Becker, a redshirt freshman from Plymouth, MN, made 7-of-10 field goals, including 6-of-7 from three-point range and added two free throws to finish with 22 points. Becker reached double figures for the fourth-straight game and added a career-high 10 assists to complete the double-double.
Briar Cliff came out firing and with a stingy zone defense kept the Coyotes from getting the ball inside much of the first half.
However, after USD started knocking down shots from the outside the Chargers were forced to defend the perimeter, which opened up scoring in the post for the Coyote's senior All-American forward Turner Trofholz (Schuyler, NE). Trofholz led all players with a season-high 28 points and a game-high nine rebounds. Trofholz made a season-best 11-of-12 field goals for 91.7 percent.
Both teams shot the ball well in the first half. The visiting Chargers connected on 54.3 percent (19-of-35) from the field. USD was even hotter, knocking down 18-of-30 shots for a torrid 60 percent.
South Dakota was deadly beyond the three-point arc, not only making a season-high 19 three-point shots but doing so with seven players making at least one three-pointer. USD made 10-of-20 threes in the first half and 9-of-13 in the second to finish at 57.6 percent, one three-pointer shy of tying the school-record for treys in a game (20 vs. Dana (20-of-33); 1/3/04). It was the sixth game that USD has cracked double digits in made three-point field goals.
USD's 57.6 percent shooting from three-point range was the second best performance of the season (57.9 percent, 11-of-19, Bemidji State, Nov. 19).
The Chargers took the early advantage by building up leads of seven points on four occasions in the first 6:05 of the game. However, the Coyotes fought back and tied the game, 30-30, with 6:54 left in the first half on Becker's first three-point basket of the night. After the two teams traded possessions, sophomore Dustin Little (Castlewood) made three of his 14 points at 5:49 to put USD up, 33-30. Little then hit another three at the 4:14 mark to extend the lead to seven points.
BCU proceeded to go on an 11-5 run to close out the half and trail USD, 46-45.
The Coyotes took control of the game by opening with an 11-0 run to build a 57-45 lead. The Chargers made some runs at the Coyotes but did not draw any closer than eight points during the second half.
USD eventually built a 21-point lead, 101-82, at 2:33, when Trofholz scored in the lane on Becker's 10th assist of the night.
For the game, the Coyotes shot 64.1 percent (41-of-64) from the field and 9-of-15 (60 percent) at the foul line, while outrebounding the Chargers, 30-29.
Sophomore Eric Hall (Huron) was the third player over 20 points for USD, as he finished with 21.
Briar Cliff shot 53.7 percent (36-of-67) from the field, including 42.9 percent (6-of-14) from three-point range. At the charity stripe, BCU made 14-of-16 (87.5 percent) attempts.
Adi Cizmic led the Chargers with 23 points, while Martez Van Buren scored 20 points to go with eight assists and four steals. Bryce Meyers and Neil Rohe were also in double figures with 19 and 11 points, respectively.