South Dakota men’s basketball team holds off BYU, 69-68

Cougars lose in Salt Lake City matinee.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Brigham Young Cougars guard Dallin Hall (30) reacts after a controversial call by the official, in basketball action between the Brigham Young Cougars and the South Dakota Coyotes, at Vivint Arena, in Salt Lake City, on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022.

Kruz Perrott-Hunt’s 26 points helped South Dakota defeat BYU 69-68 on Saturday afternoon at Vivint Arena.

A.J. Plitzuweit’s two free throws gave South Dakota a five-point lead with 18 seconds left. BYU closed the gap to one with seven seconds remaining and though the Coyotes missed a pair of free throws they held on to win after a BYU 3-point try missed.

Perrott-Hunt was 7-of-13 shooting, including 4 for 5 from distance, and went 8 for 8 from the line for the Coyotes (5-4). Paul Bruns added 15 points while shooting 4 for 10 (3 for 7 from 3-point range) and 4 of 6 from the free-throw line, and he also had six rebounds. Tasos Kamateros had nine points while adding six rebounds.

The Cougars (5-4) were led by Rudi Williams, who recorded 20 points and three steals. BYU also got 14 points, six assists and two steals from Dallin Hall. Fousseyni Traore finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds.