When the UND men's basketball team put up a shot Saturday afternoon against South Dakota, the Fighting Hawks were in good shape.
UND shot better than 45 percent from the field and 38 percent from the 3-point line.
The problem was that too many UND possessions ended without a shot.
The Hawks committed 20 turnovers en route to an 82-68 loss to South Dakota in front of 1,670 at Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.
UND dropped to 11-14 overall and 5-6 in the Summit League, while USD improved to 18-8 and 8-3.
The Hawks hadn't committed 20 turnovers since Nov. 19, against Milwaukee. It was the third time this season UND committed 20 turnovers.
"That was a big key for them tonight that they took advantage of us," UND senior point guard Marlon Stewart said. "We've just got to be tougher. We'll get back to the drawing board."
South Dakota turned it over just 11 times and held a 19-7 advantage in points off turnovers. The Coyotes also had a 40-24 edge in points in the paint, as UND struggled inside with foul trouble.
UND center Filip Rebraca, who sat out Thursday's win over Oral Roberts with a lower-body injury, returned to the starting lineup against the Coyotes.
Rebraca had nine points, four rebounds and six turnovers before leaving the game after re-aggravating the injury with 12 minutes left in the second half.
UND coach Paul Sather didn't know the extent of Rebraca's injury after the game.
"It's something he's fighting through right now, so I don't think it's really severe but I don't know at this point in time," Sather said. "We'll know more tomorrow."
USD was led by four players in double figures, led by Tyler Hagedorn with 15 points. Stanley Umude, Triston Simpson and Tyler Peterson each added 13 points.
UND was paced by 23 points from Stewart, who scored in double figures for the 17th straight game and surpassed 20 points for the fourth consecutive game. Freshman De'Sean Allen-Eikens added 18 points and seven rebounds, while Kienan Walter chipped in 10.
"We didn't have a lot of poise early," Sather said. "USD put us in positions we weren't comfortable in for whatever reason. We had 12 turnovers in the first half, and we just shouldn't have that. I thought we were past some of that, but (turnovers) reared their head Thursday and really reared their head tonight. That's on us."
Despite UND's sloppy play and foul trouble, the Fighting Hawks were still in it halfway through the second half.
Marko Coudreau put back an offensive rebound and Stewart hit a pull-up jumper to pull UND within 57-53 with 9:30 to go.
But the Hawks went scoreless for the next three and a half minutes as the Coyotes went on a 12-0 run.