Coyotes run winning streak to 15 games

Coyotes run winning streak to 15 games The University of South Dakota menâ�?�?s basketball team extended its winning streak to 15 games with an 85-52 win over Lake Erie College Monday night in Vermillion. USD (18-5) has not lost since Dec. 2, and improved to 13-0 at the DakotaDome this season. Tyler Cain (Jr., Rochester, MN) paced USD with 18 points, 15 rebounds and a season-high eight blocks. Dylan Grimsley (Sr., Sioux City, IA) added 18 points, six rebounds and three assists, while Louie Krogman (Fr., White River) added 14. Jesse Becker (Sr., Plymouth, MN) chipped in with 12 points for USD. USD led from the opening tip. Lake Erie College was within 16-12 with 14:22 left in the first half, but the Coyotes methodically pushed the lead to double digits as the clock headed towards halftime. Cain had a double-double in the first half alone with 11 points and 10 rebounds for USD, which led 46-34 at the break. Grimsley had all 18 of his points in the first half. Becker added seven points for USD. The Coyotes had several statistical advantages in the first half including a 24-11 edge in rebounds. USD also shot 56.4 percent from the field in the first half, compared to 42.4 percent for the Storm. USD also had a big edge at the free-throw line with 11-of-15 attempts made, compared to 2-of-4 for LEC. The Coyotes pulled away in the second half, thanks to an outstanding defensive effort. USD held Lake Erie to just 17.1 percent shooting (6-of-35) in the second half as it lead by as many as 35 points in the second half. USD continued to shoot well in the second half, hitting 15-of-26 field goals (57.7 percent). USD finished the game shooting 56.4 percent, compared to 29.4 for LEC. USD also dominated the glass with a 53-28 rebounding advantage. Mitch Begeman (Sr., Sioux Falls) and Roman Gentry (Jr., Sioux City, IA) each had seven points for USD off the bench. John Kreklow (So., Blaine, MN) collected five points for the Coyotes. Krogman led with four assists, while Cain had two steals. USD resumes action on the road on Saturday, Feb. 7 at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (7-15). Game time is 7:30 p.m. in Edwardsville, IL. Notes: Grimsley is now one rebound away from 500 for his career. If he eclipses 500 rebounds, he will be just the 18th Coyote player to pass 1,000 points and 500 rebounds for his career… the 15-game winning streak for USD eclipses the 14-game winning streak the Coyotes had to start the 2007-08 season. The longest winning streak in Coyote history is 21 games, set in 1957-58 to 1958-59… it was Cainâ�?�?s 11th double-double of the season.

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