South Dakota men roll to 95-45 victory

South Dakota men roll to 95-45 victory The University of South Dakota men's basketball team (2-0) rolled to a 95-45 win over Minnesota-Morris (1-4) on Monday night, Dec. 2, at the DakotaDome before 1,222.

South Dakota improved its overall series record to 7-1 against Minnesota-Morris. The Coyotes extended their home nonconference winning streak to 63 straight games, dating back to the 1991-92 season. Head coach Dave Boots is now 80-1 in home nonconference games. In addition, the Coyotes have now won 41 of their last 42 nonconference games.

Minnesota-Morris grabbed an early 3-0 lead but after that South Dakota dominated action. South Dakota led 48-25 at halftime and then outscored the visitors 47-20 in the second half.

The Coyotes put the game away with a 37-8 spurt during a 12-minute stretch late in the first half through the opening six minutes of the second stanza.

Leading the way for South Dakota was junior forward Doug Hanson, Meckling, who had 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Hanson hit eight of nine field goals. Junior forward Derek Paben, Pickrell, NE, had 10 points, six rebounds and two steals.

Senior forward Tommie King, Seattle, WA, chipped in with 19 points and eight rebounds. King hit nine of 13 shots from the field.

Sophomore guard Zach Fortune, Bellevue, NE, had his second consecutive double figure scoring game, dropping in 13 points to go with six assists and four rebounds. He also had three baskets from beyond the 3-point arc.

Sophomore guard Josh Mueller, Hartford, had 7 points, nine assists and three steals. Sophomore guard Luke Tibbetts had 8 points, three rebounds, three assists, three blocks and three steals.

Overall, South Dakota hit 37 of 83 field goals for 44.6 percent. The Coyotes were eight of 27 from the 3 point line (29.6 percent) and hit 13 of 18 free throws for 72.2 percent. South Dakota had a commanding 58-33 advantage in rebounds.

The Coyotes had seven blocks, 14 steals and 27 assists.

Minnesota-Morris was led by David Holler who had 14 points and seven rebounds while Jon Lang had 10 points. The Cougars hit 15 of 57 field goals for 26.3 percent. They were just one of 13 from the 3-point line. Minnesota-Morris made 14 of 17 free throws for 82.4 percent.

South Dakota was in action again on Wednesday when they hosted William Penn.The game followed the South Dakota women's game with Minnesota-Morris in the DakotaDome.

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