Coyotes pick up 97-79 win over St. Cloud State

Coyotes pick up 97-79 win over St. Cloud State USD's Doug Hanson looks to pass the ball to a teammate after grabbing a rebound Saturday. Hanson contributed 11 points, five assists and four rebounds. The South Dakota men's basketball team (12-6, 2-4 NCC) picked up its second straight victory with a 97-79 win over St. Cloud Saturday night in front of 3,609 fans at the DakotaDome.

Senior forward Tommie King (Seattle, WA) scored a game-high 32 points on 14-of-17 shooting to lead the way for the Coyotes. This was the second consecutive game King totaled 32 points.

King was joined by four other Coyotes in double figures; including sophomore forward Turner Trofholz (Schuyler, NE), who had 20 points and 14 rebounds.

Junior guard Josh Mueller (Hartford) had 16 points and 12 assists, while senior forward Derek Paben also poured in 16 points. Paben, a native of Pickrell, NE, hit 4-of-6 3-pointers on the night.

Senior guard Doug Hanson (Meckling) rounded out USD's five players in double figures with 11 points, five assists and four rebounds.

For the game, South Dakota shot 61.3 percent from the field (37-of-60), including connecting on 83.3 percent from the floor in the second half (20-of-24). The Coyotes held St. Cloud State to just 34.2 percent shooting for the game (26-of-76).

USD, which hit 16-of-17 free throws for the game, outrebounded St. Cloud State, 42-37.

The Huskies were led in scoring by Alex Carlson, who had 21 points on 7-of-16 shooting.

South Dakota returns to action next Saturday, Jan. 31, taking on Nebraska-Omaha at the DakotaDome starting at 8 p.m.

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