(From the USD sports desk)
VERMILLION, S.D. – Five players in double-digit scoring led the South Dakota men’s basketball team to an 86-69 victory over Fort Wayne Thursday night inside the Sanford Coyote Sports Center.
Matt Mooney and Triston Simpson each tallied a team-high 17 points while Nick Fuller came off the bench for 14 points. Tyler Hagedorn and Tyler Peterson each added 10 points for the Coyotes who outscored the Mastodons 58-32 in the paint. Mooney totaled a career-high nine assists.
The Coyotes improve to 21-6 overall and 9-2 in the Summit League as Fort Wayne falls to 16-11 overall and 5-5 in league play. South Dakota shot a season-best 61 percent from the field on 36-of-59 field goal attempts while holding Fort Wayne to 37.3 percent on 25-of-67 shot attempts. Scott scored 23 points for Fort Wayne.
Konchar tallied a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds. For the second time this year, South Dakota put five players in double-figure scoring and nearly had a sixth with Burch-Manning scoring eight points. Hagedorn nearly had the double-double for the Coyotes with nine rebounds to go along with his 10 points as South Dakota held a 37-32 rebounding edge.
South Dakota takes a side step out of Summit League action on Sunday hosting Peru State at 1 p.m.