South Dakota holds on late, stops Drake 79-74 in opener
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Trey Burch-Manning scored 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and South Dakota held off a late charge by Drake to earn a 79-74 win in the season opener Friday night.
Matt Mooney had 21 points for the Coyotes and Tyler Flack added 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Reed Timmer had 17 points to lead Drake, and his 3-pointer with 1:10 left got the Bulldogs within one, 75-74, but Mooney collected a steal in the final minute and knocked down a trey of his own to put South Dakota up, 78-74 with 19 seconds left.
C.J. Rivers and Graham Woodward each had 10 points for the Bulldogs.
Drake outshot the Coyotes from the field, hitting 47.3 percent (26 of 55), but South Dakota more than made up the difference with volume, launching 65 shots and connecting on 30 (46.2 percent). The Coyotes connected on 8 of 24 shots from distance.