The Coyotes best start to a season came in the 1999-00 season when they started 17-0. They were 12-0 in 2002-03 and 11-0 in 2004-05. The win also improves USD's record to 10-0 all-time against the Warriors.
South Dakota jumped on top of Midland Lutheran right out of the gates. Back-to-back three-pointers by Dylan Grimsley (Jr., Sioux City, IA) and Eric Hall (Sr., Huron) were a part of an 8-0 run by USD to start the game. They would enjoy a one-point start-off with an 18-point lead after Grimsley connected on a jumper to put the Coyotes up 22-4 at the 10:16 mark.
USD's aggressive defense gave the Warriors all kinds of trouble in the first half. 17.9 percent shooting and 12 turnovers in the first half limited MLC to just 13 first-half points. They did not reach double figures until there was just 1:52 remaining in the first half.
Grimsley was the only USD starter to log over 20 minutes in the game. He finished the game with 11 points and four rebounds. Hall was the only other starter to score in double digits as he posted 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting.
Jesse Becker (Jr., Plymouth, MN) again came off the bench to lead the team in scoring. He scored 15 points in just 14 minutes of action.
Tyler Cain (So., Rochester, MN) continued his assault on the South Dakota career and single-season block record. He had six blocks in the game to move his season total to 58 and his career total to 122. He needs just seven more blocks to break the single-season mark which he set last season. His 122 blocks moves him past Mike Kloth (1990-94) into third place on the career list. Kloth had 120 career swats. Cain now trails Tim Hatchett (1986-90) by 60 blocks. Hatchett finished his career with 182 blocked shots.