All Coyotes score as USD blows out William Penn 98-53

All Coyotes score as USD blows out William Penn 98-53 Despite an hour delay in the start of the South Dakota men's basketball game against the William Penn Statesmen, the Coyotes came out shooting and never quit as they posted a 98-53 win in the DakotaDome.

Due to a quirk in the scheduling, the officials for the game showed up an hour past the original start time, forcing a 4 p.m. tip off. The Coyotes, however, were not tardy as they came revved up to play.

Led by 19 first half points from junior forward Turner Trofholz (Schuyler, NE), USD shot 61.3 percent (19-of-31) in the first half from the field and 55.6 percent (5-of-9) from 3-point range. The Coyotes also had 13 first half assists and benefited from 12 Statesmen turnovers, en route to taking a 48 to 23 lead at intermission.

The second half was much of the same as South Dakota built up a lead as large at 46 before turning the game over to the bench players.

Dustin Little's (Castlewood) scored 3 of his 17 points at the 11:14 mark to give USD the 46-point lead, a lead which was maintained for the rest of the game.

Four players led the Coyotes in double figures, including a season-high 22 from Trofholz. He added 11 rebounds to complete the double-double in just 23 minutes of play. Aaron Green (Indianapolis, IN) scored 12, while Luke Tibbetts (Sioux Falls) finished with 11. Tibbetts added five assists, four steals and three rebounds in 19 minutes.

Every Coyote that saw action scored at least once.

For the game, USD shot 55.7 percent (34-of-61) from the field and 51.9 percent (14-of-27) from behind the arc. At the free throw line, South Dakota converted 16-of-25 (64 percent) tries.

Danny Lund was the lone Statesmen in double figures as he had 18.

Collectively, William Penn was held to 29.9 percent (20-of-67) shooting from the field and 36.4 percent (8-of-22) from 3-point land. The Statesmen made 45.5 percent (5-of-11) of their free throws, but turned the ball over 20 times in the game.

The Coyotes will travel to Las Vegas, NV, where they will participate in the High Desert Classic against fourth-ranked Western Washington and Northeastern Oklahoma, Dec. 18-19.

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