Simpson leads South Dakota past Drake 93-65
VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) Triston Simpson matched his career high with 18 points, Trey Burch-Manning added 17 points and nine rebounds and South Dakota took over in the second half to defeat Drake 93-65 on Wednesday night.
Tyler Hagedorn added 16 points and Matt Mooney added 14 for the Coyotes (8-3), who outscored the Bulldogs (4-4) by 24 in the second half.
Hagedorn and Burch-Manning combined for the last four points of the first half for a 47-43 lead at the break. After the Bulldogs’ Graham Woodward started the second half with a 3, South Dakota put together a 20-5 run to make it 63-51 with 12:44 to play.
The lead was sitting at 14 with less than 10 minutes remaining when Simpson sandwiched 3-pointers around a Mooney 3 to start at 15-0 run to wrap it up.
After both teams shot well in the first half, the Coyotes kept it going, finishing 37 of 65 (57 percent), including 11 of 22 from distance. Simpson had four 3s and finished 7 of 8 from the field. Burch-Manning was 7 of 9.
Drake was 19 of 30 in the first half but just 8 of 23 in the second, going 3 of 11 behind the arc after going 5 of 9 before the break. Reed Timmer had 14 points for Drake.