot of local interest, and even though the Coyotes are now at the Division I level, I really hope this Highway 50 series continue to be scheduled.
** In the weekend’s shocking result, Post University (Conn.) defeated the USD men’s basketball team 104-92 at the Mankato Tip-Off Tournament on Saturday. Post shot 61 percent from the field in the second half and scored a ridiculous 40 points in the game’s final 10:14. Freshman Brandon Romain came off the bench to score 41 points in the win. For the Coyotes (1-3), junior Tyler Cain scored 33 points and had 14 points in what was the biggest game of his career.
** And in USD-related news, former Coyote player and assistant coach Joe Glenn was fired as the head coach at the University of Wyoming, where he spent six seasons. Sadly, the news isn’t all that surprising, especially considering the Cowboys were 4-8 this season (1-7 in the Mountain West Conference). It’ll be interesting to see where Glenn winds up now.
** Also, yours truly made a weekly radio appearance on Sports Weekly, a student-run show over at USD. You can listen to it right here. Drew Quandt, Justin Rust and I talked about Coyote football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball.