Men's Basketball falls to South Dakota in Sanford Pentagon Showcase opener
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- South Dakota scored six straight points to take a 32-31 halftime lead, and the Coyotes would carry that momentum into the second half for an 84-71 victory over Southern Miss on Friday night.
The Coyotes (5-1) are the defending Summit League regular-season champions. It was the first all-time meeting between the schools. The Golden Eagles will continue play on Saturday with a 4 p.m. battle against Youngstown State.
Southern Miss (2-2) trailed 14-7 in what started out as a major defensive battle. The Golden Eagles took an 8-0 run to take a 15-14 lead with 8:32 left in the half, which escalated to an 18-5 margin that was capped off by Tyree Griffin's layup with 5:35 on the clock.
Kevin Holland sunk a three-pointer for the first points of the second half and what would be the Golden Eagles' final lead of the night. South Dakota responded from that triple with a 15-2 run, leading 47-36.
Trey Burch-Manning led South Dakota with 18 points and 14 rebounds, both game-highs. Anfernee Hampton scored 13 points off the bench for Southern Miss (5-for-8 shooting) on the heels of a 16-point outing on Monday.
-Cortez Edwards' 18 points were a team-high, the ninth time he's paced the squad in that category.
-The Golden Eagles shot 50 percent (16-for-32) in the second half.
-Southern Miss had more assists (12) than turnovers (11) for the third time in four games this season.
-Tyree Griffin's five assists marked the 11th time in his career he's accomplished that feat.
-Kevin Holland is 5-for-9 from long range to begin the season.
-Dominic Magee has no turnovers in his last two games (47 minutes).