(From the USD sports desk)
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The South Dakota men’s basketball team won the opening tip and never looked back in an 81-53 victory over the Horizon League’s Youngstown State Sunday afternoon inside the Sanford Pentagon.
Brandon Armstrong tallied a career-high 16 points while Matt Mooney scored 14 and Tyler Peterson 10 points as USD shot 54.4 percent from the field for the game.
South Dakota (6-2) shot 61.5 percent (16-of-26) from the field in the first half to jump out to a 21-point halftime advantage. Mooney swished a 3-point basket on the game’s opening possession as the Coyotes quickly jumped out to a 7-2 lead over Youngstown State (2-5).
South Dakota continued to cruise in the second half and opened the largest lead of the game at 29 points after utilizing a 10-2 run late in the game. Nick Fuller scored on a layup with 6:33 remaining in the contest, with the run ending on an old-fashioned 3-point play from Joshua Doss.
South Dakota travels to former Summit League foe UMKC on Thursday for a 7 p.m. tipoff. The game is being played on the UMKC campus inside the Swinney Recreation Center.