Coyote men defeat DWU 76-57 Sunday

Coyote men defeat DWU 76-57 Sunday The South Dakota men's basketball team (7-1) put together one of its best defensive performances of the season and rolled to a 75-40 win over Bellevue University (8-5) before 2,662 in attendance at the DakotaDome Dec. 14.

The Coyotes limited the visiting Bruins to 27.8 percent from field (15-54), permitting just 15 field goals and 40 points. Bellevue hit just six of 21 three-point field goals for 28.6 percent and just four of 10 free throws.

The Coyotes recorded a season high seven blocked shots while picking up 10 steals and forcing 20 turnovers in the win. Freshman forward J.D. Roberts (Ponca, NE) led the Coyotes with 13 points as he made six of seven field goals. Sophomore forward Steve Anderson (Rapid City) added 11 points, seven rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot while freshman point guard Josh Mueller (Hartford) provided 11 points, eight assists, five rebounds and two steals.

In a balanced attack, senior forward Jimmie Foster (Milwaukee, WI) added nine points, two blocks and two steals while hitting four of six field goals. Senior shooting guard Paul Marshall (Winnebago, IL) also scored nine points for the Coyotes.

While South Dakota's defense put the clamps on Bellevue, the offense was on fire. The Coyotes made 27 of 48 field goals for 56.3 percent, which was their best shooting performance this season. South Dakota made seven of 21 three-point field goals, including two by Marshall who moved into 14th place on the Coyotes' all-time three-point field goal chart with 84. South Dakota made 14 of 22 free throws for 63.6 percent.

South Dakota took control of the game from the opening tip. South Dakota jumped to a 12-3 lead when senior forward Scott Hansen (Coleridge, NE) made one of two free throws at the 14:17 mark. Bellevue fought back within 16-12 on a jumper by T.J. Flanagan at the 10:33 mark. From that point on, the Coyotes outscored the Bruins 20-8 to take a commanding 36-20 advantage at halftime.

The Coyotes made 53.8 percent of their field goals in the first half, converting 14 of 26 shots. They were just three of 12 from the three-point line for 25 percent. The Coyotes made five of six first half free throws. Roberts scored 10 points to lead the Coyotes. Bellevue was just eight of 30 from the field for 26.7 percent in the opening stanza and four of 12 from three-point range for 33.3 percent. They did not have a free throw attempt in the opening half.

The second half was very much like the first half as the Coyotes opened up a 48-22 lead as Foster scored a pair of inside baskets, including a lay-up off a feed from Mueller at the 16:22 mark. The Coyotes grabbed a 59-32 lead at the 8:10 mark when freshman guard Luke Tibbetts (Sioux Falls) hit a free throw. A three-point basket by senior forward Eric Hickenbottom (Agency, IA) at the 2:13 mark extended the lead to 69-37. Another basket by Hickenbottom, with :30 seconds to play, gave USD a 74-38 lead and their largest lead of the game � 36 points.

The Coyotes outrebounded the visitors, 38-29.

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