USD Men’s Basketball Tops Western Illinois

(From the USD sports desk)

VERMILLION, S.D. – The South Dakota men’s basketball team held the Summit League’s top team in terms of field goal percentage to just 32.7 percent from the field as the Coyotes topped Western Illinois 62-50 Wednesday inside the Sanford Coyote Sports Center.

South Dakota scored its final 12 points at the free throw line, going 12-for-13 from the charity stripe over the final 2:17 of action. South Dakota, 14-4 overall, improves to 2-0 in the Summit League for just the second time.

Western Illinois, who entered the game shooting 50.5 percent from the field to rank first in the conference, falls to 8-5 overall and 0-1 in league action.

Mooney ended with a team-high 14 points while Burch-Manning tallied a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds. Nick Fuller added 10 points. Kobe Webster led Western Illinois with 19 points as Ancrum had his own double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds.

The Leathernecks made 18-of-55 of their field goal attempts for 32.7 percent and hit just 4-of-24 3-point attempts. The Coyotes forced 15 turnovers and scored 21 points off those turnovers. In the rebounding game, South Dakota had a 46-34 advantage and totaled 15 offensive rebounds, scoring 21 second chance points.

South Dakota closes its four-game homestand hosting North Dakota State at 1 p.m. Saturday. The Coyotes will look to avenge their only loss inside the Sanford Coyote Sports Center, a 70-69 setback to the Bison last season.