Thunderwolves fall to USD

Thunderwolves fall to USD
With their fourth win of the season by 20 or more points on Saturday, Dec. 1, The University of South Dakota men's basketball team remained undefeated on the season. The #6 Coyotes wrapped up their two-day Colorado road trip with an 86-66 victory over Colorado State University-Pueblo in the Chuck Stephens Classic.

The Coyotes (7-0) used a barrage of 3-pointers to maintain control of the game. USD hit 17 baskets from behind the arc and shot 53.1 percent (17-of-32) from the three-point line. The 17 made three-point baskets is a season-high for the team.

Eric Hall (Huron) and Dylan Grimsley (Sioux City, IA) led the Coyotes three-point shooting attack. Both players connected on career-highs on the night as Hall tied his career mark with seven and Grimsley set his career-best with five. Hall was 7-of-11 and Grimsley was 5-of-7 from behind the arc.

The two players also finished the night by scoring over 20 points. Hall scored a game-high 25 points while also grabbing six rebounds and three steals. After getting off to a slow start this season, Hall has really stepped up his scoring. In the last three games he is averaging 21.7 points per game and has scored 20 or more points in two of those three games.

The one game he didn't post 20, he finished with 19. In addition, after having made just seven 3-pointers in the first four games, Hall has now knocked down 15 in the last three games.

Grimsley recorded his first double-double of the season as he posted 22 points and 10 rebounds. Of his 10 rebounds, six were offensive rebounds. He was clutch in the second half as he scored 14 points thanks to four 3-pointers in the final session of the game.

South Dakota also received a strong offensive performance from Mitch Begeman (Sioux Falls), who came off the bench to score 13 points.

Once again the USD defense had its opponent frustrated and struggling. The Coyotes held CSU-Pueblo to just 38.2 percent (21-of-55) shooting from the field. It marks the sixth time this season that they have held an opponent to under 40 percent shooting in a game.

The Thunderwolves were able to keep the game competitive thanks to their ability to get to the foul line. They scored 21 of their 66 points at the free throw line. Meanwhile, USD made just nine free throws as they went to the charity stripe just 15 times compared to CSUP's 30 attempts.

Colorado State-Pueblo was led in scoring by Chris Childress and Jake Trahern who each scored 14 points. Ty McTyer added 12.

With the win, USD now stands at 4-0 against teams from the RMAC.

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