Bench lifts No. 3 South Dakota to 47-point win over Peru State

Bench lifts No. 3 South Dakota to 47-point win over Peru State
As it has all season, the bench for The University of South Dakota men's basketball team provided a huge spark as USD remained undefeated with its Sunday, Dec. 9 win. The Coyotes, who moved up to third in the nation this past week, picked up an 86-39 win over Peru State College (Nebraska).

The South Dakota (8-0) bench was responsible for 62 percent of the team's offense as they greatly outscored the Peru State (2-9) bench. The Coyotes had a 53-8 advantage in points off the bench.

Jesse Becker (Jr., Plymouth, MN) helped get the Coyote offense jump-started in the first half. USD came out sluggish to start the game, as they did not score their first field goal until the 17:17 mark. Becker came into the game with USD down 3-0 and after Eric Hall (Sr., Huron) knocked down a three-pointer to tie the game, Becker gave the Coyotes their first lead of the game by hitting a pair of 3-pointers.

Mitch Begeman (Jr., Sioux Falls) and Nick Morrell (Sr., Ogallala, NE) also provided the Coyotes with a spark off the bench. Both players played in nine minutes off the bench in the first half. Morrell scored five points, dished out two assists and had two blocks in the first half. Begeman added four points in the first half. Along with the 15 first-half points by Becker, the three Coyote reserves were responsible for 24 of USD's 43 first-half points.

South Dakota's bench continued to be productive in the second half, as South Dakota used a 20-5 run to start the half to seal the victory. Begeman score 10 points, grabbed six rebounds and had three assists to lead USD in the final half.

The Coyote defense had one of its best 20 minutes of basketball played so far this season. In the second half they limited Peru State to just 17 points. The Bobcats shot just 21.2 percent (7-of-33) and committed eight turnovers as USD forced six.

The 17 points by Peru State in the second half is the lowest total USD has allowed in a half this season. It also marks the second time this season that the Coyotes have held an opponent under 20 in a half.

Becker finished the afternoon with a game-high 21 points. He was 8-of-11 from the floor and 3-of-6 from the three-point line. Begeman also finished the game in double digits for USD. He scored 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting. 10 of the 11 Coyotes who played in the game scored.

Tyler Cain (So., Rochester, MN) and Hall were active on the glass in limited action. Cain grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds while Hall pulled down eight boards. Cain also recorded three blocks. Hall scored seven points and finished with five steals, which is a career high.

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