SDSU men blow out USD, 84-65

South Dakota State's Baylor Scheierman shoots a shot during a 84-65 win over South Dakota on Saturday night at Frost Arena in Brookings.

BROOKINGS – South Dakota State jumped out to an 11-0 lead and that was all she wrote as the Jackrabbit men beat the Coyotes 84-65 on Saturday night.

“… I was really proud of how our guys set the tone. You know in games like this, they’re all going to have fight. … Their kids played with fight and our guys played with fight. Our guys, just really, proud of how they got off to a good start and were able to finish them off,” said SDSU head coach Eric Henderson.

This was USD’s first game since Dec. 22. and have practiced just four times in the past 16 days. The Coyotes had just eight players play Saturday and USD head coach Todd Lee said he thought his team was a little rusty right away.

“The last game we played was Dec. 22, so we expected some rust and guys aren’t in great shape right now. We practiced Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Monday and Tuesday we were just trying to let them get their legs under them a little bit and then Thursday and Friday felt a little bit more like college basketball practices. … I looked out there [tonight] and they have their hands on their head and their not in great basketball shape,” Lee said.

Tasos Kamateros hit a three cut the lead to 25-22 with nine minutes remaining. Henderson said his team started turning the ball over more and that’s what let the Coyotes get back in the game.

“We had a couple turnovers in that stretch and then [USD] was able to play with a little bit more pace offensively and it was a little easier for them score. We just need to do a better job of taking care of the basketball in certain moments and not allowing teams to creep in and go on a run like they did tonight,” Henderson said.

SDSU went on a 21-8 run to end the half and took a 49-30 lead into the locker room. SDSU shot 68% from the field in the first half and were 8-11 from three.

USD cut the lead to 51-36 a minute and a half into the second half. The Jacks then pushed the lead to 61-39 with 14:19 left in the game.

The Jacks took their largest lead of the game with 3:22 left at 82-56. SDSU then cruised to the finish line.

Baylor Scheierman went 8-8 from the field and scored 19 points. He also had seven rebounds and six assists. True freshman Zeke Mayo scored a career-high 21 points. Scheierman said he’s been really impressed with Mayo so far this sesson.

“[Mayo] has been great. He’s been coming into his own, especially in conference play. Making the right reads and making shots at a high level is huge and then making plays on the defensive end. He’s special,” Scheierman said.

SDSU finished the night shooting 56.6% from the field and 10-18 from three. The Jacks were 14-16 at the free throw line. Luke Appel had 13 points and five rebounds. Douglas Wilson had 10 points and six boards.

USD shot 45% from the field and 8-23 from three. The Coyotes came into the game with 288 free throws attempted, which was fourth in the country. USD had just four attempts on Saturday night and made three of them.

“We talked a lot about [them getting to the free throw line],” Henderson said. “We wanted to own the paint and play without fouling. They do a terrific job of getting to the foul line. There’s a little bit of it where they play in the post a lot and so do we. … We worked on it a lot, of playing straight up and making them score over the top of us, and making sure we get first shot rebounds.

“I thought our guys did a terrific job of not panicking and then we started to double post because we wanted to make sure we weren’t fouling and they weren’t scoring around the basket.”

Mason Archambault had 16 points. Hunter Goodrick had 15 points. Boogie Anderson and Kruz Perrot-Hunt each had 10 points.

The Jacks won the rebound battle 33-24. Each team had 34 points in the paint.

SDSU is now 4-0 in Summit League play and 13-4 overall. Henderson said he’s liked the way his team has started conference play, but there is still a lot of season left.

“… We’ve played three games at home, so we’ve tried not read too much into that stuff, especially this early. Certainly I wouldn’t want to be any other place, I’ll want to say that too. But it’s important that we take each and every game and look at it as an opportunity to get better and put our best foot forward and hopefully the outcome goes our way,” Henderson said.

SDSU will travel to Omaha next. The Jacks take on the Mavericks at 7:30 p.m.



South Dakota (7-7, 0-3)

Masson Archambault 6-12 0-0 16, Hunter Goodrick 6-9 2-2 15, Boogie Anderson 5-9 0-0 10, Kruz Perrot-Hunt 5-13 0-0 10, Tasos Kamateros 2-7 0-0 6, Nikola Zizic 2-4 1-2 5, Kanon Koster 1-1 0-0 3, Erik Oliver 0-5 0-0 0. Totals 27-60 3-4 65.

South Dakota State (13-4, 4-0)

Zeke Mayo 7-10 2-2 21, Baylor Scheierman 8-8 0-0 19, Luke Appel 5-8 3-3 13, Douglas Wilson 3-5 4-4 10, Matt Dentlinger 4-4 1-1 9, Alex Arians 1-8 2-4 5, Matt Mims 1-3 0-0 3, Charlier 1-7 0-0 2. Totals 30-53 14-16 84.

USD     30 35 – 65

SDSU   49 35 – 84

3-point field goals – USD 8-23 (Koster 1-1, Archambault 4-6, Goodrick 1-2, Kamateros 2-5, Oliver 0-5), SDSU 10-18 (Scheierman 3-3, Mayo 5-6, Mims 1-2, Arians 1-3, Appel 0-1, Easley 0-3). Rebounds – USD 24 (Perrot-Hunt, Kamateros 5), SDSU 33 (Scheierman 7). Assists – USD 13 (Archambault 3), SDSU 11 (Scheierman 6). Steals – USD 4 (Archambault 2), SDSU 6 (Scheierman 2). Blocks – USD 2 (Kamateros, Zizic ), SDSU 2 (Wilson, Dentlinger). Turnovers – USD 10, SDSU 13. Total fouls – USD 17, SDSU 15. Fouled out – Kamteros. Technical fouls – none. A – 3,351.


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