Anderson's double-double leads USD to 92-75 victory Thanks to an all-around team effort and a career night for senior Steve Anderson, the South Dakota men's basketball team improved to 7-0 on the season and ran their regular season non-conference home winning streak to 78 games, with a 92-75 thrashing of the Wayne State (NE) Wildcats (2-4) at the DakotaDome.
The Coyotes shot over 50 percent from the field in both halves and dominated play in the paint as they generated 56 of their 92 points in the lane. A bulk of those paint points came from Anderson (Rapid City) who had his first double-double of his senior season and a pair of season-highs, contributing a career-high 24 points and 12 rebounds to lead all players.
Anderson also contributed four assists and three blocks. His three blocks give him 121 for his career and pushed him into second place on the all-time blocks list at USD. He moved ahead of Mike Kloth who had 120, from 1990 to 1994.
The Coyotes and the Wildcats traded baskets and leads for the first six minutes of the game, before USD went on a 10-0 run over 1:44 starting at 12:55, giving them a 24-13 lead capped by a Dustin Little (Castlewood) 3-pointer at 11:06.
USD would go up by as many as 13 on several occasions to end up leading by 11, 48-37 at halftime.
In the second half, the Coyotes kept the pressure on, both offensively and defensively and built up their lead to as high as 26 with 3:20 left in the game to put the game away.
South Dakota was also the beneficiary of 23 Wildcat turnovers that they turned into 18 points.
In addition to Anderson's 24 points, senior Josh Mueller (Hartford) scored 23 points and dished out six assists. Junior forward Turner Trofholz (Schuyler, NE) helped Anderson rack up the points in the paint as he finished with 16 points and six rebounds. David Nour (Armour) was the fourth Coyote in double figures as he had 12 points.
As a team, USD shot 54.4 percent (37-of-68) from the field, 35.3 percent (6-of-17) from 3-point land and made 12-of-20 free throws for 60.0 percent.
The two teams were even in rebounding at 36 apiece.
For Wayne State, Brett Watson led with 21 points.
WSC shot 47.5 percent from the field on 29-of-61 shooting, making eight-of-22 3-pointers and just 50 percent (9-of-18) free throws.