USD lights it up from downtown against Dana USD Coyote Steve Anderson sinks a jump shot over the outstretched arms of Dana defender Chris Carder Saturday in the DakotaDome. South Dakota sank a record 20 3-pointers in the game to easily defeat the Vikings 122-68. Behind a school-record 20 3-pointers, the fifth-ranked South Dakota men's basketball team (10-2) picked up a 122-68 victory over Dana College Saturday night at the DakotaDome.
USD's 122 total points represent the second-highest single-game point total in school history, 6 points shy of the top single-game total of 128 vs. Westmar in 1977-78. In addition, the 54-point win was the largest margin of victory since a 67-point 106-39 win over Morningside during the 2001-02 season.
South Dakota hit 60.6 percent from downtown as a team (20-of-33), as three Coyotes had at least four 3-pointers.
Senior forward Derek Paben led the barrage from long range, hitting 5-of-7 from behind the arc to finish with 18 points off the bench. Junior guard Vincent McGill also brought some hot shooting off the bench, connecting on 4-of-8 from the 3-point line. McGill had 17 points, four rebounds and four assists.
Junior guard Josh Mueller turned in a tremendous all-around performance from the point guard spot with 20 points, 13 assists and seven rebounds. The Hartford native was 4-of-6 from the 3-point line.
Senior forward Tommie King (Seattle, WA) was the game's high scorer with 22 points, six rebounds and a career-high five assists. Redshirt freshman Brock Seim (LeGrand, IA) had 14 points and five rebounds in 22 minutes of action off the bench.
Sophomore forward Turner Trofholz (Schuyler, NE) was USD's sixth player in double digits with 10 points, seven rebounds and a career-high five
With 37 team assists, the Coyotes tied the school record for assists in a game set against Iowa Wesleyan during the 1989-90 season.
For the game, South Dakota shot a season-high 61.4 percent from the field (43-of-70). The Coyotes outrebounded Dana, 50-35. After holding a 59-29 lead at the halftime break, USD outscored the Vikings 63-39 in the second half.
Dana (7-8) was led in scoring by Chad Harder and Bruce Erdmann, who each had 13 points.
South Dakota returns to action Friday, Jan. 9, when it opens North Central Conference play in Brookings in an 8 p.m. showdown with rival and third-ranked South Dakota State.