Gentry helps Coyotes run past Mayville State

Gentry helps Coyotes run past Mayville State Roman Gentry scored a career-high 30 points and added six rebounds and four assists to lead The University of South Dakota men's basketball team to a 99-63 win over Mayville State in action Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 31,  in Vermillion. The win was the eighth straight for USD (11-5), which is now 8-0 at the DakotaDome this season. Gentry (Jr., Sioux City, Iowa) was 9-of-14 from the field and 10-of-10 from the free-throw line in the victory. Dylan Grimsley (Sr., Sioux City, IA) added 16 points and four assists for USD, while Tyler Cain (Jr., Rochester, MN) added 11 points and 10 rebounds. Steve Smith (Sr., Sioux Falls) added 10 points and seven rebounds for the Coyotes. USD's biggest advantage in the game was in rebounding. The Coyotes had a 53-32 edge on the boards, including 27-8 on the offensive glass. The Coyotes had a 25-9 edge in second-chance points in the game. The Coyotes controlled the first half, leading the whole way. USD shot 46.9 percent (15-of-32) from the field on its way to building a 47-22 halftime advantage. USD was sparked by its bench in the first half, with Gentry scoring 14 points and Mitch Begeman (Sr., Sioux Falls) adding nine. The Coyotes' bench outscored Mayville, 25-7 in the first half. USD also had a 24-11 edge in rebounds in the first half, including 11-3 on the offensive glass. Cain had six rebounds and Smith four for the Coyotes in the opening 20 minutes. The Coyotes quickly extended their lead to 32 in the first 4:30 of the second half and would lead by as many as 38 points. Louie Krogman (Fr., White River) added eight points, seven rebounds and three assists for USD. Ben Kreklow (So., Blaine, MN) had a solid effort off the bench for USD with a career-high six points and three rebounds. The Coyotes got contributions from several players in the win, as all 10 Coyotes who saw playing time scored points. USD's bench had a 51-31 edge in points scored. USD is 11-1 when leading at halftime … the 99 points were the most the Coyotes have scored in a game this season.

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