USD beats Western Washington at High Desert Classic

USD beats Western Washington at High Desert Classic Junior Turner Trofholz led five players in double figures as the South Dakota men's basketball team (10-0) won its 10th straight game to open the season with a 95-77 nonconference win over fifth-ranked Western Washington (8-1) that concluded early on Sunday morning at the High Desert Classic in Las Vegas, NV.

The game was played at the McDermott Center on the Nevada-Las Vegas campus.

Trofholz of Schuyler, NE, hit 7-of-8 field goals and 7-of-8 free throws, totaling 21 points in just 13 minutes of action. Senior forward Aaron Green of Indianapolis, IN, chipped in with 20 points, hitting 9-of-16 field goals. Senior point guard Josh Mueller of Hartford, added 15 points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals. Both Luke Tibbetts of Sioux Falls, and freshman Dustin Little of Castlewood, had 11 points. Brock Seim, a sophomore from LeGrand, IA, had a team high nine rebounds.

Key for the Coyotes in the win over nationally ranked Western Washington was its hot shooting from the field. USD made 34-of-56 field goals for 60.7 percent, including a torrid 68.2 percent (15-of-22 field goals) effort in the second half. USD hit 4-of-9 three-pointers for 44.4 percent. South Dakota was 23-of-33 for 69.7 percent from the free throw line. USD, which also got five assists, six points, four rebounds and three steals from David Nour (Armour, S.D.), was forced to play a small lineup throughout the first half. Reserve Brock Seim had nine first half rebounds and also distributed three assists.

Western Washington, which was led by Craig Roosendal with 21 points, made 26-of-67 field goals for 38.8 percent. WWU hit 13-of-28 3-pointers for 46.4 percent and also made 12-of-20 free throws for 60 percent.

Despite 20 turnovers, USD won the rebound battle, 39-31, and also had 21 assists as a team.

South Dakota and Western Washington traded baskets early on until Mueller connected on a 3-point shot to give USD a 13-10 lead at the 14:25 mark. USD extended the lead to 22-16 with 11:59 left in the opening half after Nour canned a pair of free throws. After Western Washington pulled within 22-20, USD used a 9-0 run, including a 3-point field goal by Little, to grab a 31-20 advantage at the 7:19 mark of the opening half.

Again Western Washington fought back to within 33-30 at the 3:04 mark, following a 3-pointer by Craig Roosendal. However, USD closed the half on a 13-5 run, including 5 points by Little, to grab a 46-35 lead at the break.

Trofholz, who was limited to 13 minutes of play due to foul trouble, scored 6 points early in the second half as USD increased its lead to 53-35 with 17:17 to play.

A jumper by Grant Dykstra of Western Washington cut USD's lead to 60-48 with 13:58 to play. Later a lay-up by Kyle Jackson of Western Washington trimmed the Coyotes' margin to 64-55. However that was as close as Western Washington would get to the Coyotes.

A lay-up by Tibbetts at the 7:46 mark built USD's lead back to 74-61. The Coyotes continued to pound the ball inside and a basket by Trofholz enabled USD to built a 83-67 lead with 3:59 to play in the game.

Two foul shots by Mueller extended the lead to 87-69 with 3:07 to play. USD's largest lead of the game was 93-70, which was provided by a free throw from Little with 51 seconds to play.

USD held a 56 to 20 advantage in points in the paint. USD also own a 29 to 17 advantage in points off turnovers.

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