Coyotes shoot their way to 10th victory The University of South Dakota (10-1, 2-1 in the NCC) knocked down 13 of 21 3-point baskets and received a career high 28 points from freshman point guard Josh Mueller to earn a 90-73 win over Augustana (7-4, 0-3 in the NCC) on Dec. 29 in the DakotaDome.
The Coyotes won their fifth straight game as they hit 31 of 57 field goals for 54.4 percent.
Mueller had three of the 3-point bombs while senior forward Eric Hickenbottom hit a career-best 19 points, including five of five from 3-point range. Scott Hansen also contributed three, 3-point shots as South Dakota moved to 2-1 in the NCC.
Mueller hit 11 of 15 field goals, including three of five 3-point shots and three of five free throws. He also handed out five assists and had two steals. Meanwhile, Hickenbottom was nearly perfect from the field as he hit six of seven field goals.
Senior shooting guard Paul Marshall also tallied 19 points by hitting six of 10 field goals and was six of seven from the free throw line.
In all, the Coyotes hit 31 of 57 field goals for 54.4 percent. They were 15 of 19 from the free throw line for 78.9 percent.
South Dakota hit 15 of 28 field goals for 53.6 percent in the first half as Mueller hit seven of nine field goals and had 16 points. Marshall added 12 points. The Coyotes were four of nine from 3-point range and eight of nine from the free throw line.
Augustana hit just 10 of 33 field goals for 30.3 percent and they were just five of 16 from 3-point range. Matt Wilber, who had 8 points in the opening half, led the Vikings.
Augustana won the rebound battle, 43-38 but their shooting woes hurt them. The Vikings hit just 26 of 72 field goals for 36.1 percent. They improved their shooting in the second half by making 16 of 39 field goals for 41 percent.
Still, it was not enough as the Coyotes made 16 of 29 field goals in the second half for 55.2 percent.
Sean Hilgenberg, who had 18 points and eight rebounds, led Augustana. Wilber had 16 points and six rebounds and Burnison contributed 11 points, five rebounds and four assists.