After allowing over 100 points in its previous contest, the Coyotes redeemed themselves by crossing the century mark for the second time this season (110 vs. Briar Cliff, Dec. 16) in posting the 36-point win.
USD was led by four players in double figures, including a career-high 13 points and six assists from redshirt freshman Colby Fitzgerald (Dell Rapids). Senior All-American Turner Trofholz (Schuyler, NE) had his 20 or more point scoring streak come to an end at nine games, as he finished with a double double of 19 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
After the two teams traded leads for the first five minutes, redshirt freshman Jesse Becker hit his second three-pointer of the contest to put USD ahead, 12-10, at 14:52, which started a 9-0 Coyote run.
The USD run was ended when Josh Foust hit a jumper at 11:33, but resumed and became a 15-2 Coyote streak, as the lead became 25-12 at 10:31 with another Becker trey. The basket was Becker's 16th point in the first half, as he went on to finish with 18 points.
USD, who played very unselfish basketball with 23 assists and 10 players scoring, continued its hot shooting to finish the half with a 53-26 advantage on 50 percent (16-of-32) shooting from the field and 57.1 percent (8-of-14) from three-point range. The 53 first-half points was the most for the Coyotes in the first half this season.
South Dakota, who came up with 12 steals and outrebounded UMC, 42-41, continue its torrid pace in the second half and doubled up the Eagles, 80-40, on a fastbreak lay-up by senior David Nour (Armour) assisted by junior Darrick Leonard (Hazel Crest, IL) at 10:17. The basket was part of a 10-0 Coyote run to the 9:15 mark capped by a Fitzgerald three-pointer to give USD an 85-40 lead.
With the game in hand, many of the USD bench players earned significant playing time for the remainder of the contest.
For the game, USD finished 35-of-72 (48.6 percent) from the field and was 14-of-30 (46.7 percent) from three-point range. At the free throw line, the Coyotes finished 16-of-21 for 76.2 percent.
The Eagles were held to 37.5 percent (24-of-64) shooting from the field, including 6-of-12 (50 percent) from three-point range. UMC made 10-of-12 (83.3 percent) shots from the free throw line.
Minnesota-Crookston was led by 22 points from Lee Roberts.
and 12 points from Maurice Mobley.