Coyotes win fourth with 86-36 victory

Coyotes win fourth with 86-36 victory South Dakota received double figure scoring from four players and hit 15 of 21 3-point field goals as the Coyotes rolled to a 86-36 nonconference men's basketball victory over Rochester College at the DakotaDome on Saturday afternoon.

South Dakota, 4-0, won their 30th consecutive nonconference game dating back to the 1996-97 season. In addition, the Coyotes won their 53rd straight home nonconference game and improve to 70-1 in nonconference home games during head coach Dave Boots' tenure.

The only home loss was a 91-85 loss in overtime to Gustavus Adolphus at the DakotaDome during the 1991-92 season.

Against Rochester College, a small college school from Rochester MI, the Coyotes struggled offensively in the first half, hitting just 42 percent (14-33) from the field. However, the Coyotes made 10 of 13 3-point field goals as the Coyotes mounted a 42-21 halftime lead. A 3-pointer by junior Jimmie Foster gave South Dakota a 13-3 lead at the 15:15 mark of the first half.

Rochester made a run at South Dakota, closing to 16-10 on a 3-point play by Mike Robinson at the 12:41 mark. Then, a 3-point basket by Pete Males moved Rochester within 22-17 (8:53), but that was as close as the Warriors would get on the night.

From that point, South Dakota took off on a 19-4 run to end the half as Foster and junior Eric Hickenbottom each scored 5 points.

South Dakota opened up a 51-23 lead at the 16:04 mark following a 9-2 run to open the second half. The Coyotes increased the margin to 66-34 on a lay-up by senior Jeremy Kudera off a feed from senior point guard Nate Tibbetts with 9:48 to play in the game.

South Dakota closed the game with a 20-2 run.

Foster led South Dakota with 15 points by making 6-12 shots including three 3-pointers. He also had five assists and five rebounds.

Senior center Jason Barrow had 13 points and 12 rebounds while junior Paul Marshall knocked home four 3-pointers for 12 points and freshman Richard Ross had 11 points by making all four of his field goals, including a trio of 3-pointers.

Overall South Dakota made 15-21 3-point baskets and 29-59 field goals for 49 percent. The Coyotes were 13-18 from the free throw line for 72 percent.

South Dakota, who outrebounded Rochester 48-24, also received 9 points from junior Scott Hansen. Hickenbottom had 8 points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals while Kudera and freshman forward Steve Anderson each scored 7 points. Tibbetts had six assists for the Coyotes.

Rochester was led in scoring by Mike Robinson with 17 points. The Warriors made just 12 of 50 field goals for 24 percent and were just four of 11 from the 3-point line for 36 percent. They made eight of nine free throws for 89 percent.

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