USD men defeat Morningside 103-75 The South Dakota men's basketball team (14-3, 6-3 in the NCC) had six players score in double figures as the Coyotes rolled to a 103-75 win over Morningside College (3-13, 0-9 in the NCC) at Allee Gym before 1,200 in attendance.
The victory was the Coyotes' sixth win in nine conference starts this season and they sit in third place after the first half of the NCC season.
Freshman guard Josh Mueller scored 22 points, including 12 of 13 from the free throw line, and had a career-best 10 assists to lead the Coyotes. It was Mueller's first career double-double.
Senior shooting guard Paul Marshall tallied 18 points while senior forward Jimmie Foster had 14 points. Sophomore forward Steve Anderson recorded his fifth double-double of the season with 16 points and 14 rebounds.
Senior forward Scott Hansen hit four of six three-pointers and was six of nine from the field as he also had 16 points. Senior forward Eric Hickenbottom chipped in with 10 points.
The Coyotes hit 32 of 56 field goals for 57.1 percent and they were nine of 18 from three-point range for 50 percent. The Coyotes made 30 of 40 free throws for 75 percent.
Morningside hit 28 of 57 field goals for 49.1 percent and they were eight of 27 from the three-point line for 29.6 percent.
They hit 11 of 17 free throws for 64.7 percent. The Mustangs were led in scoring by Mark Roush who had a career high 23 points while Dustin Cooper added 19 and Will Dotson had 10 points.
The victory was the 400th career victory for South Dakota head coach Dave Boots. He is now 400-172 overall, 285-109 at
South Dakota and 163-80 in NCC play.
South Dakota had a 46-31 lead at halftime. The Coyotes were 15 of 32 from the field for 46.9 percent, including five of 10 from the three-point arc. The Coyotes were 11-11 from the free throw line. Leading the way for the Coyotes was Marshall and Hansen with nine points while Mueller and Anderson had eight points. Anderson had 10 rebounds to lead the Coyotes, who had a 17-14 first half advantage on the boards.
The Mustangs hit 14 of 28 field goals for 50 percent, including four of 14 from the three-point line and one of two free throws.
South Dakota opened up their biggest lead of the game at the 17:36 mark of the second half when a pair of free throws by Foster gave South Dakota a 50-33 lead. Marshall hit a three-pointer at the 16:34 mark for a 52-34 lead. Hansen had a pair of scores, including a lay-up off a fast break at the 14:18 mark as the Coyotes increased the lead to 63-41. Later, Marshall hit a jumper and then had a steal and a lay-up at the 8:48 mark for a 77-50 lead.
The Coyotes were never challenged the rest of the half. With less than two minutes to play, Hickenbottom hit a pair of free throws to give South Dakota 100 points for the third time this season.
Next for South Dakota is a road trip to South Dakota State and Augustana. The Coyotes will face NCC leader SDSU on Friday night at approximately 8 p.m. South Dakota will then travel to Sioux Falls for an 8 p.m. game with Augustana on Saturday.