USD men defeat Wayne State 88-63

USD men defeat Wayne State 88-63 After a slow start, the South Dakota Coyotes men's basketball team (1-0) turned on the gas and cruised to a 88-63 season opening win over Wayne State (0-1) at the DakotaDome before 3,200.

The win was the Coyotes' 58th straight home nonconference victory. Head Coach Dave Boots has a 75-1 record in home nonconference games in his career at South Dakota.

South Dakota sophomore guard Josh Mueller, Hartford, recorded a double double with 16 points and 10 assists. Mueller, who had six steals, made six of 10 field goals, including four of six from beyond the 3-point arc. He was one of six Coyotes in double figures.

Sophomore guard Zach Fortune, Bellevue, NE, had 14 points, two assists and three rebounds. He made seven of eight free throws in his first action as a Coyote. Freshman Turner Trofholz, Schuyler, NE, made six of seven field goals, grabbed three rebounds and had three assists.

Senior forward Tommie King, Seattle, WA, made six of 10 field goals and scored 12 points. Junior guard Doug Hanson, Meckling, had 11 points and seven rebounds while junior forward Derek Paben, Pickrell, NE, had 10 points, seven rebounds, three blocks and two steals.

Overall South Dakota hit 32 of 59 field goals, including 10 of 19 (52.6 percent) from the 3-point arc. The Coyotes were 14 of 17 from the free throw line for 82.4 percent. The Coyotes had 15 steals, 21 assists and four blocked shots.

South Dakota broke from a 15-15 tie by going on a 12-0 run to gain control of the game in the first half. USD led 49-30 at halftime.

Mueller scored 14 points in the first half, including all four of his 3-point baskets. Trofholz had 11 points and Fortune scored 8. In the first 20 minutes, USD hit 15 of 29 field goals for 51.7 percent, including eight of 14 from beyond the arc. USD was 11 of 13 for 84.6 percent from the free throw line.

Wayne State, led by Derek Archer's 8 points, hit 12 of 27 field goals for 44.4 percent in the opening half. They were three of seven from the 3-point line and three of nine from the free throw line.

In the second half, Wayne State cut the margin to 59-45 on a 3-point basket by Dusty Smith at the 13:41 mark. That was as close as the Wildcats would get on the night.

At the 8:51 mark, the Coyotes took off on a 14-2 run to move ahead 80-55 (4:21) and were never seriously threatened the rest of the game.

Wayne State was led by Todd Klosterman, who scored 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Derek Archer had 10 points for the Wildcats. Overall,

Wayne State made 23 of 53 field goals for 43.4 percent. They hit four of 14 from 3- point range and 13 of 22 from the foul line.

USD won the rebound battle, 37-29.

USD returns to action on Dec. 2 at home against Minnesota-Morris. Gametime is 7 p.m. at the DakotaDome.

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