(From the USD sports desk)
SAN JOSE, Calif. – A career-high 27 points from Tyler Hagedorn and a strong second half carried the South Dakota men’s basketball team to a 76-62 victory Sunday at San Jose State.
The Coyotes improve to 11-3 on the season, their best start in the Division I era. San Jose State falls to 2-8 on the year.
Hagedorn tallied six-made 3-point baskets and went 8-of-16 from the field for the game-high 27 points, leading four Coyotes in double digits. Matt Mooney scored 18 points as Trey Burch-Manning and Carlton Hurst each added 11 points.
Trailing 37-33 at halftime, the Coyotes turned in a second half that saw USD shoot 52 percent from the field after shooting 37 percent in the first half. South Dakota then cruised to the final score of 76-62, winning its fourth-straight game.
The Coyotes scored 28 points off 22 Spartan turnovers and hit 11 3-point baskets, shooting 50 percent from long range. Mooney hit four treys while Burch-Manning added one. Hurst tallied his 11 points on 2-of-3 shooting and sinking seven free throws. USD picked up its first win against Mountain West opponent since defeating Wyoming on Dec. 1, 2010.
South Dakota closes its three-game West Coast road trip Tuesday at UCLA. The game is scheduled for an 8 p.m. (CST) start in Pauley Pavilion and will be shown on Pac-12 Networks.