The USD men's basketball team came into the game against Mayville State College wanting to put on a show for the crowd in the home opener for the Coyotes.
By the end of the game, USD had done just that, but not without a little trouble at first in the Coyotes 99-67 win over the Comets.
The Coyotes had a 10-points 41-31 lead at halftime, but Mayville State hit two quick three-points right away to narrow the lead to 41-37 with 18:45 before USD's defense locked down on the Comets.
"We had a great crowd and the team wanted to show everybody how good we are," USD head coach Dave Boots said. "We were on our heels a bit and I decided to switch to our trapping defense and things started to pick up. We forced some turnovers and took them out of some sets they were trying to run."
Mayville State stayed within five points at 49-44 before the Coyotes went on an 18-7 run to grab a 67-51 lead on rout to the victory.
Junior Mitchell Bouie said the team's play on the defensive end helped feed the offensive play in the second half.
"Coach Boots told us to make the defense our offense, and we did that," Bouie said. "That helped our offense and our shooters started knocking down three's and we started hitting our shots down low."
Mayville State head coach Justin Johnson said even though his team stayed with USD for a while, foul trouble kept his team from staying in the game.
"We competed for a while, but most of our bigs had four fouls and once we lost them, it was hard to stop their forwards," Johnson said. "Whether it was the touches in the post they were getting or the offensive rebounds, they overmatched us with the amount of fouls we had and it was too much to overcome."
The Comets had 14 fouls by halftime and finished with 25 fouls total and two players, Alfonso McNeal and Dominic Kringlen, fouled out.
USD started with a 2-0 lead and Mayville State tied the game up at 2-2 and then 4-4, but that's the closest the Comets got as they never had the lead in the game.
USD went on a 7-0 run and built an 11-4 lead, with seven points coming from senior Tyler Cain.
Mayville State kept the game within single digits until sophomore Louie Krogman hit a three-pointer from the left arc to put USD up 22-12 with 9:19 left in the first half.
The Comets responded with a three from Marcus Carson, but the Coyotes quickly grabbed the double-digit lead back and held it for the rest of the half.
Mayville State came into the second half ready to cut into the lead and got back-to-back three's from Carson and Micah Berge and the score was close until freshman Jake Thomas hit a three to put USD up 52-44 and started the Coyotes' 18-7 run.
USD's lead reached 21 points when senior Steve Smith put back an offensive rebound to put the Coyotes up 76-55 with eight minutes left in the game.
Then with 1:19 left, Bouie hit a lay-up and a free-throw after getting fouled to put the Coyotes up 97-65.
Bouie hit the final shot of the game on a lay-up with 11 seconds left to give the Coyotes the 99-67 win.
USD ended the game with seven players in double figures for points.
Boots said the team has a good amount of balance in its offensive rotation.
"Anyone on the team can spark us offensively," Boots said. "They will all get their opportunities."
Cain led the team with 18 points and added eight rebounds and five assists.
Cain said the way the team played helps open up his game.
"We have so many guys that can get it done on offense," Cain said. "I'm just feeding off all the guys and it allows me to have a great night tonight."
Bouie added 16 points and eight rebounds.
"I use my quickness to my advantage and I'm blessed with some good jumping ability," Bouie said.
Smith had 16 points and six rebounds. Krogman tacked on 14 points and three steals. Thomas finished with 12 points, five assists, four steals and four three-pointers.
Senior Roman Gentry had 10 points and five rebounds.
Carson led the Comets with 18 points and Aman had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.