Coyotes open with 98-70 victory over S.D. Tech

Coyotes open with 98-70 victory over S.D. Tech The third-ranked South Dakota men's basketball team opened the 2003-04 season with a 98-70 victory over South Dakota Tech Friday afternoon in front of 1,752 at the DakotaDome in Vermillion.

The Coyotes were led by junior Josh Mueller who had 19 points, including knocking down 5-of-8 from 3-point range.

USD forced the Hardrockers into 26 turnovers, which is the most turnovers South Dakota has forced since the 2001-02 season when Western State turned the ball over 27 times (Dec. 1, 2001).

South Dakota took a 50-29 lead into the halftime break by knocking down 56.3 percent of its shots from the field (18-of-32) in the opening stanza. Early on in the first half, the game was tied at 17-17 with 13:40 to play, but USD went on a 15-2 run over the next six minutes to take control of the game, 32-17.

In the second half, the Coyotes pushed their lead to as many as 34 points after an 18-4 run over a six minute span that gave USD a 91-57 advantage with 3:32 to play.

In addition to Mueller, four other Coyotes scored in double figures. Senior Derek Paben knocked down 7-of-11 shots from the field for 17 points. Sophomore Turner Trofholz scored a career-high 15 points and led USD with nine rebounds.

Junior transfer Vincent McGill scored 14 points in his debut for the Coyotes, while senior guard Doug Hanson added 10 points.

Junior Steve Anderson had 6 points, six rebounds and six assists in his first game since the 2001-02 season. Anderson redshirted last season with a foot injury.

South Dakota Tech, which dropped to 4-2 on the season, was led in scoring by Justin Vangraefshepe with 24 points.

For the game, USD hit 49.3 percent of its shots from the floor (34-of-69), while South Dakota Tech connected on 44.1 percent from the field (26-of-59). The Coyotes knocked down 10-of-30 three-pointers and 20-of-26 from the foul line (76.9 percent).

The Coyotes will travel to Brookings this holiday weekend for a pair of games at the South Dakota State Thanksgiving Classic. On Friday, the Coyotes will take on Tampa, before meeting up with Bemidji State on Saturday. Both games at Frost Arena will start at 6 p.m.

Last Saturday night, USD improved to 2-0 on the season with an 86-65 win over Wayne State in Wayne, NE.

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