Coyotes defeat Hardrockers 90-63 USD's Aaron Green (32) goes up for two despite a behind-the-back block from the Hardrockers' Tim Schmitz. The Coyotes sank of 20 of 28 field goals in the first half of play Saturday in the DakotaDome, and coasted to an easy 90-63 win. Behind a pair of 20-plus point performances by Josh Mueller and Turner Trofholz, the South Dakota men's basketball team (1-0) racked up a 90-63 season-opening win over the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (2-4) on Saturday at the DakotaDome.
Mueller, a senior from Hartford, scored 22 points, converting eight-of-10 field goals, including six-of-seven from behind the 3-point line. Mueller had nine assists, leaving him one assist shy of completing a double double.
One of Mueller's assists was an electrifying alley-oop to fellow senior Steve Anderson (Rapid City) with 7:30 left to play in the second half, giving USD a 28-point lead, 78-50.
Trofholz, a junior forward from Schuyler, NE, cashed in 10-of-15 field goals for 20 points, to go along with seven rebounds for the Coyotes. Anderson added 7 points and a game-high eight rebounds.
As a team, the Coyotes shot 52.4 percent (33-of-63) from the field and 63.6 percent (14-of-22) from 3-point range for the game. USD won the rebound battle, 35-34.
South Dakota used a hot-shooting first half to take a 50-32 at the break, making 20-of-28 field goals, for 71.4 percent. The Coyotes also made seven-of-11 3-pointers for 63.6 percent in the first half.
The South Dakota Tech Hardrockers led once, early in the game, 6-5, on a lay-up by Brady Quayle 2:43 into the game.
After that, it was all Coyotes. USD went on a quick 8-0 run over the next three minutes to go up by seven, 13-6, capped by a Mueller lay-up. Following a jumper by Tech's Steve Sherman, USD freshman Dustin Little (Castlewood) and transfer David Nour (Armour) sandwiched a pair of 3-pointers around a Trofholz's jumper to put USD up by 13 at 21-8 with 12:58 to play in the half. After that, USD maintained a double digit cushion for the remainder of the game.
Sophomore Brock Seim (LeGrand, IA) came off the bench to contribute 11 points for USD, while Nour and Little finished with 9 points each in their debuts in a Coyote uniform. Nour also added eight assists.
South Dakota Tech was led by Samir Adam with 17 points, Quayle with 12 points and Matt Lyndoe with 10 points. The Hardrockers hit 25-of-59 field goals for 42.4 percent, including 6-of-20 (30 percent) from 3-point range. Tech made 7-of-8 free throws.
Next up for the Coyotes, is a trip to Omaha, NE, where they will participate in the Nebraska-Omaha Thanksgiving Classic, Nov. 26-27. USD will square off with Colorado School of Mines at 6 p.m. in Friday, Nov. 26, and Truman State on Nov. 27, also at 6 p.m.