USD Men’s Basketball Dominates Drake

(From the USD sports desk)

VERMILLION, S.D. – A 22-3 run in the second half carried the South Dakota men’s basketball team to a 93-65 victory over Drake Wednesday night in Vermillion. The Coyotes improve to 8-3 on the season, and a perfect 4-0 inside the Sanford Coyote Sports Center, while Drake falls to 4-4.

Four Coyotes scored in double-digits led by Triston Simpson with 18 points, matching a career-high. Trey Burch-Manning added 17 points, Tyler Hagedorn 16 points and Matt Mooney 14 points as USD shot 56.9 percent from the field.

In a back-and-forth first half featuring 10 lead changes, South Dakota entered the locker room with a 47-43 lead.  Midway through the second half, the Coyotes took control of the game utilizing the 22-3 run. South Dakota scored 27 points off 18 Drake turnovers, while dominating the paint with 40 points.

The Bulldogs tallied 24 points in the paint, but had just four in the second half. The Coyotes scored a season-high 11 treys in the contest and had 18 assists on 37-made field goals. Tyler Peterson had a career-best six assists. Burch-Manning nearly had a double-double as he tallied a game-high nine rebounds to go along with his 17 points.

South Dakota remains on its home floor with a 1 p.m. tipoff Sunday against Eastern Washington.