Another home game for the University of South Dakota men’s basketball team, which won 2 games in easy fashion over the weekend.
The Coyotes (4-3) host Dakota State, an NAIA school from the Dakota Athletic Conference. Trojans also come in 4-3.
Dakota State beat Mount Marty in the season opener, and has dropped exhibitions at South Dakota State and Southwest Minnesota State.
USD goes with Louie Krogman, Jake Thomas, Roman Gentry, Tyler Cain and Steve Smith.
Dakota State starts Aaron King, Jason DeZeeuw, Derek Kreutzfeldt, Bryce Snyder and Jackson Parr.
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Another quick start for the Coyotes. All five starters score right away, including another three-pointer from Thomas (actually inside 30 feet….). Gentry just hit a three, and DSU calls a timeout.
USD leads 16-3 at the 16:45 mark. Much better crowd for this game, especially with students back on campus. DSU’s head coach Gary Garner, who has a lengthy resume, really gave it to his troops in that huddle.
At the second timeout, it’s 20-5 Coyotes. Krogman has six quick points for USD, while Gentry has three early assists.
DSU’s Parr has scored eight quick points for the Trojans, who trail 26-14 at the 11:48 mark. USD calls a timeout after Parr’s latest basket.
The Coyote margin is 37-16 at the 8:01 mark. USD is really spreading it around now, as Jordan Boots, Mitchell Bouie and Conrad Krutwig have scored in the last spurt. Pace has kind of slowed down a bit. If Thomas hits a few more threes, I bet this place perks up like it did on Sunday.
Watertown native Dustin Tetzlaff pulls up from three-point range and knocks it down for USD. The Coyote lead is out to 44-18 with 3:32 to go in the first half.
Bouie has scored 13 points off the bench for USD, and just dunked in transition while getting fouled. Nice play. Krogman just hit a pair of free throws. Coyotes lead 54-27 with under a minute to go in the half.
HALF: South Dakota 54, Dakota State 27.
USD stats: Coyotes shot 57.6 percent (19-of-33) from the field, with five three-pointers, and 11-of-12 at the free throw line. Bouie has 13 points, with Gentry at nine points. Tyler Cain has seven points and seven rebounds.
DSU stats: Parr leads with 10 points and five rebounds, while King has seven points. Trojans 9-of-32 from the field.
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Krogman drops in five quick points for the Coyotes to start the second half, as USD leads 67-31 at the 15:59 mark. Krogman and Gentry both have 13 points. On the last series, DSU seriously had like six looks at the basket from the point, but couldn’t get one to fall. But a foul sends them to the line after the timeout.
USD continues its offensive play, leading 80-42 with 9:54 to play. Boots has scored 11 points on 3 three-pointers off the bench. Bouie has 16 points to lead the Coyotes.
The USD margin is out to 87-46 with 7:57 to go in the game. Not much else to say at this point. The Coyotes are having their way in all facets — rebounding, shooting, hustle plays, etc.
Boots is having a huge game off the bench, as the redshirt freshman has 21 points. The last three he hit was in Thomas range (yes, there is such a thing….). And Tetzlaff just hit a baseline jumper, putting the Coyotes ahead 105-57.
With under two minutes to play, USD leads 107-59. I’ll provide some quick thoughts when I get back to Yankton.
FINAL: South Dakota 111, Dakota State 59.
Final Thoughts (who am I, Jerry Springer?) — Breakout game for Jordan Boots, who scored 21 points…..yet another three-point threat for USD….Mitchell Bouie had 18 points, including a sweet dunk in transition over a DSU opponent (photo will be in Thursday’s P&D)….Tyler Cain had 10 points and 10 rebounds in just 14 minutes of action….Coyotes scored 100 points for a third straight game, first time that’s happened since 2003-04….Huge step up in competition for USD, which will play in the Drake Invitational on Dec. 11-13. Coyotes will play host Drake and Binghamton (N.Y.).