Cain�s big night helps Coyotes down UMD

Cain��?s big night helps Coyotes down UMD The University of South Dakota's Tyler Cain had 24 points and a career-high 17 rebounds to lead the Coyote men's basketball team to a 78-56 victory over Minnesota-Duluth on Friday night at the DakotaDome in Vermillion. USD improved to 6-5 overall with the win while UMD falls to 8-5 overall. The Coyotes finished the game shooting 46.7 percent from the field while holding the Bulldogs to 33.3 percent from the field including 29.6 percent from the field in the first half. Cain (Rochester, MN) went 11-for-13 from the field on his way to his fourth double-double of 2008-09. He also tied with a season-high four blocks while also adding four steals. In addition to Cain, USD had three other players score in double-figures as Louie Krogman (Fr., White River) had 18 points, Dylan Grimsley (Sr., Sioux City, IA) had 15 and Jesse Becker (Sr., Plymouth, MN) added 10. The Coyotes' defense and balance proved to be the difference Friday. USD held the Bulldogs to just 23 first-half points, which was the second lowest total the Coyotes have allowed to an opponent in the first half this season. Meanwhile, the Coyote offense was efficient in the first half, going 14-of-27 from the field (51.9 percent). Five Coyote players scored six points or more in the first half, led by Krogman with 10 points and Grimsley and Cain with eight each. The game started off going back and forth but the Coyotes put together a 5-0 run together to gain a nine-point lead at the 14-minute mark. USD then gained its largest lead of the first half with 4:41 remaining in the first half as Steve Smith (Sr., Sioux Falls, S.D.) hit a lay-up to put South Dakota up 34-17. USD led by as many as 24 in the second half. Smith added eight points and five rebounds for USD. Grimsley had two blocks and also went 10-of-13 from the free-throw line. USD had a big advantage from three-point range, hitting 7-of-20 attempts compared to 1-of-8 for the Bulldogs.

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