LIVE: USD men vs. Dakota State

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.

Starting lineups:

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.).

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