MILWAUKEE — Junior guard Charlie Westbrook scored 17 points, but the South Dakota men's basketball team dropped an 82-69 game to Marquette in front of 14,117 fans at the Bradley Center on Saturday afternoon. The loss dropped the Coyotes to 1-2 on the season, while the Golden Eagles improved to 4-0.
Playing in his hometown, Westbrook (Milwaukee, Wis.) connected on 8-of-15 from the floor to pace five Coyotes in double figures. Senior forward Mitchell Bouie (Chicago, Ill.), sophomore guard Jake Thomas (Racine, Wis.) and junior guard Louie Krogman (White River, S.D.) each added 11 points, while sophomore guard Jordan Boots (Vermillion, S.D.) had 10. Westbrook added a team-high five rebounds and senior guard Kendall Cutler (Brooklyn, N.Y.) had eight assists.
The statistical battle was even for the most part with USD hitting 40 percent (27-of-66) from the field to MU's 48 percent (29-of-60). The Coyotes did connect on 9-of-24 from deep, while holding MU to 1-of-9. The Golden Eagles went 23-of-34 from the free-throw line to 6-of-14 for the Coyotes and held a 48-30 rebounding advantage.Marquette took an early lead thanks to 12 offensive rebounds in the first half. Junior forward Ricardo Andreotti (Sao Paulo, Brazil) got USD on the board with a layup and Westbrook added a basket, before the Coyotes started to heat up from outside. MU built a 15-4 advantage with at the 14:11 mark, but back-to-back treys from Boots and Krogman and a fastbreak layup by Westbrook cut the lead to five at 17-12 with 12:04 left.
Two more threes from Boots and one from Thomas kept the Coyotes within five points through the middle minutes, but the Golden Eagles kept their lead with trips to charity stripe. Marquette hit 14-of-21 free throws in the half compared to just two attempts for USD. The Golden Eagles were able to extend their lead to as many as 15 late in the half, despite two baskets from Bouie and a jumper from Krogman down the stretch, to go into halftime up 43-29.
Boots had nine points in the first half thanks to his three treys, while Thomas and Krogman each had five. USD shot 37 percent (12-of-32) from the floor to Marquette's 42 percent (14-of-33) and connected on 5-of-12 from beyond the arc to one for the Golden Eagles. MU held a 28-14 rebounding advantage.A layup from Cutler to start the second half, another three from Krogman and a Westbrook jumper kept the Coyotes close in the opening minutes, but a 12-1 run extended the Golden Eagle advantage to 61-38 at the midpoint. Old fashion three-point plays from Bouie and Westbrook pulled the Coyotes within 17 at the 8:51 mark, but USD couldn't get a stop on the defensive end and the squads continued to exchange baskets.South Dakota wouldn't go quietly, though. Krogman turned the tide a little with a three and Westbrook made back-to-back layups before throwing down a fastbreak dunk after a Cutler steal. The 8-1 spurt cut the lead to 11 at 72-61 with 3:42 left, but that was as close as the Coyotes could get down the stretch.
The Coyotes continue their road trip by traveling to the Global Sports Roundball Classic on Nov. 26-28 in Normal, Ill. Hosted by Illinois State, South Dakota faces the host Redbirds at 6 p.m. on Nov. 26, Jacksonville State at 8:35 p.m. on Nov. 27 and Louisiana-Monroe at 1 p.m. on Nov. 28.