Turner Trofholz leads Coyotes to 105-77 win

Turner Trofholz leads Coyotes to 105-77 win Sophomore forward Turner Trofholz scored a career-high 25 points to lead the fifth-ranked South Dakota men's basketball team (9-1) to a 105-77 nonconference win over Minnesota State Moorhead (6-4) on Saturday night at the Augustana Basketball Classic in Sioux Falls.

Trofholz (Schuyler, NE) hit 12-of-14 field goals and also grabbed seven rebounds to lead USD to its ninth win in 10 outings. Including Trofholz, five Coyotes scored in double figures.

Senior guard Doug Hansen (Meckling) had a season-high 19 points, while doling out five assists and recording a pair of steals. He made 4-of-6 3-point baskets as South Dakota made 51.9 percent on 14-of-27 shooting from 3-point range. Senior All-American forward Tommie King (Seattle, WA) had 16 points while junior guard Vincent McGill (Paterson, NJ) chipped in with 14 points and senior forward Derek Paben (Pickrell, NE) had 12 points.

Junior point guard Josh Mueller (Hartford) contributed 6 points, 12 assists, and two steals.

In its best shooting performance of the season, South Dakota made 60 percent of its shots from field, knocking down 42-of-70 field goals. In addition, USD made 7-of-10 free throws.

Paben led the Coyotes first half charge by scoring 12 first half points on 4-of-4 shooting from beyond the 3-point arc. USD hit 21-of-36 field goals for 58.3 percent in the opening half.

South Dakota scored the game's first basket and never trailed. By halftime, USD had pushed the advantage to 53-29.

The Coyotes were even better from the field in the second half. South Dakota made 21-of-34 shots for 61.8 percent. Minnesota State Moorhead pulled within 62-41 at the 16:02 mark but that was as close as the Dragons would get on the night.

USD went on a 12-2 run to open up a 74-43 lead at the 13:21 mark after a Trofholz basket. A 3-point basket by redshirt freshman Brock Seim (LeGrand, IA) gave USD its largest lead of 32 points with 3:25 to play. Seim finished with 7 points and a team-high eight rebounds.

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