USD sets school record with 18 3-pointers vs. Presentation

USD sets school record with 18 3-pointers vs. Presentation The No. 6 ranked South Dakota Coyotes (15-2, 8-1 in the NCC) set a new school record for 3-point baskets in a game as they cruised to a 92-44 nonconference win over the Presentation College Saints at the DakotaDome on Monday night, Jan. 22.

The Coyotes made 18 of 41 3-point baskets for 43.9 percent. The 18 3-point baskets set a school record, breaking the mark of 16 against Augustana in 1991-92 and 16 against North Dakota in 1994-95.

Freshman guard Richard Ross hit four baskets from 3-point range and had a game-high 16 points to lead the Coyotes to the win. Coyote senior forward Jeremy Kudera hit five of seven 3-point shots for 15 points while junior Eric Hickenbottom and junior forward Scott Hansen each added 12 points for the Coyotes.

The game with Presentation College (0-22), which is dually affiliated with the NAIA Division II in the Midwest Independent League and the National Small College Association, was scheduled as a make-up game for the Macalester College contest that was canceled due to weather conditions in December.

With the win, the Coyotes have now won 54 straight nonconference home basketball games dating back to the 1991-92 season.

In the first half, the Coyotes hit just 14 of 37 shots for 37.8 percent. They were eight of 22 from 3-point range for 36.4 percent and two of four from the foul line.

The Coyotes jumped to a 6-0 lead on a pair of 3-point baskets by Kudera. Presentation fought back to 11-9 when Darrin Lorenz hit a pair of foul shots. But the Saints did not get any closer.

The Coyotes outscored the visitors, 27-6, to close the half and grab a 38-15 halftime lead.

In the second half, the Coyotes shot the ball much better as they made 18 of 32 shots for 56.2 percent and were 10 of 19 from 3-point range. South Dakota opened up a 55-25 lead on a 3-point goal by Hickenbottom at the 13:53 mark of the second half.

The lead grew to 71-36 on a 3-pointer by Kudera. The Coyotes went ahead 83-39 when Hickenbottom hit a jumper with 3:37 to play. The Coyotes had a 92-42 lead before Prentis Sizer of the Saints hit a field goal with 24 seconds left in the game.

Overall, the Coyotes were 32 of 69 from the field for 46.4 percent. They also hit 10 of 14 free throws for 71.4 percent. Freshman Steve Anderson had 9 points and five rebounds while Paul Marshall, Nate Tibbetts and Jason Barrow added 8 points each. Tibbetts had five assists. Travis James had a career high 11 assists and seven rebounds in his 24 minutes of action. South Dakota won the rebound battle, 41-36.

Presentation hit 12 of 47 field goals for 25.5 percent, including six of 19 3-point baskets for 31.6 percent. They were 14 of 19 from the free throw line for 73.7 percent. The Saints received 8 points from both Sizer and Mitchell. Mike Beavers led the Saints with six rebounds.

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