(From the USD sports desk)
MACOMB, Ill. – A 20-3 run midway through the first half propelled the South Dakota men’s basketball team to an 80-54 victory over Western Illinois Thursday in Macomb, Illinois.
Tyler Hagedorn tallied a game-high 19 points while Matt Mooney scored in double figures for the 15th-straight game with 12 points. Tyler Peterson was the final Coyote in double-digit scoring with 10 points.
South Dakota improves to 19-6 overall and 7-2 in the Summit League while Western Illinois falls to 10-11, 1-7. Hagedorn and Burch-Manning each tallied a game-high nine rebounds while Joshua Doss came off the bench for a career-best seven rebounds to go with seven points.
C.J. Duff led Western Illinois with 13 points while the Coyotes’ defense held the Leathernecks leading scorer Kobe Webster to just nine points. He came into the game averaging 20.3 points in Summit League contests.
South Dakota held Western Illinois to 29.8 percent shooting on 17-of-57 field goal attempts, the lowest field-goal percentage the Coyotes have held a Division I team to this year. The Leathernecks entered the contest ranked second in the Summit League making 48.1 percent of their field goal attempts.
The Coyotes sweep the season series for the second-straight season and have now won nine of the last 10 meetings with Western Illinois. South Dakota travels to North Dakota State to close out a three-game road trip Saturday. Tip-off from Fargo is slated for 2 p.m. inside the Scheels Center.