Coyote Men knock out St. Thomas to extend winning streak to four
ST. PAUL, Minnesota (USD) – Mason Archambault scored a career-high 27 points to lead South Dakota to its fourth straight win and a 90-79 win at St. Thomas on Saturday inside Schoenecker Arena .
It was the first meeting between the two programs. The Tommies (8-10, 2-4 Summit), in their first season transitioning from NCAA Division III to Division I, got 24 points from Riley Miller and 19 from Anders Nelson, but lost their third in a row.
South Dakota (11-7, 4-3) shot nearly 60 percent from the field and beat St. Thomas at its own game — the 3-point shot. The Coyotes went 12 of 18 from downtown after setting a Division I era record 17 in a win at Omaha. St. Thomas, which averages 14 triples a night, did 10 of 26 on Saturday.
Archambault was 9 of 13 from the field, including 6 of 9 from beyond the arc. The Coyotes also got 22 points from Kruz Perrott-Hunt, 14 from Tasos Kamateros and 13 from Boogie Anderson.
“Mason has 27 points and often guards the best perimeter player as well,” said USD head coach Todd Lee. “Mason only had one turnover tonight in 36 minutes. I thought him and Boogie, even though their two guards were scoring the basketball, they had to work for it. Both Mason and Boogie did a great job.
South Dakota shot 64% in the first half (16 of 25) and made 8 of 12 three-pointers, but had to settle for a 43-43 tie at the break. The Coyotes briefly led by nine, but the Tommies finished the half on a 15-6 run after Ryan Lindberg’s 3 in the first half.
He was tied 63-63 with just over eight minutes remaining. A key streak ensued which began with two Perrott-Hunt free throws. Archambault recovered to block a Miller layup on the defensive end, then Perrott-Hunt buried a triple on the other end to make it 68-63.
It remained at least a two possession lead for South Dakota until Brooks Allen’s layup cut the lead to 78-75 with a minute remaining. But Perrott-Hunt had two free throws and the Coyotes broke an all-court pressure with a score and a foul by Damani Hayes. South Dakota sealed it at the free throw line.
Archambault was coming off a 25-point outburst last weekend against Omaha. He recorded his third 20-point effort of the season on Saturday. Perrott-Hunt has exceeded 20 points four times this year.
South Dakota will try to make it five in a row Monday in a catch-up game against Western Illinois in Macomb. Tipping is 6 p.m. The Leathernecks are 12-7 overall and 3-4 inside the Summit after a 93-75 loss to South Dakota State on Saturday in Macomb.