MBK: Coyotes Cruise Past Southern Miss., 84-71

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A double-double by Trey Burch-Manning led the South Dakota men’s basketball team to an 84-71 victory over Southern Mississippi Friday night in the first game of the Sanford Pentagon Showcase in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Burch-Manning tallied a season-high 18 points and matched a career-best 14 rebounds in the victory. South Dakota shot red-hot in the second half, making 16-of-23 field goal attempts for 69.6 percent. For the game, South Dakota made 27-of-50 shots for 54.0 percent. Tyler Hagedorn scored 16 points and Matt Mooney 15 points to join Burch-Manning in double digits.

South Dakota (5-1) jumped out to a to a seven point lead in the opening half, hitting the mark at 9-2 and again at 14-7. With the Coyotes leading 18-15 with 7:49 remaining in the half, the Golden Eagles embarked on a 10-1 run to take a six-point lead at 25-19 with 5:35 remaining.

The script was then flipped, as USD went on an 11-2 run of its own over the final 3:52 to close out the half with a one-point lead. With one second remaining in the half, Burch-Manning scored on a layup to send the Coyotes into the break ahead 32-31.

Southern Miss (2-2) opened the second half with a 3-point basket from Kevin Holland to claim a 34-32 lead. However, the Golden Eagles lead was short lived as South Dakota used a quick 8-0 run to grab a 40-34 advantage with 15 minutes remaining in the game.

With 8:06 left in the game, and the shot clock about to hit zero, Carlton Hurst sank a 3-point basket to spark another 8-0 run, which would balloon the Coyotes lead to 15 points. On the next USD possession, Tyler Peterson hit a long-range shot of his own with the run ending on a pair of free throws from Hagedorn.

South Dakota’s lead swelled to 18 points with 2:34 on the clock, the largest lead in the game, before settling on the 84-71 final score.

The Coyotes shot 50 percent or better for the third-straight game, while shooting 7-of-17 from long-range for 41.2 percent. South Dakota also made 23-of-29 free throw attempts.

Cortez Edwards led Southern Miss with 18 points while Tyree Griffin tallied 14 points. The Golden Eagles shot 28-of-61 from the field for 45.9 percent. Dominic Magee grabbed a team-high six rebounds.

South Dakota continues action in the Sanford Pentagon Showcase Saturday with a 6:30 p.m. start against Northern Colorado. The finale of the round-robin tournament is against Youngstown State on Sunday at 2 p.m.