Big second half helps Coyotes sink Chadron

Big second half helps Coyotes sink Chadron A big second half helped The University of South Dakota men's basketball team pull away in a 93-61 win over Chadron State (NE) Saturday at the DakotaDome in Vermillion. USD's Dylan Grimsley (Sr., Sioux City, IA) also reached a career milestone as he scored his 1,000th career point early in the second half.  Grimsley finished the game with 10 points and was one of six USD players to score in double figures. The Coyotes (4-5) shot 61.1 percent from the field in the second half, hitting 22-of-36 attempts. USD outscored Chadron, 55-30 over the final 20 minutes. Tyler Cain (Jr., Rochester, MN) continued his strong play, scoring 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting while pulling down eight rebounds for USD. Louie Krogman (Fr., White River) added 18 points and four assists, while Steve Smith (Sr., Sioux Falls) added 17 points and eight rebounds. Jesse Becker (Sr., Plymouth, Minn.) chipped in with 12 points while Mitch Begeman (Sr., Sioux Falls) added 10. The Coyotes opened the second half with a 22-9 spurt in the first 7:13 to extend their lead – which stood at seven at halftime – to 60-40. Krogman scored seven points during that stretch, while Grimsley had six and Smith four. From there, USD pulled away, leading by as many as 33 points in the second half. USD shot 53 percent (35-of-66) from the field in the game and held Chadron (3-2) to just 33.9 percent shooting, including only 31.3 percent in the second half. Smith added a career-high five blocks for USD. Smith and Krogman had four assists each. Begeman, Rane Mergen (Sr., Dell Rapids) and John Kreklow (So., Blaine, MN) added five rebounds each as USD had a 47-36 edge in rebounds. USD will play the second game of its six-game homestand on Saturday, Dec. 13 against Mayville State. Game time is 8 p.m. at the DakotaDome in Vermillion. Notes: Grimsley is the 38th Coyote men's basketball player to ever eclipse 1,000 points for his career, as he joins teammate Jesse Becker in that club…Grimsley now has 1,007 points for his career…Mergen had six points, five rebounds and two blocks off the bench for USD … the Coyotes are 2-0 at home this season.

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