South Dakota Closes Out Road Trip in Mile-High City

The Game

South Dakota wraps up their three-game road trip Saturday afternoon in Denver. The Coyotes and Pioneers will meet at 2:00 pm (MT) inside Hamilton Gymnasium for the first time since 2020.

A live stream can be found on denverpioneers.com/watch, which requires a subscription. Fans can tune into the game on the Coyote Sports Network with John Thayer on KVHT 106.3 FM in Yankton/Vermillion or by using The Varsity Network app.

The Series

USD leads the young all-time series against DU with a 14-8 advantage. South Dakota has won the previous eight matchups against Denver including an 80-71 win in Vermillion on Jan. 13.

The Coyotes

The Coyotes got back on the winning track after a two-game skid with a win Thursday night in Omaha. South Dakota led wire-to-wire in a 91-69 defeat of the Omaha Mavericks. USD shot nearly 60 percent from the field in Baxter Arena and knocked down nine of 19 three-pointers. Tasos Kamateros led the way with 20 points and eight rebounds while Erik Oliver provided 17 huge points off the bench. Kamateros is averaging a team-high 18.3 points on 55 percent shooting over the last four games.

In their previous meeting against the Pioneers, five Coyotes scored in double-figures including 25 points and eight rebounds from Kruz Perrott Hunt, both career highs for the sophomore. South Dakota used a 17-1 run in the middle of the first half to fuel what was their second of five straight wins.

The Pioneers

After starting 4-5 in conference play, Denver has dropped four of their last five. Two nights ago, the Pioneers gave league-leading South Dakota State a battle in the first half and headed into the halftime break tied at 35. Denver started the second half strong and took a one-point lead early in the half, but South Dakota State eventually ran away in an 84-61 game.

The Pioneers stood strong against the Jacks without their two best players in KJ Hunt and Jordan Johnson. DU made 10 three-pointers to keep themselves in the game and limited SDSU’s scorer Baylor Scheierman to 11 points. The defensive end has been solid for Jeff Wulbrun’s team. The Pioneers allow 73.5 points per game and are second in the Summit League in blocks per game with 3.5 blocks.

One Last Thing

The Coyotes are in another stretch of four games in eight days, a trend that is starting to become familiar territory for USD. This is the third time this year South Dakota is dealing with a four-games-in-eight-days stretch.

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