South Dakota pulls away in 2nd half to down USM

South Dakota pulls away in 2nd half to down USM
The Mississippi High School Activities Association basketball playoffs are now in the semifinal round, and eight teams from the Pine Belt are trying to play their way into championship games. (Photo source: Raycom Image Bank)

SIOUX FALLS, SD - The University of South Dakota broke open a close game Friday with early in the second half to pull away to an 84-71 win over the University of Southern Mississippi in the Samford Pentagon Showcase.

USM (2-2) trailed just 32-31 at halftime and led 34-33 when the Coyotes (5-1) went on a 14-2 run to grab a 47-36 lead with 13:21 left in the second half.

The Golden Eagles cut the lead to 49-44 on a 3-pointer by junior Dominic Magee, but would get no closer as South Dakota won its third consecutive game.

Junior guard Cortez Edwards scored a team 18 points for the Golden Eagles, while guard Tyree Griffin added 14 points and junior guard Anfernee Hampton 13 points.

Griffin also collected five assists.

Forward Trey Burch-Manning led South Dakota with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Forward Tyler Hagedon had 16 points and seven rebounds and guard Matt Mooney had 15 points, four rebounds and four assists.

Forward Dan Jech came off the bench for eight points and seven rebounds for the Coyotes.

Mooney and Hagedon each scored 11 points in the second half.

USM will take on Youngstown State University (3-3) at 4 p.m. in the round-robin tournament before wrapping up the three-day event at 11 a.m. Sunday against the University of Northern Colorado.

YSU lost Friday 80-67 to Northern Colorado.