Coyotes go to 3-0 with win over Mount Marty

Coyotes go to 3-0 with win over Mount Marty The University of South Dakota Coyote men's basketball team, 3-0, continued its winning ways in the 2000-01 season with a 87-54 win over Mount Marty, 1-3, in nonconference action at the DakotaDome on Tuesday night.

The Coyotes jumped to a 10-3 lead on a pair of 3-pointers by junior Paul Marshall, who tied for a team-high 21 points. The Coyotes moved ahead 17-7 at the 13:19 mark of the first half on a pair of free throws by junior Jimmie Foster, who also had 21 points.

A field goal by Mount Marty's Bryce Boyd cut the lead to 23-18 with 8:10 to play in the first half, but that is as close as the Lancers would get.

A 3-pointer by Foster upped the Coyote advantage to 28-20 at the 6:48 mark and a lay-up by junior Eric Hickenbottom gave the Coyotes a 10-point lead with 4:56 to play in the opening half. Foster converted a 3-pointer in the closing seconds on a lay-up and free throw as the Coyotes led 43-31 at the break.

The Coyotes opened the second half with a 10-0 run to increase their advantage to 53-31 at the 18:03 mark of the second half and South Dakota was on its way to the victory. Marshall scored 8 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, during that run. A dunk by junior Scott Hansen gave the Coyotes a 61-39 lead with 14:58 to play.

South Dakota increased the lead to 70-43 with 6:38 to play when senior Jeremy Kudera nailed a 3-pointer. The lead grew to 81-51 on a lay-up by freshman Richard Ross, which was followed by a 3-pointer by Hansen with 1:06 to play for a 84-51 lead. Mount Marty's Corey Heien hit a 3-pointer, which was answered by Ross as the game ended.

South Dakota hit 32-64 shots for 50 percent and converted 11-27 three pointers (.407) and 12-23 free throws (.522).

Hansen had 19 points as he hit double figures for the second straight game. Kudera had 5 points and a game-high 12 rebounds for the Coyotes who held a 45-30 rebound advantage. The Coyotes had an 18-9 edge in offensive rebounds. Senior point guard Nate Tibbetts had 12 assists and three steals.

South Dakota will host Rochester College on Saturday at 3 p.m. in the DakotaDome.

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