(From the USD sports desk)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After a wild first half, the South Dakota men’s basketball team settled into a rhythm in the second half to defeat UMKC 82-63 Thursday night in Kansas City, Missouri. South Dakota improves to 7-2 on the season as UMKC, of the Western Athletic Conference, falls to 3-6.
South Dakota used a 16-3 run in the second half to turn an eight-point lead into a 21-point advantage with 11:51 remaining in the game. Matt Mooney tallied a game-high 30 points while Nick Fuller scored a career-high 15 points in the victory. Carlton Hurst ended the game with 11 points and Trey Burch-Manning nearly had a double-double with 14 rebounds and eight points.
South Dakota dominated the boards, outrebounding the home team 46-27, including 12 offensive rebounds. Xavier Bishop led the Roos with 16 points with Jordan Giles tallying 12 points and Aleer Leek scoring 10 points. UMKC shot 37.5 percent from the field for the game on 21-of-56 shot attempts.
South Dakota remains on the road for a 2:30 p.m. (CST) contest at No. 1 Duke.