South Dakota caps off holiday weekend with 87-67 win over William Penn

South Dakota caps off holiday weekend with 87-67 win over William Penn
The University of South Dakota men's basketball team capped off a long holiday weekend with an 87-67 win over William Penn University (Iowa). Three Coyotes finished the game with double digits in points as USD defeated one of the top NAIA teams in the nation.

South Dakota (5-0), which is ranked seventh in the nation, finished off a tough stretch of basketball by defeating the 23rd-ranked team in NAIA.

William Penn scored the game's first basket; however, the 2-0 lead would be their only lead of the game. After the basket, the Coyotes went on a 16-2 run. Five different Coyotes scored during the scoring run, including Eric Hall (Sr., Huron) and Nick Morrell (Sr., Ogallala, NE), who each had four.

Hall and Dylan Grimsley (Jr., Sioux City, IA) provided the offensive production for the Coyotes in the first half. The two combined for 25 first-half points, as Hall had 14 and Grimsley added 11. Both players were able to make their way to the foul line. Grimsley was 6-of-8 and Hall was 4-of-6 from the free-throw line in the first half.

The South Dakota defense once again received an outstanding performance from Tyler Cain (So., Rochester, MN). He blocked four first-half shots while also adding five rebounds and two steals in the half.

In the second half, USD's ability to get to the foul line held off a strong charge by William Penn. The Coyotes went to the line 22 times in the second half and made 14. USD's ability to draw fouls caused Tony Danielsen to foul out and three other Statesmen played the rest of the game in foul trouble.

William Penn was able to cut the USD lead down to eight at one point in the second half. Kris Miller, Joseph Powell and Adam Weig each had two three-pointers apiece as William Penn scored 21 points in the second half on three-pointers.

However, USD was able to connect on its own three-pointers thanks to Hall and Mitch Begeman. Along with the three-pointers, Dustin Little's (Sr., Castlewood) four free throws down the stretch sealed the win for the Coyotes.

Hall finished the afternoon with a season-high 21 points and eight rebounds. Thanks to 11-of-13 shooting from the free-throw line, Grimsley finished with his fourth double-digit-scoring game this season. He notched 18 points and six rebounds.

Cain was the other Coyote to score in double figures. He again filled the box score out as he had 11 points, six rebounds, six blocked shots, four assists and three steals. With his six blocks on the night, he moved into fourth place on the USD career blocked-shots list. His 94 career blocks move him past Jeff Rau (1987-91) for fourth place. The South Dakota career leader is Tim Hatchett (1986-90), who recorded 182 blocks in his four-year career.

William Penn was led in scoring by Joseph Powell, who scored 18 and had seven assists. Kris Miller added 16 points and seven rebounds.

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