South Dakota men get by Simpson 83-69

South Dakota men get by Simpson 83-69
The 23rd-ranked South Dakota men's basketball team (3-0) secured an 83-69 win over Simpson College (1-2) by placing four players in double figures at the DakotaDome Nov. 22.

Senior All-American Turner Trofholz (Schuyler, NE) led all players with 19 points, while sophomore Dustin Little (Castlewood) just missed a double-double with 15 points and a game-high nine rebounds.

The Coyotes also got a spark off the bench from redshirt freshman Jesse Becker (Plymouth, MN), who scored a career-high 14 points, which included 3-of-5 from three-point range.

The Simpson Storm held two leads in the first two minutes of the game, but that was it. Reigning Iowa Conference Player of the Week, Jason Soppe, hit a jumper 15 seconds into the game to give the Storm a 2-0 lead, but USD sophomore Eric Hall (Huron) answered with three of his 12 points to put the Coyotes on top, 3-2.

Soppe hit another jumper but the 4-3 Simpson lead was short-lived as Trofholz scored his first bucket of the game at 17:47 to give USD the lead for good. The Coyotes score the next six points on three's by Little and Trofholz to go up 11-4 at 16:45.

While USD went on to lead 43-27 at halftime, and went up by as many as 20 early in the second half, Simpson fought back and cut the lead to eight on several occasions, but couldn't get any closer.

The game was tight at many times and the Coyote faithful never felt comfortable as the Storm press forced USD into 16 turnovers. However, the South Dakota defense forced 18 turnovers of its own that led to 23 points. USD did hold a 34-32 advantage in rebounds over Simpson in the contest.

For the game, USD shot .448 (26-of-58) from the field, including .464 (13-of-28) from three-point range. The free throw woes that hampered the Coyotes last weekend during the USD Basketball Classic, were shrugged off as South Dakota shot .857 (18-of-21) at the foul line on the night.

Simpson was a touch better from the field, knocking down 27-of-57 attempts (.474), but struggled from behind the arc, making just 4-of-11 (.364). The Storm did hit 11-of-16 (.688) free throws on the night.

Ryan Hittenmiller led Simpson with 15 points, while Soppe added 14 points and eight rebound and Adam Thorson tossed in 12 points.

Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>